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Luciano Martella

March 12, 1941 - May 5, 2020


Luciano Martella passed away in his home surrounded by his family on May 5, 2020, at the age of 79. He was born in Carpineto Romano, Italy, on March 12, 1941, to Francesco Martella and Anunziata Pagani. Luciano immigrated to Powell River in 1966 with his wife Rita Martella (née Raponi), with whom he had recently celebrated his 54th wedding anniversary. Luciano is survived by Rita, who devoted her life and time to caring for him, his children Patricia (Ken Windsor), Walter (Pam Wadden), Elena (Joel Oliphant) and Katherine (Blair Winsor), and sisters Pasqua, Maria, Bruna and Luigina. He was a proud nonno to his grandchildren Ashley (Shaun), Adam (Katrina), Marcello, Jack, Luci and Benjamin, and great-grandchildren Charlotte, Matthew and Madison. Luciano worked hard at the local mill, was also a master carpenter and built the family home where he spent his final days. He battled Parkinson’s disease for much of his adult life but lived life to the fullest, was involved with the community and took pleasure in spending time with family and friends. Luciano also loved to read, sing along to his favourite Italian music and kept a big garden, which included grapes for his endless supply of homemade wine. We will all miss you! The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Charles Van Zyl, the fourth floor nurses and staff, the palliative care nurses, home support staff, and numerous friends, family and volunteers who came to visit, play cards and sit with Luciano. A private family Mass has been held with a Memorial Mass to be held in the future.


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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Carla Devita
Relation: Friend

Dear Rita and family, sending you our prayers in the passing of luciano. He wax a brave man who endured his illness with dignity. May he rest in eternal peace, he certainly deserves it. May you be comforted by your family and friends.

From: Phylis Brown
Relation: Friend

Dear Rita and Family, Our thought and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Luciano is now at peace. Tom and Phyllis Brown

From: Rob Carriere
Relation: Acquaintance

It was always a pleasure to pour Mr Martella a cold orange juice and have a chat with him after his work-out’s at the Beach Garden Gym. Mr Martella’s constant drive and determination to keep his body as strong as it could be was so inspirational and up-lifting to me. Two thumbs up Mr Martella.

From: Helen Evans
Relation: Interacted with him and his wife at many concerts

My husband Chris and I sat in front of your parents at many concerts at the Complex, and we always remarked how proud he was of you, Walter. No one can ever replace a Dad, but he will live on in your heart. My deepest sympathy, Helen Evans

From: Helen Evans
Relation: Interaction at many concerts

My late husband Chris and I sat in front of your parents at many concerts in the Complex, Walter. We always remarked how proud he was of your musical talent. His death has left a big void, but that will be filled by the wonderful memories you have of him. Deepest sympathy, Helen Evans

From: Judi (Pritchard) Spencer
Relation: Friend and fellow music lover!

Dear Rita, Walter and family – I just heard of the passing of Luciano. My heart aches for with you and pours out love to you! Our families shared the understanding and daily life of Parkinson’s – and we also share the love of music. “Music touches the heart and heals the soul”.

Service Schedule

  Mass of Christian Burial

Date & Time:
May 9, 2020
Beginning at 11:00am

Stubberfield Funeral Home
7221 Duncan Street
Powell River, BC V8A 1W4

7221 Duncan Street
Powell River, BC V8A 1W4

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