Real Housewives of New Jersey fans learned the sad news that Giacinto Gorga, the father of Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, passed away on April 3. It was clear that Giacinto, known as “Nonno,” had struggled with health issues recently. Both Melissa Gorga, and Teresa had asked fans to pray for the beloved patriarch of the Gorga family.
Nonno was a part of RHONJ from the very beginning. Nonno loved being in the kitchen. He could boil an octopus like nobody’s business, and I loved seeing him cook with his granddaughters. Ever since the death of Nonno’s wife, Antonia, Nonno had been living with Teresa and her four daughters. He was a huge part of their lives, and a support during Joe Giudice’s incarceration and deportation woes.
Now some of Nonno’s grandchildren are speaking out about their loss. (Please excuse the grammar in some of the posts.) Milania Giudice posted a loving message on Instagram. “rest easy my angel I love you endlessly thank you for all the laughs and count less memories. you will forever be missed,” Milania said. “you brighten every room you walked into. thank you for being my best friend. I love you nonno.” Milania included a heart emoji and a picture of the two of them together.
Teresa’s eldest daughter, Gia Giudice, wrote on her Instagram, “he really did light up every room he walked into with that smile of his. today I lost my best friend but gained a beautiful guardian angel that will look over me forever.. thank you for being my rock and best friend throughout my entire life,” she said. That is so sweet.
“I will think about you everyday, and you will forever be in my heart.. fly high my angel and give nonna a big hug for me as you celebrate life with her. take a shot of Johnnie Walker Blue for me I love you forever Nonno.”
RHONJ star Joe Gorga’s daughter, Antonia Gorga, expressed her feelings on Instagram also. She wrote, “Rest In Peace nonno. Love you so much. you are the strongest person I know. Cutest and happiest soul. you were the best. Gonna miss you so much.” Along with a photo, Antonia included heart and praying hands emojis.
Gabriella Giudice is the most private of Teresa and Joe Giudice’s daughters, and she doesn’t have a public social media account. Audriana Giudice, Joey Gorga, and Gino Gorga do have public Instagram accounts, but as of this writing, nothing had been posted yet. That isn’t surprising given their young ages and the sad situation they are currently in.
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In Teresa’s Instagram post announcing her father’s death, she summed up Nonno’s life philosophy. “You always wanted everyone to have a good time, eat great food, have a stiff drink and enjoy life.” Nonno will truly be missed, and we send our sympathy to the Gorga/Giudice families.
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