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Italian Community in Windsor and Essex County
Walter Temelini was born July 8, 1939, in a small village called Tavernelle, in the province of Pesaro, Italy. His grandfather was a farmer, a sharecropper. Temelini’s father, Antonio, was a carpenter and his mother was a housewife. Antonio and Anna had four children, three boys and a girl, named Oscar, Walter (Valter), Fedora and Marcello.
The after war times were very hard for the Temelini family. The zone by the Metauro River was considered “zona depresa” (depressed zone), which made Antonio realize that he had to leave Italy. He immigrated to Canada in 1950, leaving the carpentry shop and his family in Tavernelle. Antonio arrived in Gatchell, a subdivision of Sudbury, Ontario, where he joined his cousin who had immigrated earlier. Walter, along with his mother, Anna, the brother, Marcello, and sister, Fedora, immigrated to Canada on October 24 or 25, 1952. They travelled from Fano to Genova (Genoa) by bus and then got on an old boat named “Homeland”. Once arrived at Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, they travelled to Montreal and later to Gatchell, Sudbury, Ontario.

Later Walter Temelini studied at the University of Toronto, Ontario. He taught at the University of Guelph for three years. During that time he met his late wife Luise Capriotti (Temelini) in Hamilton. In July 1970, the University of Windsor was offering a position to start the Italian Studies. Walter accepted that offer, moved to Windsor and taught at this university for 35 years.
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