Savina Valeriote Scannell 1922-2015

We said our final goodbyes to my grandmother today.  She was an amazing woman who led an interesting life for 93 years.  She had 6 children, 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and we all loved her very much.

Raised in The Ward in Guelph, Ontario by Italian Immigrants, Grandma had a ridiculous number of siblings.  So many that I won’t even attempt to count them all. She went on to marry William McCarty and then, after a divorce (something not common in her time) Jim Scannell.  You could say she had a thing for Irishmen.

I was one of the youngest grandchildren, so my experiences growing up with her was different than my cousins.  To me she always lived in the Park Mall Apartments, the one with the store on the ground floor.  If we were lucky she’d give us some change to go down there and buy candy.

If not, there was always, always gingerale and cookies to be had.  In fact I swear the first words out of her mouth when you went to visit were “There are cookies in the cupboard and gingerale in the fridge.” When I worked across the road at the Guelph Public Library as a teenager I would go to her place for our half hour “lunch”.

She spent her last years at St. Joe’s where she passed away on September 3rd.

I hope wherever she is now she’s happy.

Love you Grandma, Rest in Peace.

4 thoughts on “Savina Valeriote Scannell 1922-2015”

  1. Hello, my name is Deirdre and I am daughter of Rose, who is a sister to your grandfather James Scannell. I was so very sorry to see that your grandmother Nina passed away recently. All our family send our deepest sympathy to you all. I have very happy memories of Nina and Jimmy when they visited us back in the seventies when they were over here in UK on Reunions. Good wishes to you all.l My Mum Rose is 92 years and a great grandmother of seven.

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