RICCARDO DE THOMASIS
MARCH 8, 1979 – APRIL 25, 2013
It is with deepest sorrow and heartache that we announce the passing of Riccardo De Thomasis.
After a courageous three year battle with cancer Riccardo passed away at St Boniface Hospital on Thursday April 25, 2013 with his loved ones at his bedside.
Riccardo will be forever loved and his memory cherished by his parents; Salvatore & Lidia, his siblings; Clarita (Rae), Annalisa, Mauro (Amira), Silvana (Gene), Fabrizia (Ed), Roberto, Sabrina, and Enrico. Nephews; Zachary, Alesandro, Caleb, Adrian, Jaedan. Nieces; Katiana and Ella. He will also be lovingly remembered by Bianca and his long time friends.
Riccardo's life passion was soccer. His love for the game began when he started playing in the Fort Garry community at the young age of six. His game developed as a teenager and by early adulthood he became a provincial elite player. Riccardo played primarily with Winnipeg's Ital-Inter Soccer Club while managing and running indoor soccer programs at the soccer spectrum, as well as the Calcetto summer soccer league. Riccardo devoted his career to coaching child, youth, and adult soccer for 17 years. His business, The Winnipeg Indoor Mini Soccer League was his pride and joy.
Riccardo will forever hold a special place in the hearts of everyone he touched. Adored by many, he was an inspiration, a role model, a vibrant hero and he is now our guardian angel.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 255 Stafford Street, Winnipeg MB. A private family interment will immediately follow at Green Acres Cemetery. A reception will then follow from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Immanuel Pentecostal Church Hall, 955 Wilkes Ave.
Many special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and palliative care staff at St. Boniface Hospital for their attentive care and support over the last few months.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Riccardo's name to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.