Luigi Valentinuzzi

Luigi Valentinuzzi

of Genelle was born in Casarsa, Pordenone, Italy, on May 13, 1926 and died on July 15, 2015 at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, BC, Canada with family by his side.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Bianca, his three daughters, Kayla (Marcel), Sandra (David), Carol (Jared), and his grandchildren Alexander, Nickolas, Ashley, Zachary, John and Chloe. Luigi was predeceased by his parents, Alessandro and Luiga, his brother Peter, and his sister who died during early childhood.

Luigi enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He loved being in the mountains and working in his garden. Every spring, he always gave Bianca the first rose which bloomed from his rose bushes.

Some of his true joys were making wine with his fellow Italians, and cutting the finest trees the BC land generously offered. He would share the fruits of his labor and lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was known to raid the cookie jar when no one was looking and he always made sure to share one with his dog. He had a special bond with dogs which he cared for throughout his years.

He was hard working in his career, and those who had the pleasure of working with him during his 36 years at Cominco would refer to him as “Little Louie”. He was dedicated, brave, and tireless in his work. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He was kind in spirit and generous in his time and service of others even throughout retirement.

A private family service was held on July 20, 2015. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Donations in his memory can be made to

the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench,

Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at

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