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Passed on: January 5th, 2013

On January 5th, 2013, Raffaele Torchia, 90 years, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side. Raffaele was born on January 12, 1922 to parents Joe and Maria Torchia in Amato Catanzaro, Italy.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Vittoria in 2004 after 54 years of marriage.

He is survived by sons Mario (Elaine) Torchia, Joe Torchia and Dave Torchia; daughters Filomena Carnovale, Pierina (Doug) Nystoruk and Raffelina Kellington. Grandchildren: Darcy, Rashel, Daniel, Maria, Meghan, Michael and Teah; seven great grandchildren. Also survived by his sister Serafina Loschiavo, son-in-law Blair Kellington, daughter-in-law Sherry Blower, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

After returning from the war, Ralph immigrated to Kamloops in 1951 with his wife Vittoria and son Mario, where they made Kamloops their home for the past 62 years. His employment years began with working on his Uncle Pete Morelliís farm when they arrived to Canada. As his family began to grow, Ralph was fortunate in expanding his employment opportunities. From the farm, Ralph worked in construction for many years with Interior Contracting until he landed a full-time job with the City of Kamloops. This took him to his retirement in February 1987. Dad was very proud of the opportunity given to him in becoming a Canadian citizen and having the life he had.

Dad's memorable pastimes, besides spending time with his loving family and friends, was tending to his garden, fruit trees and grape vines in his back yard. This was his favorite place and you could be guaranteed to find him sitting at his picnic table smoking his pipe in the company of his neighbors and the family dogs. Sometimes you would be greeted with him sitting in his favorite chair outside the front door when you pulled into the driveway, of course smoking his pipe and a smile on his face. Dad enjoyed the time and friendship spent with Tony at his welding shop, his daily walks, and the friendships he made in his 90 years.

We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the Home Support Workers, 7 North Nursing Staff and Kamloops Hospice for the loving care you provided to our dad. Dr. Joslyn Conley and Dr. Johan Van Heerden, thank you for your kindness and compassion given to our dad in his last days. To family and friends, thank you for your love and support.

Dad you will be forever loved
and held dear in our hearts.
We will all miss you.

Prayers will be recited on Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Reverend Father Peter will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at the Church on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Sage Valley Mausoleum, Hillside Cemetery.

Should friends desire, donations in memory of Raffaele Torchia, to Kamloops Hospice, 72 Whiteshield Cres. S., Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9 are appreciated.

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