gino vannelli mom

I’ve wrestled with the desire to share this bit of sad news with you. I’m not inclined to either bore or darken anyone’s day, but because my brothers and I could not have been with Mom in her last moments, she, being in a care facility in Montreal, closed to all visitors because of Covid, I find no other way to celebrate her life and love for her three sons other than to post a picture and a few words.

Just about to turn 93, the Corona virus took her swiftly. One day she was eating, the next day: a fever, short of breath, closed her eyes, then gone.

We are very grateful she did not suffer long from painful drawn-out symptoms associated with this virus. The regret remains in not saying goodbye face to face, and the utter frustration of not being able to be there for any funeral ceremony. (The anguish also bleeds into the utter lack of humanity and deception some are guilty of for not warning the world. But for now I will leave that to another day.)

Mom, we love you, and thank you for putting up with us hellions running roughshod all over your hand-washed and waxed floors. For putting up with my daily drumming for years. The long and loud band practices going back all the way to 1965. Always welcoming any hungry musician or friend for meal with the family. The best meatball sandwiches on the planet, all those Sundays on the beaches of Lake Placid. Beautiful times.

Our deepest gratitude and fullest love on this Mother’s Day.

Love you, your son
Gino

73 Comments
  1. This lifelong fan is so sorry to read this. My mom is 92. No matter how old, one always loves and needs their mom. My prayer for you is for peace and a lifetime of wonderful memories of your mother. May her memory be for a blessing.

    • To All the Vannelli Family, So sorry for your loss. God has another angel beside him.

    • Dear Gino,
      I lost my mom as well because of covid. So sad for everyone specially now, during these sad times.
      Wish you all the best!
      Hope seeing you back in Holland!
      Marja

  2. So sorry for your loss
    i remember a very smiling kind and gentle lady !
    May she Rest In Peace next to your dad and loved ones

  3. My purest thoughts and respect to you and your brothers at this moment.
    Thanks for sharing us this sad notice.
    As always with you and your music.

  4. And the world is a lessor place.

  5. Dearest Gino,
    Im not sure you remember me. It’s Sonia Benezra from Montreal. I had the pleasure of interviewing you several times over the years. I’m truly saddened to read your heartfelt testimonial to your beloved mother. I know how important family has always been to you .. my heart breaks for your whole family knowing she left without you all by her side. We are truly living in cruel times. May the memories you shared be a source of solace during this difficult times. Please extend my deepest condolences to your entire family. May u all be spared further pain and grief.
    Thinking of you
    All my love
    Sonia

    • Dearest Gino,
      Im not sure you remember me. It’s Sonia Benezra from Montreal. I had the pleasure of interviewing you several times over the years. I’m truly saddened to read your heartfelt testimonial to your beloved mother. I know how important family has always been to you .. my heart breaks for your whole family knowing she left without you all by her side. We are truly living in cruel times. May the memories you shared be a source of solace during this difficult times. Please extend my deepest condolences to your entire family. May u all be spared further pain and grief.
      Thinking of you
      All my love
      Sonia

    • Dearest Gino,
      mu big hug for you and all your family.
      From Italy
      Maria Teresa

  6. My dearest Gino V. I to bare the pain & the list of my mother. It almost feels like a living nightmare when we lose our loved ones, especially during these moments in time. As a long time fan of yours & your music allow me to share my condolences & may the heavens above greet your mom with open arms. Peace Be Still God bless you & your family my prayers are with you.

  7. So very sorry for your family’s loss Gino. Our sympathies to you and your siblings.

  8. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  9. Dear Mr. Gino I’ve seen so many things in my life of 57yrs. As a Veteran of the US Army, A 911 terror attach survivor & currently an Nypd officer of 25yrs. With all the training I’ve ever had, nothing has prepared me for what I’ve seen during these horrible times. Please Allow me to share my condolences & prayers in relation to the loss of your beloved mother. I too know of such pain since I’ve lost my parents some time ago. Thank you for who you are, what you stand for & what you sing in your amazing beautiful songs. I’m here for you if you ever need an ear & a fan since your very first album. God bless you Sir.

