It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, Pietro (Pete) Bittante on April 20, 2022. Pietro passed into the arms of our Lord with his close family around him, after a brief illness.

Pietro Fortunato Bittante was born on November 25, 1932 in Coste di Maser in the Italian province of Treviso. He was the eldest of seven children born to Alberto and Maria Bittante.

Pietro is survived by his loving wife Elsa of 61 years and his 5 children, Agnese (Mike), Renso (Laura), Roberto (Jana), Gianni (Leah), and Michele (Celine), his 15 grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and his sisters, Rina and Luisa, and brother, Armando (Lucia).

Pietro made the decision to start a new life in Canada and travelled here in 1956, following his uncles Carlo and Narciso, where he built his life-long house and home in Kamloops, British Columbia. He had met Elsa (née Foscarini) in Italy, but it was only after several years of exchanging letters that he saved the money to send her a ring, and she joined him in Canada, where they were married on July 16, 1960. He was eventually followed to Kamloops by his brother, Arturo and his sister, Luisa. He is predeceased
by his parents, his brothers, Iseo, Arturo, and Luigi as well as his sister-
in-law, Angela, his brothers-in-law, Bruno and Mario, his uncles, Carlo and Narciso, his aunt Pierina and his niece, Caterina.

Pietro enjoyed 28 years of retirement after spending 27 years working for the City of Kamloops. His retirement years were filled with family, gardening, fishing, woodwork, and more recently crafting rosaries for schools, prison inmates, and various Catholic organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a long-time member of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in North Kamloops.

He will be remembered forever in the hearts and memories
of his family and friends.

Prayers will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 PM, and the
funeral will be held on Monday, April 25 at 11 AM, both at
OLPH Church in North Kamloops.

Special thanks to the first responders, staff at Royal Inland Hospital,
and the staff at Trinity Care Hospice, where he spent his final hours.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity Care at
953 Southill Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 7Z9 in memory of Pietro.

The funeral mass will be live streamed at:
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13 Tributes

  1. Teresa Siranni
    Posted April 22, 2022 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Elsa and family, we are so saddened by your loss. Pietro was a long time neigbour on our street where we will miss seeing him at his home.. our thoughts and prayers are with you during this heart felt time.. May he RIP and be welcomed at the gates of heaven by all his neighbourhood friends and family..

  2. Jake Steinbrenner
    Posted April 23, 2022 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I will always remember Pietro’s incredible smile and absolute look of joy that started with the twinkle in his eyes. Your photo captures this perfectly. Kamloops lost a tremendous citizen and contributing member to the community. Appreciate being able to see him & Elsa again last summer at Mike & Celine’s in Calgary. Condolences and prayers for Elsa and the entire family.

  3. Rosina Caputo
    Posted April 23, 2022 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    As the neighborhood calls another one home we are very saddened by the loss of Pietro. Very kind, very thoughtful, very sweet man. It will be a definite change driving up the old ‘A&W Hill’ and not seeing him tending to his garden. He will be missed and our deepest condolences to the entire family in particular my dear friend Elsa. Much love to all.

  4. Karin Frijns
    Posted April 23, 2022 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Aggie and family, sincere condolences with the lost of an extreme friendly, amazing person. When we came over for visits he was always welcoming us as of we always knew each other. I am using on daily basis all his wooden kitchen utensils. I will always remember him as a funny, warm man. May he RIP. Big hugs from us all to you all. Karin, Christophe, Laura, Tom, Séverine & Kito.

  5. Anita Guglielmini
    Posted April 23, 2022 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    We wish to send our condolences to Elsa, Aggie, Renzo, Rob, Johnny, Michael and the rest of the Bittante family. He was always the person to crack a comment or joke to make everyone laugh. He was always fun and sweet to us on our family trips to Kamloops. He holds a special place in our memories growing up. Big hugs to all of you.
    From all of us

  6. Joan Vitovec
    Posted April 25, 2022 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    We were saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a wonderful and kind person. My son Thomas will always remember the discussions they had before the 8:30 am Masses, Thomas being the altar boy and Peter the usher. It got quite spirited at times! Our condolences to the whole family…he will be missed. Joan & Thomas Vitovec (Bregoliss)

  7. nipote gemma e famil
    Posted April 25, 2022 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    vi siamo vicini cara zia e carissimi cugini in questo momento cosi doloroso per voi con tanto affetto family Sandri from Italy hai love you

  8. Foscarini Angelo
    Posted April 25, 2022 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    ci siamo riuniti tutti in famiglia per assistere al funerale del caro zio Pietro .
    Vi ringraziamo per aver condiviso con noi questo triste momento .Le nostre sentite condoglianze .
    Famiglie Foscarini Angelo e Katia, Cristian, Francesco, Maurizia e nipoti.

  9. Brad Volk
    Posted April 25, 2022 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Bittante family. I was good friends with Mike and came over to his home often in High School and I was always greeted with warmth and kindness. You are all in my prayers! Brad Volk

  10. Lorne Piccolo
    Posted April 25, 2022 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    We are saddened to hear of Pietro’s passing and extend our most sincere condolences to the whole family. I remember the days we got together to play bocci and good times together when I was quite young.

    Lorne & Rosalia Piccolo

  11. Bruce Baker
    Posted April 26, 2022 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Rob,Renzo and the entire Bittante family. Your Dad led a remarkable life. A life
    well lived. We are thinking of you all during this time.
    Bruce and Nancy Baker

  12. Linda & Barry Weaver
    Posted April 27, 2022 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Agnese… We wish to express our condolences at the loss of your father. We remember well his wonderful, cheerful smile when he would come to the office. A dear, kind man indeed.

  13. Mario Comazzetto
    Posted April 27, 2022 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Elsa and family. We send our deepest sympathy for your loss.

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