Author Archive

Happy Holidays (2018)

The holiday decorations are up on Canale Row.

Seven Year Anniversary (August 7, 2018)

Happy Birthday Grandma Tre (March 24, 2018)

Happy Birthday Brent (January 12, 2018)

Six Year Anniversary (August 7, 2017)

Six years later and still as shell shocked as the day it happened.

Happy Birthday Brent (January 12, 2017)

Holidays 2016

The holidays hit Canale Row. As always, please take moment to write a cherished memory of Brent on his guestbook.

 Memorial Guest Book

Five Year Anniversary (August 7, 2016)


It is hard to comprehend that it has been five years since Brent was called upon to serve a higher purpose and quest. Some say loss is easier with time; however, it still feels as if it just occurred yesterday.


Happy Birthday Brent (January 12, 2016)


Gone But NEVER Forgotten….

Happy Birthday Brent!

20160113_123155 20160112_093459 20160112_132535-1

Deck the Halls (November 27, 2015)

On Black Friday, mom and I avoided holiday shopping to bring the holidays to Canale Row. As Brent used to say, go big or go home. Therefore, we adopted everyone on Canale Row this holiday season. As always, please take moment to write a cherished memory of Brent on his guestbook.

 Memorial Guest Book

Four Year Anniversary (August 7, 2015)



It is hard to believe that it has already been four years since Brent was called upon to serve a higher purpose and quest.

On August 7th, Father Michael bestowed a blessing upon Brent, Grandma Tre and Grandpa Law.

We kindly request that all family and friends remember the anniversary of Brent’s passing by signing on his guestbook and sharing fond memories of him.  Reading these help get our family get through the year.

 Memorial Guest Book


Happy Birthday Brent (January 12, 2015)

Gone But NEVER Forgotten….

Happy Birthday Brent!

Tis The Holiday Season (November 24, 2014)


It goes without saying that Grandma, Grandpa and Brent
will truly be missed this holiday season.



Let us commence the season ‘of remembrance’ with a tour of the Italian Cemetery.

To the left, Grandpa Law’s parents: Joseph & Antonette

For future reference, Brent’s mom will be located here on Canale Row.







Grandpa Law’s siblings: Peter & Rosalie.






Grandpa Law’s sibling: Rose.






20141124_142347 20141124_142333

Grandpa Law’s sibling: Joey.


Grandma Tre’s grandparents: Carlomagno.

Carlomagno’s second wife (Grandma Tre’s step-grandmother)







Grandma Tre’s uncles: Salvatore & Alberto.
Note: The mafia killed both of them on the same day.







Grandma Tre’s aunt: Julia.


Grandma Tre’s parents


Grandma Tre’s sister: Evelyn.






Technically, no blood relation. However, the grave stone reads Teresa Canale. This was noticed at Grandma Tre’s funeral, so we’ve adopted her.






Technically, no blood relation. Uncle Mike “the tax man” and his parents.

The Big Butterfly (October 12, 2014)




As Brent said, you have to do things BIG in Texas.  

The Autumn Butterfly arrives…

Three Year Anniversary (August 7, 2014)


It is has been three years since Brent was called upon to serve a higher purpose and quest.  However, it still feels as if it just occurred yesterday.


20140808_090149Our family was deeply touched that Brent’s friends from Texas sent a beautiful bouquet of roses and Easter lilies.  

During Brent’s life, he touched the lives and hearts of countless individuals.  It means a lot us that his legacy continues to live on in the memories and hearts of family and friends.

Passing of Aunt Frances (June 7, 2014)

scan0001  94 years old.  Quite a story.  The ‘story’ ended on June 7, 2014.

  Frances Marie Bottino (Grandma Tre’s sister) passed away after a few months of suffering numerous small strokes.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep at home.

  Her life was full with family, and her death was without suffering.  That is all, which her loved ones could have hoped for her.

  She was a terrific wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, godmother and friend to so many of us friends and family.  Her daughters are abiding by her wishes that her funeral arrangements be kept private.  What they ask if that you think of a special moment that you shared with her – enjoy those personal memories – and send her your love and prayers.

Deep Thoughts

Many people are unaware that exactly one year to the date prior to his passing, Brent was shot during an attempted carjacking. It has plagued our family with many questions and theories since it sounds like something out of a Final Destination movie.



News Article 1         News Article 2

Passing of Aunt Rosalie (April 15, 2014)

On April 15, 2014, Canale Row obtained a new member.  Aunt Rosalie (Grandpa’s sister) was laid to rest with her brother Peter Canale in the adjoining plot to Brent.