    • Indeed, Gino I just lost my mother June 11-2020 in this nightmare of a world we live in. So many people dying and so unnatural right. It hasn’t even settled in yet. I believe in you and what you stand for. Thank you for the three red roses while sitting in front at your concerts, so happy to see you out there again. Debra

  10. Gino and family please except my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. May your mom rest in peace and your family have the strength to get through this difficult time.

  11. My deepest condolences to you at this sad time. I really hate Corona.
    Your mom was a wonderful woman. Thank you for bringing great Vannelli Brothers into this world.

  12. My Sincere Condolences to your and your family Gino. Our Mom’s are our Rock all through life and it’s so hard when they pass on. May she Rest In Peace. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. God Bless and Stay Strong and Safe!

  13. Dear Gino, Ross and Joe. My thoughts are with you at this sad time you are experiencing. Your mother was so proud of all of you, you could see it in the pictures with you. The video for the Last Dance of Gino dancing with your Mom at her residence was so touching. She was so happy. The most important thing for a mother is that she was loved and appreciated by her children. I am sure she felt your love for her. She will always be watching over you. I am sure you will be able to do something meaningful in remebrence of her. Love never dies. Love to all of you and your familys, Hollis Ehman

  14. To Gino & Family,

    Our prayers are with you at this time.
    Words really mean nothing at a time such as this, however words are all we can give you at this time.
    As we are not there to give comfort in person .

    We met at the gala for Mederi in November 2019

    Please take solace in knowing that your mother knew how much she is and was loved .

    Blessings & Love
    Melody & Donna

  15. So sorry for your loss Gino and to your family! I understand your loss. I lost my Mom-this past July 8, 2019, my mom had a massive stroke. She was alone in her apartment still in her bed. That is where we found her. She was 88. She was the heart of our family. I was an only child of the most wonderful Mom. A Mom ho suffered through a terrible marriage to a terrible abusive man. But was able to get away after many years to have a great second half of her life. She never had much money but she was rich with love and affection from her living daughter, two grand daughters, four great grand children, and two GGG one who was named after her. Her legacy will live on forever! So my heart goes out to you. God bless you. Your heart and mine will mend but it will take a very long time. I understand your loss. God bless you and your family!

  16. My deepest condolences for your loss Mr. Vanelli She will bring your beautiful music along with her in heaven and will spread her new wings to protect you and your brothers. i hope she will inspire you with heavenly sounds for new music and songs
    G Genois / Mtl

  17. So sad for you and your family, Gino. God belss you all. All my love to you from Italy. Antonella

  18. My sincere condolences to my brother that I’ve never met in person but who’s lyrics and music has been apart of my life experience. I never knew the source of your soul but thank you for sharing this moment of your life with all of us.

    Please know the unquestionable love your mom gave to you and others around you, lives on through you.

    My brother, my lifelong friend, and Fire within my heart…peace!

  19. Gino, I have been a fan of your music for almost 50 years. Saw you in Chicago a few months back. I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. In the words of another artist I deeply respect (Vince Gill) to mom: “Go Rest High Up On That Mountain.”

  20. Dear Gino, Ross and Joe, may your Mother live now in the arms of he who loves her most and by evidence of you and your brothers we know how much she is loved by God.
    May the memory of her smile and mother’s gentle grace remain with you all and never wane.

    With deepest condolences,
    Brian

  21. Gino, I am a french woman, of your age now, followed all your success, deep inside myself, all of you greatest successes I am stil singing them on these days, very sad to read that your great Mom died not long time ago, but remains so deeply in your soul and spirit! Gino, I am a French woman of NDG but still listen to your beautiful songs and hope to hear you in a concert in 2020-2021 in Montreal, May God bless you and your Family Gino!

