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Teresa Giudice tells her father ‘fly high to mommy’ as she and her girls set doves free

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Giacinto Gorga passed away on Friday at the age of 76 after a long illness. And Teresa Giudice said a sad but uplifting farewell to her father on Tuesday, as she and her family released captive doves in his honor following a small private funeral service.Sharing video footage of the dove release, set to the Italian…

Giacinto Gorga passed away on Friday at the age of 76 after a long illness. 

And Teresa Giudice said a sad but uplifting farewell to her father on Tuesday, as she and her family released captive doves in his honor following a small private funeral service.

Sharing video footage of the dove release, set to the Italian classic Nessun Dorma, the 47-year-old captioned: ‘today we set you free, fly high to mommy.’

Honored: Teresa Giudice tells her late father Giacinto Gorga ‘fly high to mommy’ as she and her girls set doves free in his memory on Tuesday, along with other young family members

Family first: The images showed Teresa’s four daughters and other young family members all dressed in black, as they stood in the New Jersey sunshine beside two ornate boxes

The images showed Teresa’s four daughters and her brother Joe Gorga’s three children all dressed in black, as they stood in the New Jersey sunshine beside two ornate boxes. Working together, the girls opened the boxes, letting the doves fly free.

Joe’s wife Melissa Gorga posted a photo of the family mausoleum covered in flowers to her Instagram Stories.

Real Housewives Of New Jersey star Teresa announced her father’s passing on Friday with an Instagram post.   

‘My father, my protector, my hero, God took you early this morning to be with mommy, I saw you peacefully pass & I know you kept fighting for my daughters and I,’ Teresa wrote at the time. 

In his name: Teresa has shared her heartache at the loss of her beloved father

Social distancing: The family were not able to throw a large funeral due to cornavirus restraints

Freedom: The caged doves flew off into the sky

‘I have so many amazing thoughts of you, every day seeing you in the kitchen at my home, teaching my girls to cook, my partner in crime on shopping trips, your love of the shore & my travel buddy,’ said the New Jersey native.

‘You always wanted everyone to have a good time, eat great food, have a stiff drink and enjoy life.’

The mother-of-four added, ‘You are the absolute strongest man I know & I know you missed mommy so much but you stayed for us. Thank you for being the best husband, father & Nonno.’

Final resting place: Joe’s wife Melissa Gorga posted a photo of the family mausoleum covered in flowers to her Instagram Stories

Rest in peace: Teresa Guidice took to Instagram on Sunday to share old photos with her father Giacinto Gorga after his Friday passing

Giudice then said: ‘Your devotion to mommy was one for the record books, you were the true example and a gentleman and devoted husband. You visited mommy every single day & would go twice for the days you missed while traveling or if you were to sick to go, my silver lining is knowing you’ll be together now. 

‘Thank you for showing us all what true love is. Love you Papa Rest In Peace.’

Giacinto’s wife Antonia Gorga died in March 2017 aged 66 following a battle with pneumonia.

Teresa’s estranged ex Joe – who lives in Italy – also took to Instagram to pay his respects to the family patriach.

Throwback: The Real Housewives of New Jersey star shared photos from her 17th birthday and that which she called ‘one of my favorite memories’ 

Surprise: She explained: ‘I was upset because I thought I wasn’t getting a car so I refused to get dressed that day and then my parents surprised me with a new car’ 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has also shared a gallery of photos from her 17th birthday and that which she called ‘one of my favorite memories.’

A teenage Teresa stood with her father as she cut her birthday cake, wearing a pink and blue tye die shirt.  

‘Always my rock,’ she wrote in the caption. ‘One of my favorite memories is my #17birthday.

She explained: ‘I was upset because I thought I wasn’t getting a car so I refused to get dressed that day and then my parents surprised me with a new car!’

Light and love: Along another photo smiling ear to ear in a formal dress she wrote ‘To know him was to LOVE him’ 

Adding: ‘They told me to go answer the door and there my new car was. Both my parents were so thoughtful and always wanted the best for Joey and I.’

Along another photo smiling ear to ear in a formal dress she wrote ‘To know him was to LOVE him.’

Teresa went on to share photos of her parents together writing ‘True love,’ with it. 

She also shared photos and well wishes other accounts and friends had shared after Giacinto’s passing. 

Wanted the best: Adding: ‘They told me to go answer the door and there my new car was. Both my parents were so thoughtful and always wanted the best for Joey and I,’ her mother passed in 2017

Support: She shared several posts and photos sending support to Teresa and her family

Love and prayer: With a black and white photo alongside her father she simply captioned it with a heart and praying hands emoji

RIP: Teresa shared a post that called her father an ‘amazing man that will forever be in our hearts’

Sad loss: The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star made the announcement on Friday on Instagram as she shared flashback photos of her dad

The way they were: She said now her father can join her mother, who passed away in 2017

 On Thursday she asked for prayers.

‘At this trying time I’m graciously asking for any extra prayers, good vibes, love….please send my father’s way,’ Teresa wrote in the post.

She showed an image of her dad with her four daughters (Gia, 19, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10).

‘My father is struggling and my girls and I need him, we need his love, his presence [and] his strength.’ 

Last year he was in the hospital.

He had been ill for a while: On Thursday she asked for prayers. ‘At this trying time I’m graciously asking for any extra prayers, good vibes, love….please send my father’s way,’ Teresa wrote in the post

Teresa opened up to The Daily Dish in 2018 about the precautions she and her family have taken around Nonno after he came to live with her following the passing of his wife and Teresa’s mother, Antonia Gorga, in 2017. 

‘That’s the thing, none of us can be sick around him because he catches it right away. We’re constantly always washing our hands,’ Teresa shared. ‘Like when you have a baby and you make sure everything’s clean, that’s how you have to be with him because he gets sick easily.’ 

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