"Rosy: The Biography of a Canadian Solider" tells the life story of Rosino "Rosy" Gagliardi. A veteran, a family man, and a hyphenated Canadian, his experiences have been many and varied.Rosy begins with his school days in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He provides interesting local history that sets the scene for his early years growing up as a Canadian of Italian heritage, experiencing and overcoming the prejudice associated with it.After school, Rosy became a very good bee keeper, applying new ideas from a Hungarian immigrant friend to improve the production of honey. But when WWI broke out, he joined the army and began a somewhat challenging military career as a Calgary Highlander, complete with detention and a stint going AWOL. He fought in the Battle of Normandy as part of his duty and eventually found himself wounded and in England, rehabilitating. After his recovery, he attended trade school in England and continued to live his life on the edge, finding himself in and out of detention. Finally, he met and fell in love with Doreen, a lovely young woman from Wales. They married, and in 1948 they moved to Canada, where Rosy found work and they raised their family.Rosy tells his life story with honesty and humor; his engaging storytelling will bring his experiences to life.
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