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Mario Spagnuolo

August 21, 1940 - March 6, 2020



It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to our beloved Mario. A wonderful husband, father, brother, friend, and wonderful human being. he will forever be loved and will always be missed. ❤️

Mario was born in the small town of Montefredane, in the province of Avellino, in the region of Campania, in Italy. As a child, he played and worked on his mom and dads farm , Antonio and Virginia Spagnuolo,with his brothers Sylvestro, John, Nick, Cosimo, and his sister Nina.   On June 17, 1951 , his oldest brother Sylvestro emigrated to Canada to pursue a better life. On February 4, 1953 , his second oldest brother John, emigrated to Canada to join Sylvestro. His Father Antonio then emigrated to Canada in September 1953.Mario’s other 2 brothers ,Nick and Cosimo, emigrated to Canada on March 05 , 1954. After being separated from some of his family, Mario emigrated to Canada with his sister Nina and his mother Virginia , landing in Halifax on December 20, 1955. They made their way to Vancouver  by train in time to reunite with his family for Christmas.

Mario was a shoeshiner in downtown Vancouver before going to hairdressing school in 1963 to become a hairdresser. In one of the first salons he worked at , was another hairdresser named Mario. This caused some confusion so they decided to call Mario ,  “Marco “. Marco owned and operated many salons, his first being La Roma coiffures on Cambie st. In the late 1960’s. Marco opened his own hairdressing school in the late 1970’s at Gilmore and Hastings in Burnaby called “ Marco’s school of hair design, where he enjoyed teaching hundreds of students for around  25 years. Marco also worked for the BC hairdresser association for many years, judging competition’s and travelling all over BC inspecting salons for permits and business liscences.

Mario met his first wife Joan and got married in 1967. Mario and Joan had 2 sons. Dino was born on July 10,1967 and Marco was born on May 20,1969. Mario enjoyed attending his sons soccer and lacrosse games as he had a passion for sports.

Mario met his second wife Edith when she came to get her hair done at Marco’s school in 1991. He protected her and supported her for the next 29 years.Mario and Edith enjoyed spending time at their cabin , at the Glen, in Washington state and shopping at local shops nearby.

Mario enjoyed travelling back to Italy many times, going on a few cruises up and down the Pacific, and visiting the Okanagan where his son Marco and his brother Cosimo live.

Mario  ( Marco ) will be greatly missed by his wife Edith ( and family );

son Marco ( Kelly ); brothers John ( Ginetta ),Nick (Alba ),Cosimo (Rosa);

sister Nina ( Tony ), many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

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From: Marco Spagnuolo
Relation: Son

My loving father,dad. Thank you for loving me and being a wonderful father to me. Thank you for teaching me many life lessons such as working hard and showing me to live life to the fullest. Thank you for instilling good morals and great values in me such as respect and family. Thank you for being my friend and spending time with me.
Like when we went to Italy together. That was the trip of a lifetime and those memories we made with be with us forever. Thank you very much for being the wonderful, kind,loving,funny ,caring, father that you were. You will forever be deeply missed and always loved. Until we meet again, your loving son Marco 💔❤️💔❤️

From: Tracy L

I was a student of Marco’s in 92/93. He was a great teacher who taught us to work hard and strive to be our best. Most of us in class were young and would sometimes go out after school. When he’d find out we went out the night before he’d make us do pincurls on the mannequin heads all next day as punishment for not being at our best in the morning for class! He made us laugh and sometimes closed the school to take us for lunch at the Italian restaurant down the street. In the early to mid 2000’s I’d stop in and visit for coffee or lunch and we’d just chat about life. He was always very caring. After he retired I’d sometimes run into him when he’d be shopping at Rona. We’d chat and laugh about life. It’s been about 6 years since I last saw Mario and wish I had the opportunity to have seen him again. Edith, Marco and family, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

From: Loren Spagnuolo
Relation: Uncle

Thank you for being the Uncle who was always open to a good discussion, with laughter, honesty, positivity in a very non-judgemental way. I will miss you dearly. Much Love. Loren

From: Carlo and Rosa Felicella
Relation: Friends

To Edith and Family – It is with deep sadness that we feel with the passing of our long time friend Marco. Carlo has many wonderful memories of their long history in the hair styling industry. He also valued their friendship that was always full of laughter. Carlo and Rosa will miss Marco dearly. We send our prayers to you all.

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