Mario Manderioli

Mario Manderioli

MANDERIOLI, MARIO 1912-2011 Mario Manderioli passed away peacefully on

December 14, 2011 at Village at Smith Creek at the age of 99. He is survived by sons Flavio (Nereyda) and Marzio (Anita), grandchildren Jordan and Sofia, his sister-in-law Ada Orlandi, and niece Gloria (Geoff) Lillos and their children Sarah and Stefan. Mario and his family

immigrated to Canada in 1966 where, after a short while in Ontario, they settled in Kelowna. Mario worked as a fieldman at Kelowna Growers Exchange and worked for several years at Calona wines prior to his retirement at age 77. As a

fieldman, Mario shared his extensive expertise in orcharding and was most passionate about the “art” of

pruning trees. Mario was perhaps happiest when walking through a well-kept orchard, but he was passionate about many things. While making his family a consistentpriority in his life, he also loved nature and was fascinated by the animal kingdom. He was a skilled bocce player, an excellent gardener, a competent wine maker and a passionate Serie A soccer and Formula 1 fan. He and his wife Luisa loved travelling and they both enjoyed cooking Italian dishes – the most important of them being

home-made tortellini. Perhaps his fondest years were those he spent in Africa while serving in the Italian military. Indeed the discipline learned while in the army served him well in all aspects of living. Mario approached everything with enthusiasm and tireless energy; he did not do anything

half-way and he demanded the best at all times from his loved ones and colleagues. Those who know Mario through his ties to the Canadian Italian Club will also remember his servant’s heart and love for dancing. Mario’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the outstanding staff at Village at Smith Creek. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 23, 2011 at 1 pm at Immaculate Conception church, 839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC. Interment to follow at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.

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