  22. And please, send a note for me to know when you will be on stage in Montreal, Thanks so much

  23. Dear Gino,

    I am so sorry for the sadness you feel during this most difficult time. I just watched your beautiful mom dancing with you in your video (THE LAST DANCE), and she looked so happy twirling with you as she laughed in your arms. I could tell how much love you two shared in this touching video. I could also tell how sweet your mom was by the way she interacted with you as you danced together. Losing a loved one is so difficult, and I am so sorry you were unable to be with her in her last moments. Please know that you are not alone in your grief. I will offer a mass in your mom’s name. I hope the sweet memories you have tucked in your heart of your mom and our faith will help to ease your pain. Take care, and know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  24. Prayerful remembrance, Gratitude,and Hope for the resurrection and reunion.

  25. Dear Gino, Ross & Joe,
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    A Mother’s love is priceless!!
    You were blessed to have a wonderful mother and she blessed to have 3 wonderful sons.

    May she Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.
    Know we will be your strength at this painful time.

    We met at the Warehouse 11-22-19. Mederi Benefit.
    You were very gracious. My sister and I had a wonderful time.

    Know you have a Guardian Angel watching over you now.
    She will love you forever.

    With much Love
    Donna Rossi & Melody McEnaney ❤️

  26. Dear Mr. Vannelli,

    I do not have the words to adequately express my deepest condolences to you and all of your family during this horrible time of grief. The only thing I know for sure, is that no person can “know how you feel” after a loss of a parent. That pain, that emotion is uniquely reserved for us individually, built upon the precious memories we have forged and build over a lifetime of love, loss, laughter and anguish. Your music changed my life back in 1977 when I was but a precocious teen entering Lawrence University. Your legacy of music continues as I introduce your works to young musicians to this day, and you continue to change people’s lives. Your musical footprint will continue, due to the affection and unconditional love bestowed upon you by a saint of a mother. May you and your family find comfort with each other, celebrating a lifetime of memories. No one is forgotten, as long as we continue to remember.
    May God bless you and your family.

    With deepest love and condolences,
    Tom & Alma Tomczuk

  27. I’m not certain what drew me to delving back into your music catalog on Mother’s Day, but there I was, 45 years after my first discovery and love of your complex work. Still today, I am listening, reading, only to find this sad news, your deep loss. My words cannot begin to reach your sorrow, but your musical gift and depth of knowledge of humanity, as well as your personal experience, undoubtedly will at some point. I look forward to hearing it in song. Peace be with you and your family.

  28. Gino, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our expressions with you to help you heal. We love you for sharing the news of your Mother’s passing. Without her you would not be here and we would not be blessed with your gifts. I’ve chosen some of your lyrics from your song Dea Speranza in your Mother’s honor. She is DEFINITELY your forever angel.

    Tell me that life is beautiful (Dimmi che la vista e bella),
    And that you’re still here (Eche sei ancora qui), Mother, please there is a need (Madre, ti prego c’e’bisogno)
    Of your song (Del tuo canto), Come back among us (Dai ritorna fra noi),
    And come back with me…(E ritorna con me…). In closing, may I humbly say, your Mother will be with you wherever you go forever.

  29. Gino and family,

    So very sorry for your loss. My mom is 94, and I am grateful for every moment with her.

    We are listening to you right now, as we were unable to see/hear you this past March due to this virus.

    May a God Bless,
    Christine and mom, Carol Mattana

  30. I knew your mom in passing at the nursing home where she was such a beautiful lady she was so proud of you boys.Such a kind and gentle woman so sorry to hear about her passing.

  31. Hey Gino,
    I am really sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. My condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. I know it’s hard. My mom and I were huge fans of yours. I still am. My mom passed away 12 years ago in Montreal, where she was raised and lived. I am from Montreal but have been living in Kingston, Ontario, for the last almost 30 years. My mom met your mom and dad many years when you were just starting out and were playing at the Spectrum in Montreal. She gave them both a hug and kiss and let them know just how much she loved your music. I think you were performing songs from your Crazy Life album at the time. I know that you and your family will get through this. Stay healthy and stay safe! Take Care Gino! Sylvain.

