?Francesco Espedito Pirri, 77, of Quesnel, BC, passed away peacefully June 20th, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. “Franco” was born April 9, 1937 in Bisigniano, Cosenza Italy. He was the 2nd youngest son of four children born to Eugenio and Maria Assunta Pirri.
Francesco and his siblings grew up in Bisigniano before immigrating to Canada in 1958 where he first worked on the rail roads. Franco and his late wife Antonietta owned “Franco’s Italian Imported Foods” in Quesnel, BC for many years and shared a passion for gardening and sharing the fruits of their labor with all their friends and family. Franco began working at Cariboo Pulp and Paper soon after he immigrated and was employed there for over 30 years. Franco was a family man and gave all he had freely and lovingly to his family. He loved his granddaughters and spending time with each of them. He was blessed to raise one of them and see her flourish into an amazing young lady. He was so thankful to see the birth of his first great granddaughter Emily Jean which brought so much joy to his life. Franco loved ice fishing and enjoyed sharing his catch with anyone who got ‘skunked’ on the lake. He was a master at it. He enjoyed making wine, sausages, cheese and smoked fish and jerky and sharing it with all. He loved spending time with his niece Carmen Valoroso and nephew George Natalizio. He considered them his children.
Francesco is survived by his daughters Romana Pirri-Carreiro of Vancouver, B.C and Gina Parr (Mike Parr) of Quesnel, BC. and son Eugenio Pirri (D.D. Iles) of London, England. He was the loving grandfather of Talisa Pirri (William Bauzon) of Vancouver, BC, Cordell Dunkley (Brett Davis) of Quesnel, BC, Elisa-Maria Carreiro (Brandon Willier) of Vancouver, BC and the youngest granddaughter Valentina Carreiro of Vancouver, BC; and a great grandfather of Emily Jean Davis of Quesnel, BC. He was deeply loved by all his family and many friends. He made an impact in all our lives and will be greatly missed.