As a devoted father of 10 children, 35 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, Mr. Gagliano led a life dedicated to work and family. As our printer of record since the inception of Whatever Publishing in 2005, we entrusted our magazine to St. Joseph Printing for the invaluable relationships we had formed over the years, for their leadership in the industry, and for the dedicated customer service they have always provided. We thought it most fitting to honour him in this small way as a sign of our utmost respect, a piece of his story in our pages, the medium he chose as his passion; print. Mr. Gagliano’s story is one that exemplifies that anything is possible at any age, and under any life circumstances.
A brief look back From humble beginnings and much hard work, success didn’t come without sacrifice. Two years after emigrating from Italy, Mr. Gagliano started his printing business in the basement of the first small Gagliano home. He had no resources to speak of, and at the beginning also continued to work 12 hours a day for CP Rail. He bought a small letterpress and began printing wedding invitations, business cards and letterhead. He named his business “St. Joseph Printing” after Canada’s patron saint and the patron saint of workers to honour the company’s associates.
Mr. Gagliano grew the company from a one-person, part-time print operation into a mid-sized o set print organization. During the late 70s and early 80s, inspired by their father’s lifelong passion and dedication, his children began joining the business. St. Joseph expanded into a successful commercial printer with large advertising contracts. Over the next decade, Mr. Gagliano and his children expanded the company by acquiring a photo studio, the Queen’s Printer (including printing facilities in every province) and two magazine publishers.
In his 86th year, Mr. Gagliano realized his life’s work was not done. He experienced a compelling call to harness the power of modern media to spread good works with people from all walks of life and cultural communities. In this spirit, shortly after World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, Mr. Gagliano founded Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation and Salt + Light Television, Canada’s first Catholic television network. Salt + Light is now available to more than 2.5 million viewers across Canada.
A lifetime of achievement Recognizing his lifelong achievements and dedication to helping others, Mr. Gagliano was named a Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester in 1992 and a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998. He has received two honorary doctorates from Canadian universities and was given the title of Commendatore, one of Italy’s highest honorary rankings.
His life’s work, his passion and dedication to work and family have inspired many during his lifetime. This is one of my favourite quotes of Mr. Gagliano’s and I believe it will resonate for many. “Never forget that money is useful, but it also dangerous. You have worked and received your reward. Many others cannot work or have not succeeded as we have. Do not be arrogant and selfish. Never close the door to those who ask for help.”
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