  32. Gino, I am so very sorry. I have no words to take away your sadness as only having your precious mum back would do that. I lost my mum 18 years ago and I don’t think you ever ‘get over’ it, you learn to live with the loss. I lost my wonderful aunt in November, she was in a care home and I am so grateful that it was before corona virus and when she was taken into hospital I was able to spend every night by her side playing her fevourite songs (Matt Monroe). This disease is so cruel. I long to be able to hug my lovely dad who will be 93 on the 24th, but I live 200 miles away, don’t drive and won’t risk public transport. He has carers coming in every day and all I can do is pray he doesn’t catch it. I’m sending you my love, healing thoughts and a cyber hug. Your mum is always with you and watching over you, maybe up there having a cup of tea with my mum!

  33. Gino, so sorry for your loss. It’s so obvious the love you have for your mom. With the Covid-19 it’s so hard to say goodbye and have closure. My 47 year old nephew just passed away from cancer and we have a celebration of life originally planned for June 6th but had to have it rescheduled for August. Again may God’s arms wrap around your dear mom. Rest In Peace.

  34. Dear Gino&Family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. You wrote a beautiful and touching tribute to your mother and I know your mother is smiling down at you from Heaven. I want to let you know just how much your music has meant to me over the years-your songs got me through some trying times in my life. I met you
    after your performance at Club Soda in February 2006 in Montreal; thank you so very much for kindly and graciously posing for photographs with me and shaking my hand and signing the CD, I greatly appreciated it!! I have read your story of when you were struggling to break into the American music scene you approached Herb Alpert for an audition. I just want to say to you THANK YOU for never giving up on your dream. You have touched many people’s hearts and have given joy to people through your beautiful voice and songs. God bless you and your family.
    Lydia in Vermont

  35. Rest well Mrs. Vannelli.

  36. Cher Gino,
    Mes plus sincères condoléances pour le décès de votre mère. J’ai eu la chance de la voir à quelques reprises l’an dernier à la résidence à Montréal. Je lui chantais quelques chansons (Maman tu es la plus belle du monde) et nous regardions par la fenêtre vue sur le jardin. C’était à la période ou vous êtes venus à Montréal 26 avril 2019. Je lui avais apporté des fleurs, carte. Elle me disait: “I have 3 wonderful sons who I deeply love BUT I never had a daughter”. I told her Well, you could always adopt me but you better talk to your sons first. It was just a joke Gino. Anyways, I wrote you that story last year. She was a wonderful lady and I had the priviledge to meet her. Rest in peace dear Delia.
    France D. Montreal

  37. Je vis présentement le même genre de situation que votre famille a récemment vécu. Mes parents sont confinés de part et d’autre de la rue Honoré-Beaugrand. Notre ville natale. Mes condoléances à votre famille Montréalaise. En passant le vidéoclip Noir & Blanc de “Wild Horses” que j’écoute extrêmement souvent m’aide à passer au travers. Merci pour ce chef d’oeuvre.

  38. God bless you.

  39. I’m so sorry for your loss Gino. I work part-time at a care facility and it breaks my heart to see families visiting their loved ones through outside windows due to the virus. But then we have residents who never get visitors so I’m glad your mom was blessed to have such loving, caring sons who were there in spirit if they couldn’t be physically. Thank you for sharing this news with such a lovely tribute. May your mom rest in peace and may God sustain you and your family with all the wonderful memories.

    • Thank you for giving me some peace as well

  40. I’m so sorry about your mom. May god receive her and comfort your heart and your family.

  41. Dear Gino and family
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my mom to covid April 11 and my mom was also in an assisted living home and I couldn’t visit her either I feel your pain and know how hard it is. I will include you in my prayers and we need to remember that our mom’s know we loved them dearly. Sincerely and with heart felt pain Love a fan of yours since 1977. love judy

  42. My condolences on the loss of your mom. No one loves you like you mom, and the circumstances of not being able to be with her are indescribable. Rest well, mom.

