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John Saccardo

Our Treasured Heritage
A History of Coalhurst and District
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John Saccardo was born February 9, 1896 in Riese, Treviso, Italy. Before immigrating to Canada, he served in the Italian Army in World War 1. John immigrated to Coalhurst in September, 1920 following the settling of his brother, Joseph and sister, Teresa Plavan, to this area. Upon settling in Coalhurst he found work in the Coalhurst Coal Mine.

One of the most memorable days in the life of John Saccardo was December 9, 1935 - the day of the Coalhurst Mine Explosion. John was one of three men that were working that day that survived the explosion. After the explosion, he was hospitalized for quite some time with extensive bum damage.

Once out of the hospital, John moved to Lethbridge. He then worked for No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School for the R.C.A.E which was established during World War 11. He worked for them until 1944 and then went to work at Catelli Foods until his retirement in 1962.

John had numerous nieces and nephews that loved him dearly. He passed away September 9, 1980 at the age off eighty-four.

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