John Potestio

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John Potestio (born 1939 in Grimaldi, Italy) immigrated to Canada in 1953. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, (B.A.) and Lakehead University (M.A.) and was a teacher of history in Thunder Bay until his retirement in 1996. Presently, he is a sessional lecturer in Italian culture and language at Lakehead University.

He is the author of several books, including In Search of a Better Life: Emigration to Thunder Bay from a Small Town in Calabria (2000), The Memoirs of Giovanni Veltri (1987), and The History of Port Arthur, The Italian Mutual Benefit Society of Port Arthur (1985). He is also co-edited The Italian Immigrant Experience (1988) and Thunder Bay People (1987) with Antonio Pucci.


  • The Italians of Thunder Bay, John Potestio, pp. 254–256 Chair of Italian Studies, Lakehead University publisher, Altona, Manitoba, CANADA, 2005.