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Early Years

World War I and
Interwar Period

World War II
and After

Cultural Life



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The source for the following family profiles is With Heart And Soul: Calgary's Italian Community by Antonella Fanella.  The Heritage Community Foundation thanks her for permission to use these materials, as well as the University of Calgary Press.

  • Tony Aiello-Provincial champion in Track.

  • Amantea Family-They resided in Calgary around 1953.The Andrenacci family, Fermo, Italy, 1948.  Photo courtesy of Glenbow Archives.

  • Andrenacci Family-Emigrated to Calgary from Fermo (Marche), Italy in 1948.

  • Blasetti Family- Wedding photo of Guido Blasetti and Julia Poscente, 1941.  Photo courtesy of the family.Grandparents emigrated from Antrodoco in the Abruzzo region of Italy.  Guido, the son of Bernardina (nee Serani) Guy Blasetti, Guido and Julia's son.  Photo courtesy of the family. and Andrea (Andrew) Blasetti, arrived in Nordegg as a baby in 1914 and grew up to be a very successful entrepreneur, establishing one of the largest trucking firms in Canada, "The Big Horn Transport," which today is a family-run business.

  • Dora Buccini-Isa Buccini, Calgary Policewoman.   Photo courtesy of Glenbow Archives.Employed by the Hudson's Bay Company at the outbreak of World War ll.

  • Isotta (Isa) Buccini-Isotta (Isa) Buccini, Dora's sister, joined the Air Force. Isa went on to become one of Calgary's first female police officers in 1949.

  • Mary Bussi-Employed by the Hudson's Bay Company at the outbreak of World War ll.

  • Ilda Cambruzzi, Calgary, Alberta, July 1957.   Photo courtesy of Glenbow Archives.Luigia (Luisa) & Gioacchino De Marchi, July 13, 1957, Calgary, Alberta.  Photo courtesy of Glenbow Archives.Ilda and Angelo Cambruzzi-They had a double wedding with friends Gioacchino and Luigia De Marchi in 1957, and are members of Calgary's Bellunesi Association.

  • Luca Carloni-He came to Nordegg from Antrodoco (Lazio), Italy. When his sister's children were orphaned by the influenza epidemic of 1918, he moved to Calgary to look after them. He was instrumental in founding the Italian Club, the Sportsman Dinner Association and the Columbus Savings and Credit Union.1

  • Michele (Mike) Ciccaglione-He was born in Sessano, Italy, and studied restaurant management and business administration in Lucerne, Switzerland for six years.  He moved to Calgary in 1962, working first as a waiter, before beginning his career as an entrepreneur in the food industry.  After opening the Prairie Dog Inn restaurant in 1967, he became the Canadian distributor for El Molino Company, a producer of Mexican food and sauces.  He anticipated the enormous growth in public taste for Latino foods and El Molino Foods of Canada Ltd. has continued to grow.  Other ventures include the Mexican Village chain, Il Giardino Restaurants, the Royal Duke English Pub.  He and his wife Lucia have two children, Judy and Mike Junior.  He is a supporter of amateur soccer, the Calgary Food Bank, as well as supporting a range of community activities including the Multicultural Council of Canada.


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