  43. I’m very sad about your dearly departed mom, but I’m also very glad that she has such a beautiful, loving family! Gino, you certainly have my prayers and best wishes!

  44. I’m very sad about your dearly departed mom, but I’m also very glad that she has such a wonderful, loving family! May God bless you all!

  45. Mr Vannelli,

    I’ve been a fan of yours since I was a teenager with “Living Inside Myself” and then I discovered your earlier works from the A&M era, and was blown away by your music and your commitment to your art.I met you twice when you played the Supper Club in 1999, then at BB Kings here in NY.

    Please accept my sympathy on the passing of your mother.(I lost my mother when I was a pre-teen,so I know what you’re going through.)From what I understand, and what I’ve read in interviews with you, you have a strong faith in God( I felt this faith you have when you wrote and produced songs for David Meece in the 80s)Please let that faith carry you and your brothers and the rest of your family thru this difficult time.

    May God keep you and your loved ones shrouded in His Peace and Presence, and know that your mother is in His Arms at this moment.

    God Bless,
    from your fan “jazzdre”

  46. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your mom! Having lost my beloved mom a few years ago, I know that it is one of the deepest pains of loss that you can go through. My prayers are with you and your family!

  47. Dear Gino,
    I wanted to wish you a very Healthy, Happy Birthday. Hope you have a wonderful birthday and know your mother will be smiling down upon you!! I hope your wearing your bracelet that has your moon phase for June 15th.
    God Bless and enjoy your very special day!!
    With much Gratitude
    Donna Rossi

  48. My condolences on the loss of your lovely mother. May her memory forever be a blessing for your entire family!

  49. Dear Gino,
    My apologies for making an error on your actual birthday. I knew it was the 16th of June but lately my days are hard to keep track of with everything going on in this world.
    Forgive me please. Hope you have a blessed and wonderful Birthday. Most importantly good health.
    Your bracelet does have the correct moon phase for your birthday. Stay safe and Happy Birthday.
    With much Gratitude and love
    Donna Rossi ❤️

  50. So sorry to hear about your mom. I have mourned for anyone who has had to lose a loved one during this time of no funerals or visitation. Donna

  51. Dear Gino & Family-

    My heart breaks for you in reading this news. I am so sorry to hear how this played out for you all and the only saving grace to it is that there was no long term suffering. You most all certainly know she is still with you and I hope you hold that with your hearts closely.

    My condolences,
    Kenny Peters

  52. Gino,
    We are all here to support eachother. I’m so so sorry to hear this. It’s such a difficult time & some of us have lost loved ones. Please know that all of your fans feel a special connection to you, because as such a unique artist, you’ve always opened your heart & soul. So in addition to your God given beautiful voice, you’ve also revailed a precious soul. May you always find peaceful moments & loving memories of your dear mom

  53. Dear Mr. Vannelli,

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I feel your pain, having lost my Mommy in May 2013, and to this day I still wish that I had gone to the nursing home instead of dutifully going to choir rehearsal the night she died. We’d had such a wonderful time the day before and she was looking great, so I skipped an evening visit assuming I’d see her the following morning… (seven years later I still ponder ‘what if I had’/’what if I hadn’t’… but anyway.) I pray that you and your brothers, like me and my siblings, can somehow press into the reality of all of us having been exactly where we were supposed to be– even in the face of deep loss, sudden loss, and even though the “what if”s might linger.

    Nothing and no one can truly replace the empty space, but my prayer is that the joyful memories of your mom will always balance out the pain of her absence. She walks with the Lord and dances in His Light. And, in some mysterious way, in our sorrows and grief, we walk and dance with Him as well. Your sharing has opened up that reality to me.

    I grieve with you. Blessings and Peace,

    Genise Aria Reid
    Bronx, NY, USA

  54. Mr. Vannelli,

    A privilege to contact you. Condolences to you and your family. I discovered your music when “I Just Wanna Stop” & “Living Inside Myself” were big hits on MusicRadio77WABC/New York. I’ve played your music for many years on radio stations in Connecticut. Best Regards.

