Mr. Battista Cava

Mr. Battista "Buddy" Cava

Saturday, December 4th, 1926 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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Mr. Battista “Buddy” Cava, age 93 years passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2, 2020 in Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Buddy was born on December 4, 1926 in Pedace, Italy. He immigrated to Canada on January 14, 1952, where he worked at Sask Pool 7 as a millwright for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

In 1959 he married Teresa, the love of his life, and together they enjoyed travelling and spent 18 winters in Arizona. Buddy was a long time member of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society since 1953, and he attended services weekly. He was a longtime member of the Italian Society of Port Arthur.

Despite his long history with diabetes, he was extremely independent and was able to live in his house until just recently. Buddy enjoyed regular visits to his friends in the city, often bringing them Italian treats.

He is survived by niece Maureen (Peter); nephews, Richard (Patrice), Bryan (Edith), Allan (Kim), Roger (Barbara) and Roy; numerous nieces and nephews in Italy and Canada.

Predeceased by his wife Teresa in 2012; his parents Filomena and Antonio in Italy; siblings, brother Riccardo; sisters Rosa, Emma and Carmela; brothers-in-law, Alfred and Buddy Cava; sisters-in-law Frances and Maime.

Funeral services for the late Battista Cava, will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020, with Funeral Mass at 10:30 am in St. Anthony's R.C. Church, celebrated by Fr. Luigi Filippini. Entombment to follow in Our Lady of Charity Mausoleum, St. Andrew's R.C. Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening after 5:00 pm in the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley Street at Algoma, with Vigil Prayers offered at 7:00 pm.

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Waverley Chapel
    299 Waverley Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, ON P7B 5Z7
    299 Waverley Street at Algoma, one block south of Red River Road, Thunder Bay North
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    Vigil Prayers will be offered at 7:00 pm in the Chapel.

    This event may be open-casket and the livestream may contain views of the deceased.

  • Service

    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, February 6th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church
    Corner of Hilldale and Dawson Road. Just west of County Fair Plaza.
  • Interment

    Our Lady of Charity Mausoleum - St. Andrew's R.C. Cemetery
    Corner of Oliver Road and Balmoral/Algonquin Avenues, Thunder Bay North.
  • Reception

    Italian Cultural Centre
    132 Algoma Street South


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Silvana Rizzo

Posted at 11:07am
Buddy and Teresa were good friends of my parents and always made special memories during their many visits. Buddy always made my dad happy when he visited my dad in hospital. Sincerest condolences to the family.

Linda (Cairns) Kontunen

Posted at 09:10am
My parents, Yolanda (Borsani) and Joe Cairns were friends with Mr. and Mrs. Cava. We always saw Mr. Cava at mass and he always had a kind word to say. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Teri Sprovieri Groulx

Posted at 07:46am
Sincere condolences to Buddy's family. My parents shared many memories with Buddy and Teresa and thought so highly of them. I will always remember the numerous visits Buddy made to our family home when mom was bedridden; always with a special treat for her.

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