Primo Pietro Magro

Primo Pietro Magro


Primo passed away on

Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the age of 86 years. He is

survived by his loving family: two sons, Adriano Magro (Diane Pich and son Mckenzie) and Sergio Magro all of Burnaby, BC. Predeceased by his wife

Elvira on August 8, 2000.

Predeceased by his siblings: Vincenzo Giuseppe, Regina Maria, Angela, Teresina,

Vittorio, Pierina, Sante Emilio, Antonio, Secondo Paolo (twin).

Primo was born on August 7, 1924 in Basalghelle di

Mansue, Treviso, Italy.

During WWII, Primo served as an anti-aircraft gunner in the Italian army where he was actively involved in the “Battle of the Brenner.” In 1944, while positioned in Trento, Primo’s duty was to visually sight and shoot down enemy aircraft in order to protect the bridges over the Adige River. By the end of the war, Primo would survive 6 months of brutal fighting and safely return home to his family.

In 1956 Primo married Elvira Maria Sandre in Italy. In

October of 1958 Primo and Elvira set sail for Canada on board the MV Saturnia. After a long voyage they landed in Halifax at Pier 21.They then travelled by rail across the country, arriving in Prince Rupert, BC where they would later re-marry at an informal ceremony at the Court House.

On June 28, 1960 Primo and Elvira became proud parents for the first time with son, Adriano. They would become

parents for a second time on August 5, 1965 with son,


In 1994, Primo and Elvira left Northern BC for the

Okanagan. Kelowna would become their new home where they would enjoy life with friends old and new.

On August 8, 2000, Elvira Maria Magro quietly passed away after a long and brave battle with breast cancer. She was 66 years old.

The Magro family would like to thank our friends and family in Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince Rupert, Toronto, and Italy for your love and support.

Prayers will be recited on Monday, June 27th at 7:00 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC, where also a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 28th at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC

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