  55. Just found out about your Mom’s passing, dearest Gino, and I am so sorry for your loss.
    A sad moment such as this is always an easier load to carry when it’s shared with family and, after so many years, through your music, we have become that for you and your brothers.
    May this time of grief just deepens your love of your Mom, and her memory lights the way until you meet again.
    My condolences to you and your loved ones,
    S.

  56. Cher Gino,
    Je suis vraiment désolé pour la perte de votre mère. Mes sincères condoléances à vous, votre famille ainsi qu’à vos frères & familles.
    Jacques Fraser
    Val-Morin, Qc.

  57. Dear Gino:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.

    May God watch you and your family.

    Concetta DeRosa Snow

  58. Dear Gino,

    I watched the video of “Last Dance” tonight and as heartbreaking as it is…, it also brings much joy in seeing the love you had for one another. I hope memories such as these bring you comfort.

  59. So sorry for your loss. My Mom also put up with a lot of drumming, and loud bands in the garage and basement for years and left my two sisters and I 3 years ago. Hope we can get past this awful virus and back to performing. Perhaps will see you in the states. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    PS. Love the work your brother did producing TOP latest LP’s.

  60. Dear Gino,
    my deepest condolences.Losing a mother is always a blow to the heart.In these moments all life flows in front of you and when you enter the house you look at that place where she sat, it seems absurd that place is empty. It doesn’t seem real. You would like to embrace her, kiss her but she is not there. When my mother died many years ago I felt this way.So,even now. A big hug Gino and thank you for your music and your singing.
    David (from Italy)

  61. I just posted a message but I lied about my favorite song. I said Appaloosa was my favorite but honestly that whole album runs thru my veins. Damn, I love it. I’ve always had it with me. I remember all the words to every song! Great songs!!!!❤️To you and your family
    Kat

  62. Dear Gino
    Very sorry for your loss.

  63. Sorry this is so late, but i’m just hearing about your mom passing away.I know what you and your brothers are going through,my two brothers and i lost our mom about 8 1/2 years ago.I got to meet you a few years ago when you came to New Orleans, but i’ve been a big fan of you and your music since the ’70’s. I hope you come back to your second home real soon and do more of your old music then you have the last few times you’ve been here, not that your newer music isn’t good because it is,it’s just hearing your older music brings back good memories.I’m a fan forever

  64. May God Bless you and give you and your family peace. I am just finding out about this, so I apologize for the late condolences. MY husband David and I are very dedicated fans of yours. I went to see you in Canada (followed you to 3 venues in 3 different cities 2004). You were so graceful and unbelievably friendly. God Bless you and your family. Sally and David from Texas

  65. Dear Gino & Family:

    Just read about the recent passing of your wonderful mom. Thank you for sharing a few words about her but mostly, the picture with you!!! I have been a fan since the late ’70’s. To all the members of the Vanelli family, please accept my family’s condolences. Look forward to your next concert in Fort Lauderdale!!!

  66. Gino, I’ve been a devoted fan since 1979 when a good friend gave me your “Brother To Brother” album on cassette tape. Your charisma and that voice are as addictive as chocolate. The music is mesmerizing, full of emotion and above all, it is sensual and utterly seductive. You have the power to give us chills while you reach inside us and touch our very souls! My mother is gone too and while she was alive, she liked to listen to your music. Mom loved your voice! Your mother is still alive in your heart and your memories. Love is the only force in the entire Cosmos that has the power to transcend time and space. Your mother took all that love with her, rest assured. I wish you peace, strength and especially faith in the Creator. Che Dio te benedica, amici. –Rosie Kelly

  67. I forgot to include this: Always remember that your mother gave the world the greatest gift she had to give: YOU. And for that, WE are grateful!WE are blessed because of your mother’s selfless love! — Rosie Kelly

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