Gaspar Risso was born in Kelowna in 1908. He attended Mission Creek School and graduated from Kelowna Central Schools. In 1933 he married nurse Inez Hewer. Gaspar ran the family farm, started by his parents, Vincenzo and Annetta Risso. He grew vegetables, which he share cropped with the Tamaki family. He expanded it into a dairy farm, sending his milk to NOCA for over 40 years. Gaspar was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus, a Director with the Minor Hockey Association, and water bailiff for the South Kelowna Water Users Community. Both Gaspar and Vincenzo were founding members of the Italian Community Club, Pendozi District which started in 1930. They helped run the finances, plus took rentals for the Italian Hall until it was sold in 1959.