Founders of the Association

One Sunday morning, on Dante street, (the meeting place of Gildone Association since then) Giuseppe Di Lillo said in a Gildonese dialect "uagliù matiman sem paricchie e ne ge vedem cchiù comma a prim, avessima fà na associozione a cusci putem fà cac festa azzembre e ze canuscessen meglie pure i quadran ca ze ponne sposà tra paesan". Thus was born the idea of founding the Association, the main purpose was to bring together Gildone, spend some nice moments together, strengthen and transmit the culture, the traditions of the village from which we come to our memory remained attached. The idea of Giuseppe Di Lillo shared du everyone, but especially by Antonio Di Lillo, John D'Elia, and Francesco Grassi, who lost no time and after several meetings, the month of April 1965, Giuseppe Di Lillo, Antonio Di Lillo, Giovavanni D'Elia, Gaetano Di Lillo and Francesco Grassi officially founded the Gildonese Association of Montreal and formed the first committee, chaired by Giuseppe Di Lillo.




In 1965, the Rizzo hall on Sauve and Papineau was the first party all together, which went well for the membership of the life members.

Pictured on the left: The first members of the Association to the first party from left all'impieti: Domenico Perrotti, Nicola Nardolillo, Jeremiah Nardolillo, Joseph Luciano, Giuseppe Di Lillo, Peter D'Elia, Michele Farinacci, Andrea Ricciardi, Pasquale Speranza, Perrotti Antonio, Francesco Grassi, Angelo Del Balso with grandson Nicholas, Nicholas Lillo, seated from left: Michael Grassi, Giuseppe Di Tirro, John D'Elia, Giuseppe Di Lillo, Giovanni Di Lillo, Antonio Petrella, Mario Palumbo, Michael Del Balso Antonio Di Lillo.


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