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Silvio Anthony Bragagnolo

July 28, 1923 - September 25, 2014


Silvio Anthony Bragagnolo was born in Nelson, BC on July 28th1923. 91 years later he passed away in his hometown on September 25th, 2014. 

He spent his childhood years in Nelson and went on to attend the University of Toronto, later finishing his degree in Education at the University of British Columbia. He served in the Canadian Air Force in World War II and returned to Nelson where he married his sweetheart Rina on August 1st, 1945. They went on to raise 6 wonderful children while he embarked on his teaching career, beginning first at Central School. 

Silvio (or Mr. B. as his students called him), was a skilled educator, spending the majority of his career as an administrator at various elementary schools around Nelson. Silvio was involved in the amalgamation of South Nelson and was one of the founders of the Blewett Ski Hill, later known as Morning Mountain. He also was a member of the Italian Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Retired Teachers Association. Silvio was awarded, “Man of the Year” by the Nelson Italian Canadian Society in 1993. 

Silvio’s great passions were spending time with his family, working in his garden, building rock walls and enjoying his beach property. 

He is survived by his loving wife Rina of 69 years, children; Michael (Becky), Maureen (Gregg), Maryana, (John), Mark (Wendy) and Marcia (Andy); 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons, sister Helen and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Martin. 

As Silvio often said, “Good wine, good food and good people, what more do you need?”


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Linda & Ray Tognotti
Relation: second cousin by marriage

Hi Rena & family, Auntie Flora reached us regarding Silvio’s passing and wanted you to know our thoughts are with you. We are so sorry for your loss but do believe that he will live on with you forever through the many years of creating special memories together. They are never really gone. Take care of each other. We love you. Linda & Ray

From: Greg & Mardelle Corbett
Relation: Neighbours

It was a wonderful experience growing up with Mr. B across the street, and being included in the family activities. I am glad I included visits in later years, keeping up with the family activities. Mr. B will be missed.

Our thoughts & prayers to Rina and family, sorry that I am unable to attend the memorial service.

From: Beverley (Matheson) Morrison
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

To the Braganolo family – I was so sad to read of Silvio’s passing. I had the good fortune to be one of his students in the 1950s, first in Central School, then St Saviours Hall, then at the Junior High School. I’ve always considered Mr B to be my all-time favourite teacher – he was well respected and loved by all. My very sincere condolences. God bless.

From: Shawn & Michelle Seminoff
Relation: friends

Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you Rina. You are in our thoughts and prayers. And a thank you for welcoming us into your family all those years ago. You and Silvio hold a very special place in our hearts. Love to you all

From: Christine Couston (Aikins)
Relation: former student

I was privileged to have Mr. B. as a teacher in Central School in the 1950’s. What an exceptional teacher he was. So caring. I offer my condolences to the family.

From: Sandra (Aikins) Jeffs
Relation: Teacher

It was my privilege to have Mr. B as my teacher in the 1950’s both at Central School and the Junior High. He was my favourite teacher and always a wonderful, caring man. He will be sorely missed. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of grief.

From: kathy vecchio
Relation: friend of the family

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father I remember him very well. I am sending you my prays and thoughts to the family

From: Ronalie James
Relation: Wonderful neighbours

Bragagnolo family- I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. and Mrs. B were such wonderful friends and neighbours to my parents for many, many years! I have many fond memories- getting in trouble for stealing Mr B’s prize grapes- I was certain he knew every grape he grew!;burning through my leather mitts on the rope tow at Blewett ski hill;having to pick my share of rocks before I could swim at Braggy’s Beach and many family dinners and celebrations. I am so thankful I stopped in in the summer of 2013 and had a short visit and reminisced about my parents and rock walls and such. Mr B was much loved and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Mary and Harold Krische
Relation: Father of Maureen, great friends

Our sincerest condolences to the Bragagnolo extended family on the loss of one heck of a wonderful family man and academic. He was so proud of his family and of his kids at school! God bless!

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 30, 2014
Beginning at 10:30am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

 St. Joseph’s School or the Alzheimer’s Society809 Davies StreetNelson, BCV1L 3T6

Thank You Notice

Silvio’s family would like to thank all the caregivers at Mountain Lakes, especially those in Beach View Cottage for their compassion and support as well as Dr. Janz and Dr. McKechnie. We would also like to thank Joanne Shrieves for her kindness and special care. 

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