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February 25, 1937 — April 5, 2023

Franco Marcanio went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2023, surrounded by family, in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Romilde; daughters Elena Tostenson (Craig) and Catia Evans (Paul); grandchildren Brenden Tostenson (Sarah), Elisa Layher (Scott), and Steven Tostenson (Alexandra); great-grandchildren Easton, Dawson, Emilia, and Jackson; sister Italia; and numerous family and friends.  He was predeceased by his parents Vittoriano and Elena; and sisters Albina and Marianina.

Franco was born in Celano, Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1957 where he worked as a section foreman for the CN Railway. Franco returned to Italy in 1960 where he met and married the love of his life, Romilde. Frank and Romi moved to Kelowna and settled and raised their family in the Glenmore Valley where they have lived together for the last 63 years.

Well known to be hardworking and innovative, Franco was a loyal friend who was generous with his time.  He was a problem solver, and no job was ever too difficult.  He was welcoming and opened his heart and home to many people.  A passionate, active and strong-willed man, he loved his family, and they always came first.

Franco gave back to the Okanagan community in many ways.  A parishioner at St. Pius X Catholic Church since 1960, he was also a founding and active member of the Kelowna Canadian-Italian Club (est. 1966).  He worked as cellar supervisor at Calona Wines for 31 years.  Franco had Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years but didn’t let the disease stop him from living his life to the fullest.

Special thanks to the Short Stay Unit staff at Cottonwoods, Lia Sambrielaz, and Dr. Thomson for their excellent care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 11:00 am, with Father Pfliger presiding at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC, with reception following in the church hall. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below).

There will be a private graveside service for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Parkinson’s Society.

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Friday, April 14, 2023, at 11:00 am

St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC

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The service for MARCANIO, Franco is scheduled for Friday, April 14, 2023, at 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC

1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC


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  • Patricia DiRenzo says:

    Saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. Condolences and prayers to you all during this time.
    Patricia (Kevin) DiRenzo

  • Linda & Renny Rantucci says:

    Romi , Elena , Catia and family
    Thoughts and prayers are with you .
    The world is a lesser place because of your loved one’s
    passing ,

    Linda and Renny Rantucci

  • Sara andTony Cimino says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the whole family. Mr. Marcanio will always be remembered as such a kind and gentle man. He loved his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren.
    May he rest in peace.
    Sara (DiMaria) and Tony Cimino

  • Robert Rantucci says:

    Most of my young life and present involved Frank and Romi. We were relatives and Frank was close to our family. Frank was an important member of the Italian community and will always be remembered by all of us that we’re lucky enough to know him. He was an example to all of us about never quitting on yourself and to do the very best you can at all time.
    God bless you uncle Frank

  • Maria Ridgewell says:

    Romi, Elena, Catia & family our condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Love Maria & Gordon

  • Al and Frances Lemire says:

    So sorry to hear of Franco passing away. May God wrap his love and peace around you and in your hearts. Although he is gone, he will be remembered in your hearts forever.. Love Frances

  • Dodie Costain says:

    Romi, Elena, Catia and family,
    My condolences to you, so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. May you find peace in all the beautiful memories. Love and hugs
    Dodie Costain

  • Guy Robert Moore and the Late Donna Moore. says:

    To Romilda, Caudia, and Ellina.:
    Very sad to learn of Frank’s passing. He was an amazing man with love of his family, church and faith and most importantly love and caring of his family. With a strong work ethic Frank was an important part of his community. Frank will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. I remember how Donna cared for him very much and she would have echoed my message.
    I hope over time that the entire family will be comforted with his legacy.
    Much Love, Guy.

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