Armando Alfezio Bertoncini, age 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Natalina Bertoncini.
Armando was born on June 26, 1932, in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy. He immigrated to Canada in 1952, arriving in Trail, B.C. He later made Kamloops his home.
Armando will be lovingly remembered by his son, Larry (Josephine) Bertoncini; his daughters, Lorraine (Willie) Sayers, and Lorna (Elio) Pesce; his grandchildren, Dena (Emilio) Pagnotta, Daryn (Emma) Sayers, Melissa (Daven) Harley, Giovanni (Emily) Pesce, Justine Bertoncini, and Taylor Bertoncini. He was also blessed with six great-grandchildren: Giordanno, Ariana, and Alessio Pagnotta; and Evynn, Adley, and Sullivan Sayers. Left to honour his memory are his brother-in-law, Ben (Donna) DeMarni, and sisters-in-law, Teresa Klarich, Louise DeMonte, Luisa DeMarni, as well as, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Italo and Theresa Bertoncini; his brothers, Giovanni and Francesco Bertoncini; and his sister, Maria Rossa Giorgetti.
Armando began his career as a plasterman/bricklayer and started his own masonry business with his brother-in-law, Bruno Uliana and he retired from this business at age 55. He then pursued a new career in landscaping with Gino DeMarni. Armando was a very hard working man. Amazingly, he still found time to build four homes for his growing family! He also helped to build the expansion section of O.L.P.H. School.
Armando was a proud member of the Columbo Italian Lodge where he was a volunteer bartender and director. Armando enjoyed travelling back to Italy to visit his family. He had a passion for fishing, camping, playing cards and bocce with his family and friends, gardening, cooking (especially his famous pizza and sausages), making wine, but most of all, spending time with his children, grandchildren, and many other family members. Armando was always the first with his witty comments and we appreciated his sense of humour! Armando enjoyed mentoring the younger generation and he patiently spent time with them passing down his knowledge, skills, and many talents.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at St.John Vianney Parish with Father Praveen Jaison Tellis celebrant.
The family would like to thank the many caring relatives for their loving support. Armando's family extends their sincere gratitude to the compassionate caregivers of 5 South and especially, Doctor Genevieve Gabra.
Condolences may be made to www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
Should family and friends desire, they can make donations to the Alzheimer's Society.