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Christianziano Fossacceca (Matz)

Dates: b. 1859 d. 12 March 1933

Cemetery location: Block H, Row 26, Plot 23


Christianziano Fossacceca came to Canada in the 1880s, working west with the railway construction. He worked at the roundhouse in Donald, then transferred to Revelstoke in the late 1890s.

Christianziano smoked a pipe and when he was not using matches to relight his pipe, he was chewing on them. The CPR time keeper refused to write out his name, which earned him the nickname “Jack Match.” Fossacceca adopted the name, but spelled it Matz. He married the sister of Louis Catlin, and they had one son and six daughters, some of whom were baptized as Fossacceca, and some as Matz.

Posted on September 19, 2016 and filed under Italian, catholic.

Dominic Gallicano

Dominic Gallicano (right) outside bakery, date unknown.

Dominic Gallicano (right) outside bakery, date unknown.

Dates: b. Italy, 1863 d. 12 January 1947

Cemetery Location: Block J, Row 26, Plot 35


Dominic Gallicano emigrated to Donald, British Columbia, from Italy in 1893 to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. A year later, Dominic returned to Italy to marry, and brought his wife, Henrietta Defeo, and 6-month old son, Tangres, to Donald in 1895.

Not long after their daughter Eda was born, the family moved to Revelstoke, settling about 100 yards from the railway tracks. The passenger trains in those days did not carry dining cars, so Dominic began baking bread (out of a large brick oven in his yard) to sell to passengers, along with milk and groceries.

By July 1899, Dominic had established a grocery store on Mackenzie Avenue (his two-storey building at 210 Mackenzie Avenue was the first on that block) and in December 1899, his bakery opened on the corner of Second Street and Victoria Road. 

Dominic continued to work for the railway for almost 20 years while running the two stores. In 1915, the bakery was moved into the newly-built concrete building next to the grocery store – the Sally Ann Bakery – and the family operated the business until 1988.

The Gallicanos had seven children: two boys and five girls. Dominic died on 12 January 1947, at the age of 84.

Gallicano bakery, 1915.

Gallicano bakery, 1915.

Dominic Gallicano (seated) with daughters Eda and Sylvia and son Tangree, c.1918.

Dominic Gallicano (seated) with daughters Eda and Sylvia and son Tangree, c.1918.

Frank Julian (Juliano)

Dates: b. Italy, 1952 d. Revelstoke, 21 September 1910

Cemetery location: Block H, Row 31, Plot 29


Frank Julian was born Francesco Juliano in Italy. The family came to Revelstoke in 1894, settling on a farm on the lower loop road just south of town. In 1904, they built and moved into a home at 411 Second Street East. Before coming to Revelstoke, Julian had lived in Chicago and San Francisco. It was believed that he had crossed the “Black Hand” at some point.

In July 1909, Julian’s son-in-law, Frank Orsetti, was the victim of a stabbing outside the Julian home. The assailants were caught and sent to prison.

The following year in September 1910, Frank was clearing his farmland near the Illecillewaet River when he met up with three Italian transients who agreed to help him for board and pay. He left the house on Second Street on 21 September 1910, telling his family he would be back that evening. The next day he had not returned, and his family contacted the police, who sent out a search party. Louis Cashato discovered Frank’s body, covered with brush near his clearing.

Julian had been attacked from behind with one of his own axes, receiving a deep gash in the head and another across the throat. His forehead had been marked with a black cross, which could not be removed. This was believed to be the mark of the Black Hand. A piece of his skin was sent to Ottawa for identification, and it was determined only that it was a corrosive substance.

The murder was never solved. The three men who planned to work for him were found and cleared.

Marino Family


Frank Marino: b. Italy, 7 June 1860 d. 5 March 1937

Anna (Annie) Marino: b. 23 April 1878 d. 28 October 1927

Joseph Marino: b. 1893 d. 1 Jan 1944

Cemetery Location:

Frank Marino: Block J, Row 28, Plot 17

Anna (Annie) Marino: Block J, Row 28, Plot 16

Joseph Marino: Block B, Row 14, Plot 19


Frank Marino and his brother, Piedro, were among the first Italians to settle in Revelstoke, immigrating to the west coast of British Columbia in the early 1880s to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. After the death of his first wife, Frank brought his young son, Joseph, to Revelstoke, where they lived with Piedro and his wife, Vischensa.

Frank married his second wife Anna (Annie) Theresa Sanseverino in St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church on 18 October 1903, and they had ten children: two boys, five girls and three babies who died in infancy.

In 1905, the couple purchased 169 acres of land northeast of the old city hydro dam (on the site of the current K.O.A campground) and built a large family home.

The family was largely self-sufficient, with cows, goats and chickens. However, during the winter months when they were snowed in, the children were unable to attend school. When Vischensa died in 1924, and Piedro in 1925, leaving their home to Frank, the family could move closer to town in the winter. After the death of Frank in 1937 (at the age of 76) the farm was left vacant.

Joseph Marino was a veteran of two world wars, serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery in World War II. He was discharged from the service on account of his age in 1939. On 1 January 1944, at the age of 53, he and three others drowned in a tragic accident – their car plunging over the end of a ferry in Victoria, B.C.