September 15, 1965
July 9, 2023
With deep sadness but also appreciation for a life well lived, we announce the passing of Antonio Visocchi. Antonio, also known as Tony, was born on September 15, 1935, in Sant’Angelo, Cassino, Italy. He was the youngest of Francesco Visocchi and Filomena DelGreco’s five children. Sadly, he lost his mother, who died in childbirth, alongside her sixth child. Some years later, Antonio’s father married Filomena Di Monaco, and they welcomed two more children, Achille and Giovanni.
Antonio’s childhood was filled with challenges, as he grew up in rural Italy during the aftermath of the Second World War. Despite the hardships, Antonio always approached life with joy and turned work into play. In 1955, at the age of 20, he left Italy to join his older brother Ralph in Calgary, Canada. He began working at CP Rail and later found a job in construction with Dominion Bridge. But it was a trip to Vancouver in the early 1960s that changed the course of his life. Antonio decided to stay in Vancouver after falling in love with the city’s dance halls and, more importantly, meeting his future wife, Myrna, at an Embassy Ballroom.
Antonio possessed the drive and common sense necessary to start a successful business. He contemplated two options: the toilet paper business or the food business. Choosing the latter, Antonio’s culinary skills became renowned. Anyone who tasted his meticulously prepared meals or his homegrown tomatoes agreed that he had made the right choice. Alongside his wife, Antonio operated a grocery store called Tony’s and became a pillar of the community. They welcomed three daughters: Lisa, Dina, and Cristina. In the mid-1970s, Antonio’s cheese supplier approached him with an offer to open a western division of the National Cheese Company. This opportunity led to the establishment of National Cheese Western Ltd., which thrived for the next three decades.
Although Antonio achieved great success in business, his true pride and joy were his family. Every week, his home became a gathering place where everyone shared a meal made from the fruits, vegetables, and wine that Antonio cultivated himself. Over the years, the table grew longer as the family expanded. Gardening, socializing, business, politics, and traveling were some of Antonio’s interests, but his family always remained his top priority. On Sunday, July 9th, Antonio passed away at the age of 87 due to a sudden infection. He may have left earlier than expected, but the mark he left on everyone who knew him will never be forgotten. His presence will live on through his family and friends.
The family expresses their gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Royal Columbian Hospital. Antonio is survived by his beloved wife Myrna, his daughters Lisa (Terry), Dina (Clark), and Cristina (Scott), his grandchildren Nicole (Miladin), Anthony (Vanessa), Dawson (Marisa), Ariel (Reece), Jordan (Claudia), Conner (Jessica), Brody, Aidan (Clarisse), and his great-grandchildren Mia, Maksim, and Aleksandar. A funeral mass will be held at St. Francis De Sales Parish on Balmoral St. in Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Royal Columbian Hospital or a charity of choice. Condolences can be offered to the family on the website http://www.dignitymemorial.com.