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Giovanni (Nino) Colussi

Giovanni (Nino) Colussi

Saturday, February 10th, 1923 - Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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A gentleman in every sense of the word, Giovanni (Nino) Colussi died suddenly, but peacefully in his home on Tuesday morning, September 3rd, 2019 in the arms of his daughter, Gabriella, and in the presence of his cherished wife, Rina. Revered by his twin grandsons, Alexander and Thomas, and beloved by all: his son-in-law, Richard Arthur and all his family in the UK and in Vienna; his brother Elmo, sister-in-law, Silvana; niece, Louise (husband, Ron Gable); daughters Francesca and Monica; nephew Stephen (wife, Carmen Pelaez); daughters Silvia, Mariana, and Elena and very close friends Isolino and Edith Quattrin, and family and friends from his hometown, Zoppola, Pordenone, Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Having survived various medical challenges in his youth, he met Rina in 1946; they married after a long courtship on April 24th, 1954; he immigrated to Canada after two weeks in May 1954 arriving at Pier 21 and then coming to Toronto, where his brother and many others of his townsfolk had settled. With his wife and brother by his side, together they raised their families and shared precious life moments with kinsfolk. He faced a working life of challenge and perseverance, but found his niche as a carpenter, at first travelling around Ontario to build bowling allies and then setting in Toronto as a sub-contractor. His expertise led him to be known as “Mister Fix-It”. He survived two challenging surgeries at age 72 and again at 76 and lived to help raise his twin grandsons, i fioi, as he called them in our variety of Friulian. At age 90, he enjoyed an extraordinary birthday celebration at the Famee Furlane Toronto, the result of which was a significant donation to Villa Leonardo Gambin long-term care home for redecorating the 7th floor family room in murals depicting his hometown. On April 24th, 2019, he celebrated 65 years of marriage in a quiet family dinner. Following a fall in late April, he spent five weeks in excellent respite care at Weston Gardens and then returned successfully home, his very favourite refuge. In addition to raising and caring for his family, his lifelong passion was choral singing, beginning as a youth in the voci bianche in his hometown under the direction of Maestro Pierobon and continuing for the last decades with the Italian Choir at St. Jane Frances. He loved to tell his family stories, gave unconditional love to all, was enormously grateful for the love of his immediate family and close friends, both in Toronto and in his hometown and never took for granted the care, kindness, and friendship of his friends, his neighbours, those who cared for him at Humber Hospital and most recently the community care workers from Bayshore
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home, "Woodbridge Chapel"
    Address
    4671 Highway 7
    Vaughan, ON L4L 1S6
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    Please note: the family suggests to come north on Islington to Hwy 7, turn right (eastbound) to past the second set of lights (Wigwoss Dr/Helen St): the funeral home is on your right hand side. For those traveling westbound: there is a u-turn lane at Wigwoss Dr/Helen St. to allow access to the funeral home.
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Ward Funeral Home, "Woodbridge Chapel"
    Address
    4671 Highway 7
    Vaughan, ON L4L 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Please note: the family suggests to come north on Islington to Hwy 7, turn right (eastbound) to past the second set of lights (Wigwoss Dr/Helen St): the funeral home is on your right hand side. For those traveling westbound: there is a u-turn lane at Wigwoss Dr/Helen St. to allow access to the funeral home.
  • Service

    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Jane Frances Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    2747 Jane Street
    TORONTO, ON M3L 2E8
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  • Interment

    Location
    Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    8361 Yonge Street
    THORNHILL, ON
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Javier Grossutti

Posted at 04:21pm
Ho conosciuto Giovanni ‘Nino’ Colussi nel mese di aprile 2017. Trascorsi alcune ore assieme a lui e a Rina in occasione di una mia visita a Toronto per lavorare con Gabriella ad un progetto di ricerca sul bisnonno Colussi andato in Argentina. Nino mi raccontò sulla sua esperienza migratoria in Canada, ma anche sul suo periodo trascorso in Friuli prima di partire. Ebbi subito l’impressione di parlare con una persona di animo buono e gentile, che nella sua vita era stato guidato da principi di rettitudine, quali l’onestà, la moralità, la serietà, il rispetto, l’amore per la famiglia, il senso del lavoro, caratteristiche che io collegai con la vecchia civiltà contadina di un Friuli che non esiste più. Sono certo che chi come me l’ha conosciuto non lo dimenticherà.
Assieme a Ketty, mi stringo a Rina, a Gabriella, ad Alexander e Thomas, a Ric e al resto della famiglia e porgo le mie più sentite condoglianze.
Javier Grossutti
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Fam. Del Tedesco- Marina- Lucia

Posted at 04:05pm
We hope this tree, wherever it's planted, will help keep Nino's spirit alive in the world. Much love
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Arianna e Gianna Travani

Posted at 03:39pm
We, together, choose to plan a Memorial tree to remember your love for your work as a carpenter.
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Arianna Zuliani

Posted at 03:33pm
Carissimo Nino,

la notizia della tua dipartita ci ha colte di sorpresa e ci ha addolorato, ma siamo certe che tu sia già pronto ad entrare nel coro del Cielo. Potrai così consolare tutti i tuoi cari, soprattutto Rina, Gabriella, Richard, Alexander, Thomas, Elmo e Silvana che ti hanno voluto bene. A tutti loro giungano le nostre più sentite condoglianze.

La lontananza purtroppo non ci permette di dare grande sostegno in questo difficile momento. Abbiamo comunque deciso di partecipare in modo attivo al tuo ricordo, così Arianna ed io abbiamo aderito alla proposta 'Memorial Tree' messa a disposizione dalla Ward Funeral Homes e piantare un albero che ricorderà ai posteri il bravo carpentiere che eri.

Anna invece ha già ordinato un triduo di sante messe nelle date 15 settembre 2019, 13 ottobre 2019 e 13 settembre 2020 nelle quali pregheremo il buon Dio di accoglierti nella sua Pace.

Ricordandoti con grande affetto, ci stringiamo ai tuoi familiari con un forte abbraccio.

Gianna, Arianna e Anna Querin Travani
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Ivana Brussolo

Posted at 12:56pm
To the Colussi Family
I would like to express my deepest condolences to you Gabriella, your mother Rina and the whole family.
I feel we have been blessed and lucking to have had our parents for the length of time to share in our life.
It is never easy to say good bye. My prayers are with you all.
From the Brussolo Family
Pierino, Nadia, Ivana, Roberto, Renza and our families
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