Luigi Lorenzo ROMEI

ROMEI, Luigi Lorenzo After a long and courageous fight with Cancer, Luigi Lorenzo Romei went to our Lord, Saturday, February 20, 2010, on the occasion of his fifty-third wedding anniversary. He was born in S. Stefano del Sole, Italy on April 21, 1932 and immigrated to Kelowna, B.C. in July of 1951. Later in 1954, he met the love of his life, and partner in all things, Giovanna (nee Verna). Luigi loved God above all else, his family, his community of Lake Country, Canada his adopted Country, and Italy his homeland. Luigi fondly shared memories of his early days in remote and isolated parts of south eastern B.C. He traveled the CN rails, commuting and working in mining camps, forestry and highway construction. For years, his children would claim, he single handedly built the Roger’s Pass! In 1958, he did actually build his first house single handedly in Glenmore. An Entrepreneur at heart and a family man, Luigi took his accumulated knowledge and bought the Winfield Garage in 1961, which he operated until 1978. In 1965, Luigi and Giovanna bought an orchard and moved their young family from Glenmore to Winfield. He built and operated Winfield’s first Neighborhood Pub, Il Cavaliere from 1978 – 1990. A longing to pursue his passions as a mechanic, orchardist and inventor, he decided to sell the business so that he could retire and devote himself to a life of leisure. Luigi just couldn’t sit still and before too long, he had purchased property in Carr’s Landing where he and his children tried their hand at farming Ginseng, and various other plantings. Luigi was a passionate inventor who was forever fabricating things and improving the design and function of everything from daily household items to very complex machinery. He could fix anything, enjoying the challenge and never allowing for defeat. He was often heard muttering, “Those damn engineers”. Luigi included his family in all aspects of his life sharing his faith in God, knowledge of farming, mechanics and business, instilling values of excellence, achievement, personal accountability and ethics of social justice and virtue. He leaves behind his loving wife, Giovanna, five adoring children and thirteen cherished grand children: Mike (Filomena) Lorenzo and Letizia, Mario (Karen) Loren, Mariah, and Robert, Assunta (Mark) Giovanna, Shameera and Saul, Lorenzo (Shawna) Isabella, Angelina and Diego, and Rita (Mark) Jack and Marko. He also leaves his sisters: Maria (Emilio), Claudia, sisters-in law Marisa, Linda and brother-in-law Romolo (Cathy) and numerous nieces and nephews. Luigi will be remembered and missed by all those who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association or the Red Cross in Lake Country, the primary agencies in allowing him to achieve his final goal of passing at home. Luigi’s Life will be celebrated in Prayers on Thursday February 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm at St. Edwards Roman Catholic Church, 11123 Okanagan Centre Road E. in Winfield BC where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday February 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm (Noon). Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.