Passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Kelowna, BC. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Vincenzina; daughters Assunta (Bob) of Calgary, AB, Antonietta (Jeff) of Kamloops, BC, sons Sam (Wilma) of Calgary, AB and Mario (Sharon) of Nelson, BC; grandchildren Alyssa, Julia, Justin, Laura, Lee, Connie, Micheal, Tony, Matthew, Molly, Jayna and Spencer; great grandchildren Hayden, Sophia, Cameron, Linden, Ava and Morgan; sister Natalina (Angelo) of Toronto, ON. Predeceased by parents Salvatore and Assunta, brothers Francesco, Michele, Antonio; sisters Dora, Maria; sisters-in-law Giuseppina, Carmela and Adelina. Bruno was born on May 10, 1933 in Serra San Bruno, Italy. He immigrated to Canada in January, 1956 and settled in Nelson, BC where he and Vincenzina raised their family. Early on, Bruno worked with CPR and then in construction. He then continued his work with Notre Dame University, which eventually became Selkirk College, retiring in 1994. In 2006, Bruno and Vincenzina relocated to Kelowna, BC where he made many new friends. Bruno had a “life of the party” personality at family gatherings. He loved to make people laugh and had many simple passions. He loved to garden and did so until he recently entered his care home. He adored playing his guitar and joyfully appreciated a great song. When his kids were little, he loved taking them fishing and on picnics. He loved making wine and sharing it generously with family and friends. During his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering at a few organizations. Meeting his friends for coffee was a daily routine. Above all, Bruno deeply loved spending time with his family and friends. Prayers will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm and a Funeral Service at 10:00 am Friday, May 13, 2016 at St. Charles Garnier Parish, 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC. Interment will be held on 11:00 am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Nelson Memorial Cemetery.
We would like to thank Dr. Dawson, Carys Jones and the staff of both Kelowna General Hospital and Spring Valley Care Centre for the exceptional care Bruno received. Memorial donations may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9or Alzheimer Society of BC, Suite 307 – 1664 Richter Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8N3. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.