It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of John Mastrobuono (Johnny) on September 28, 2015, at the age of 30. Johnny was born December 06, 1984 in Nelson, B.C. to proud parents Angelo and Lorna Mastrobuono (nee Saliken).
During his life, Johnny had accomplished many things, including graduating from SAIT with an Automotive Service Technologist diploma in 2013. Aside from his formal education, Johnny was an accomplished hunter, fisherman, roofer, sider, interior finisher, and all-around handy man.
One of Johnny’s favorite activities was playing soccer, which he started as a child and continued in his adult life. Johnny had a passion for motor-biking and enjoyed the adrenalin of a great bike jump. Johnny also enjoyed drawing and many of his cartoons can still be seen proudly hanging in his grandfather’s house.
Johnny enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and many who knew him have stories of climbing Pulpit Rock with him and laughing the whole way – a reflection of Johnny’s great sense of humour. Johnny could always be counted on to lighten up any situation. As a friend said, “There was only one Johnny.”
Left behind to mourn his passing are mother Lorna; sisters Francesca (Derek Wilkie), Maria, Ashley (Roberto Ramirez); grandfather Alex Saliken and many uncles, aunts and cousins, both in Canada and Italy. Johnny is now reunited with his family that departed before him – Angelo Mastrobuono (father), Julia Saliken (grandmother), Giovanni Mastrobuono (grandfather) and Francesca Malia (grandmother).
All were welcome to join the family in helping us celebrate Johnny’s life. A vigil was held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. as well as the funeral on Tuesday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m. Both events took place at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate (813 Ward St., Nelson, BC). Donations can be made out to the Edgewood Foundation at www.Edgewood.ca/non-profit-charity-addiction or contact Colleen Ward at 1-800-683-0111.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service
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