  Rosalie Mary Canale Sperow (04/01/1930 – 04/15/2014) passed away peacefully in her sleep after battling lung cancer.  She is survived by her husband Euclid Sperow and step-daughters Sandra and Janice Sperow.

  Blessing were held at the Italian Cemetery Colma on 4/19/14 at 11 am.
Rosie – much beloved, much remembered.
Donations to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

Happy Birthday Grandma Tre (March 24, 2014)


On March 24, 2014, we celebrated Grandma Tre’s birthday by visiting her at the cemetery, bringing her favorite flowers and eating her favorite sweet (donuts).


Celebration of Life Memorial (December 27, 2013)


On December 14, 2013, Brent called upon his beloved grandmother to join him in heaven.  The family will forever cherish the special time we spent with her this past Thanksgiving.
















On December 27, 2013, livelong friends and family of Tre took time to participate in a celebration of life memorial mass and reception.  She will be forever remembered for her sharp wit, memorable stories and the countless prayers that she said for others in their time of need.

As specifically requested by Tre before her passing, Reverend Michael Brillantes presided over her mass and performed a burial blessing upon Tre, Law and Brent at the cemetery.

Passing of Grandma Tre (December 14, 2013)

 On 12/14/2013, Brent and his grandfather called upon his grandmother to join them in heaven.  All three of them will be greatly missed this holiday season.


Therese Canale
03/24/1918 – 12/14/2013

     Under the loving care of her family, friends and Pathways Hospice, Therese passed away in the early morning of December 14th at 95 years young. For the past 8 years she has been cared for by her devoted “Angel” daughter Susan in San Bruno, CA.

     Her parents were Italian immigrants. Therese was born, raised and resided in Nob Hill area of San Francisco for the majority of her life. During her youth, she attended Spring Valley grade school and Commerce High School. Therese remained close until her death with her brother Albert and sisters Francis  and Evelyn (predeceased).

     In 1941, she married the love of her life Lawrence Canale, and they raised three children, during their 60+ years of marriage. With her husband, she acted as bookkeeper of their rental apartments. She worked over 25 years for See’s Candies on Polk St., as a Store Manager. Her favorite candy was the dark chocolate with nuts. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels. During her life, which spanned almost a century, she lived through several historical events. Therese was known for being outspoken and with a sharp wit. She had a great memory up until her passing. She was immensely proud of the success of her family. She will be remembered for her big heart and the countless prayers she said for others in their time of crisis.

     Therese loved going to her country house in Boyes Hot Spring, Sonoma with her husband every weekend and summers with her children. Her parents met in Sonoma. When she was young she would go to Sonoma with her parents. They would take the ferry, a train and a horse and buggy to their vacation spot. Her mother Olivia was from the large Carlomagno family who had homes in Sonoma.

     Therese was predeceased by her beloved husband Lawrence (1911-2001), parents, sister Evelyn and grandson Brent Aguilar (1977-2011). She is survived by her son Larry Canale (Donna), daughter Judith Orr (Donald), daughter Susan Canale (Karl); grandchildren Jennifer Caramucci, Traci Ryan (Paul), Gina Wood, Reina Canale; great-grandchildren McKenna and Garrett Caramucci, Matthew and Lauren Ryan, Riley and Trey Wood, Suzette, Brent Jr., Elena and Antonio Aguilar. She had countless close friends.

     A celebration of life mass and reception will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:30am at the Saint Bruno’s Church (555 W. San Bruno Ave., San Bruno). All who knew and loved her are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Pathways Hospice (395 Oyster Point Blvd., So.S.F.), Project Helping Hands (730 Polk St #3, S.F.), or your favorite charity in her name.

Holiday Tree (December 2013)


Brent’s Holiday Tree is up on Canale Row.

This holiday season, we kindly ask friends and family members to write their cherished memories of Brent on his Legacy Guestbook so that his children can read and remember their father’s legacy for many years to come. 

Thank You & God Bless.

Two Year Anniversary (August 7, 2013)


It is hard to believe that two years have already gone by since Brent’s passing.

This tree was planted in the memory of Brent.



Second Year Blessing (July 27, 2013)

IMG_0201 Despite being extremely busy as the only priest at San Bruno Church, Father Michael was able to come out to the cemetery today to bless Brent in recognition of the upcoming second anniversary of his passing.

IMG_0205 IMG_0214