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Silvano Bonoli

July 4, 1922 ~ July 4, 2018 (age 96)

Mr. Silvano Bonoli has gone to be with his beloved wife, Maria Elsa, having passed away on July 4th 2018, on his 96th birthday after a short illness.

 Born in Turin Italy on July 4th 1922. He and his family spent the first 45 years of his life in Italy and in 1967 moved his wife and two daughters to Canada where they made Thunder Bay their home. He worked hard to make life good for his family; Silvano started out as a roofer, however was able to find employment in his trade as a Machinist and retired from Northern Engineering and Supply NESCO in 1985.

 Silvano took an interest in working with wood. He made many fine pieces of furniture and completely redid his kitchen cabinets in his long - time home on McIntosh Street. He was also an excellent bowler whom was involved with more than one league and has a trophy case that is lined with his achievements. He also enjoyed going on bowling trips with his league members. Bocce was also one of his favorite pass times. He would join his fellow Italian friends at the DaVinci Center and even with his failing eyesight Silvano continued to be a competitive force. He had a great love of sports and followed Soccer, F-1 Car racing and Tennis very closely.

 Although living in Canada Silvano was a true Italian at heart. He often spoke of his home country with great pride. He would often reminisce of his experience during war time in Italy. In prior years made many trips back to the Old Country to visit.

 Silvano was predeceased by his wife Maria Elsa in 2008. He is survived by his daughters Giuliana  (Roberto) Pietrobelli,   Ornella ( Blaine ) Forbes of Ancaster ,ON.  Grandchildren, Claudio Pietrobelli (Stephanie), David Pietrobelli of Kelowna B.C. , Dr. Shawn Forbes (Beth) of Ancaster Ont. ,Laura Forbes of Ottawa ON. Seven great grandchildren… Daniella, Olivia, and Gabriella Pietrobelli, Conner Choroboy, Logan and Hannah Forbes and Shay Thomas.

The Forbes and Pietrobelli family would like to thank Dr. Steve Klassen and Dr. Dani Garon for their thoughtful help and guidance through this difficult time.

Visitation will take place at The Blake Funeral chapel 200 South May Street on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be complete at The Blake Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be at Our Lady of Charity Mausoleum following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Canadian Cancer society or The Alzheimer’s society would be appreciated.

Silvano Bonoli will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove.  Annual dedication service Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay
180 Park Avenue, Suite 310, Thunder Bay ON P7B 6J4
Tel: 1-807-346-8282

Canadian Cancer Society
1093 Barton Street, Thunder Bay ON P7B 5N3
Tel: 1-807-344-5433

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