Photo de Domenico COCOLICCHIO
Fiche créée le : 2007-01-28
Décès le : 2007-01-28
Parution : 2007-01-30
Conjoint(e) : Lillian Bedford
Paru dans : The Gazette, Montréal, QC

OBITUARY DOMENICO (TONY) COCOLICCHIO 1924 - 2007 Tony Cocolicchio, beloved husband of Lillian (nee Bedford), father of four, grandfather of sixteen, and great-grandfather of fourteen, passed away on January 28, 2007, leaving the world a remarkable display of artistic talent. A prolific and vigorous painter whose work area was awash in spilled oils and where turpentine hung in the air and burned the nostrils of visitors, his paintings, watercolours, pastels and charcoals were mirrors of many moods - some a brilliant display of vibrant and vivid colour, others eccentric and quirky, others somber and course, and still others delicate and fragile, and passionate and provocative. His art is his autobiography. It is his story, his needs, his hurt, his moods conveyed in a depth and range that he could not reach with words. They are a solitary man's sly communication with a public for whom he expressed no need. Tony was loved and adored by his wife of almost 60 years - a period he liked to call "a long time in a short while." For Lillian, it was too short a while. She was his true devotee, his steadfast advocate, his dedicated caregiver. His final days were difficult. Almost four months in bed in hospital, the recipient of two bacterial infections and one virus, he knew the end was coming but never complained; not once. He is a World War II vet, and they have seen death and they have a toughness. He served in the Canadian Navy from 1941 to 1945 on frigates and corvettes that guarded the supply ships over an Atlantic Ocean teeming with German u-boats. He saw ships go down. Tony's children are relieved his long, painful and undignified ordeal is over. They are: Marlene (and husband, Joe) of Mulgrave, N.S., Fred (and wife, Joyce) of Ottawa, Len (and wife, Debbie) of Calgary, and Gail (husband, George) of Bainsville, ON. He will be remembered fondly by his grandchildren, to whom he was "Pop". Tony is survived by his sisters Grace (husband, Roger) and Mafalda (husband, Salvatore), and his brother Vincent (wife, Andree). Visitation will be at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275 Sources Blvd., D.D.O., 514-685-3344, on Wednesday, January 31 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and funeral service for immediate family will be held on Thursday, February 1 at 3 p.m. Memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, National Life Building, 1400-522 University Ave., Toronto. ON M5G 2R5. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 1/30/2007

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