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Gianni "John"

June 21, 1969 – November 29, 2018

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Obituary for Gianni "John" Contrada

Gianni ‘John’ Contrada
June 21, 1969 – Calgary, Alberta
November 29, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gianni ‘John’ Contrada, a loving husband, devoted father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and a cherished friend. John passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Calgary, AB at the age of 49 years.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife Melissa Mabee, his daughter Ava, his parents Michelangelo (Mike) and Antonia (Tina) Contrada; his brother Angelo Contrada, his sister Linda Talarico, his nephews Michael and Mario, the mother of his daughter Tracey Contrada-Phillips; and numerous other family members and friends.

A life-long Calgarian, John grew up in Renfrew, the youngest child of Mike and Tina Contrada. He attended St. Francis High School and Mount Royal University. John began his career working for the Forzani Group for over 12 years and for the past 10 years worked with Harmony Logistics where he started as a Senior Operations Manager and worked as the General Manager for the past 5 years.

John was a vibrant, passionate, and spirited person and his presence and laughter would fill a room with joy. He was an avid sports enthusiast, who would boisterously celebrate the victories of his beloved Dallas Cowboys, Calgary Flames, and Philadelphia Flyers.

John and Melissa loved to travel, and created many wonderful memories together, with Ava, and with friends. One special destination was Cuba where they celebrated their marriage with many loved ones present. One of the most recent trips was with The Make-A-Wish Foundation where with Ava, Tracey and Clint, they were able to travel and create wonderful family memories in Disneyworld and Universal Studios.

A Celebration of John’s Life will take place at Rockpointe Church (255024 Lochend Road, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 11:00 am.

Family and friends are encouraged to wear Dallas Cowboy, Philadelphia Flyer or Calgary Flames jerseys to the Celebration.

If family and friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Mental Health Association (

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of John please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.

Service Information

Thursday, December 6th, 2018 11:00am
Rockpoint Church - Bearspaw
255024 Lochend Rd.
Calgary, Alberta T3L 2R2
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