OBITUARY

Alfredo Brusco

November 19, 1964May 24, 2018
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BRUSCO, Alfredo After a very courageous battle with cancer, Alfredo passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday May 24, 2018 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa in his 54th year. Best friend and precious love to Janet (nee Bray). Loving and devoted father to Joseph. Predeceased by his parents Aldo and Francesca Brusco. Beloved brother to Antonio (Gabriella) Brusco, and Patrizio (Pina) Brusco. Loving uncle to Francesca, Patrick, Marco, Felicia Brusco and Alex Lucyk. Predeceased by his sister in law Michelle Lucyk (nee Bray). Alfredo was also a very special godfather to his godchildren and a loving Fifi to his little Dorothy. He will be deeply missed by his in laws, Brian Bray, Les and Lorraine Brown, Sara McCoshen, Matt (Liza) Brown and girls and extended family. Adored by his four legged fur buddy Snickles. Visitation will be held at COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice (905-432-8484) on Tuesday, May 29th, from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Sick Kids Foundation would be appreciated. "I'll be there, till the stars don't shine, 'Till the heavens burst and the words don't rhyme, I know when I die you'll be on my mind, And I'll love you always."

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

Alfredo Brusco

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Cathy Benson

June 6, 2018

Janet & Joseph

I am very sorry for the loss of Alfredo he was a great friend and co-worker. He always had this way to make me smile no matter what.
We shared a love of Bon Jovi and I'll always remember when we were doing inventory prep one year in hardware and we were both just belting out living on a prayer.
I will cherish my memories of Alfie.
Love to you both in this very difficult time
Cathy

Donna Kent

June 1, 2018

So sorry Janet and Joseph about Alfredo. We did not know your husband but from what I have read he was a wonderful and kind person. He will be missed greatly by all who did know him. John and I are thinking of you Janet and Joseph as you deal with your tremendous loss.

Agostino Taormina

May 30, 2018

To Janet and Joseph
I am very sorry for the loss of your husband and Joseph dad.
And a very very good friend of mine.
He will be missed a lot from is
family , friends and by me.
Never would have made it passed the
first year at the Home Depot.
If it wasn't to have met a decent
nice funny happy guy.
We has so much fun laughter.
We talked about Joseph when he was going threw hard time with is health.He was still in good spirit about it .I talked about my son he understood. Truly going to miss him a lot as friend and a good worker.
Customer like him, very friendly.
All the contractors I talked too said he was a good person they are going to miss him .How could this happen to a very great person and family men.
He was so very happy when he got to drive a Ferrari he said it was a truly beatyfull car that was his dream.We also had fun talking about World Cup Soccer we both got exiceted about it mostly me.He used tell me always to take it easy relax he worried about me true friend.
Truly your good friend & co-worker Gus
Janet & Joseph sorry for the
passing of a good person Alfredo

Rest in Peace my good Friend.
From your buddy Gus








Agostino Taormina

May 30, 2018

To Janet and Joseph
I am very sorry for the loss of your husband and Joseph dad.
And a very very good friend of mine.
He will be missed a lot from is
family , friends and by me.
Never would have made it passed the
first year at the Home Depot.
If it wasn't to have met a decent
nice funny happy guy.
We has so much fun laughter.
We talked about Joseph when he was going threw hard time with is health.He was still in good spirit about it .I talked about my son he understood. Truly going to miss him a lot as friend and a good worker.
Customer like him, very friendly.
All the contractors I talked too said he was a good person they are going to miss him .How could this happen to a very great person and family men.
He was so very happy when he got to drive a Ferrari he said it was a truly beatyfull car that was his dream.We also had fun talking about World Cup Soccer we both got exiceted about it mostly me.He used tell me always to take it easy relax he worried about me true friend.
Truly your good friend & co-worker Gus
Janet & Joseph sorry for the
passing of a good person Alfredo

Rest in Peace my good Friend.
From your buddy Gus








Douglas Flower

May 28, 2018

I share in the families grief at the loss of Alfredo. He was a great mentor to me after I was transfered over to the hardware department at Ajax Home Depot. We will miss him and his gentle smile and voice. My sympathies to his family and friends.

Maureen Bickell

May 27, 2018

I am saddened to hear of Alfredo's passing. I worked at the Home Depot with him for several years.
My memories of him are of a kind and gentle soul. My deepest condolences to Janet and Joseph .
He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
" Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you."

Agostino Taormina

May 27, 2018

To Janet&Joseph I feel sorrow and
pain for the passing of Alfredo.
Was a great husband to Janet and
a super hero dad to Joseph.
He will be missed by love ones and friends.

Rest in Peace my Friend

Your good friend Gus

Jen Hunter

May 26, 2018

Janet and Joseph I am sorry to hear of Alfredo's passing. My thoughts are with you both at this difficult time. xoxo
Jen

Robert and Marianne Free

May 26, 2018

Dear Janet, thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. I find this quote comforting. "When my ship sails out of sight, it does not mean my journey ends only that the river bends. " Take comfort in knowing that you have many friends. Blessings Rob and Marianne

Nancy Hooper

May 26, 2018

Thoughts & Prayers are with You Janet and Joseph & Families i have fond memories of Alfredo working with him at Home Depot Alfredo will be greatly missed by All.

Biography

In the song of life, Alfredo Brusco was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Alfredo preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Alfredo believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Alfredo perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

His parents were Aldo and Francesca Brusco. Alfredo came to Canada when he was two and was raised in Oshawa and Whitby, Ontario. As a young child, Alfredo was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Alfredo rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

Early on in his family relationships, Alfredo showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with two siblings. He had two older brothers Antonio and Patrizio. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

As he was growing up, Alfredo developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and he took pleasure in using his hands in order to create. Growing up, Alfredo took part in baseball, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball and he also took swimming lessons while in elementary school with his friend Steve. He and Mario also liked to kick the soccer balls while at each other's homes. He enjoyed playing road hockey with Mario, Steve, Pat and Mike on Sharon Avenue in Oshawa. In his spare time he liked to wash his Camaro in the driveway, work as a bartender at the Italian Club and other halls, and hanging with his friends Mario and Steve. He also enjoyed tagging along with his brother Pat and his friends. He enjoyed driving his mom and dad to their relatives homes on Sundays. However, to Alfredo, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

He attended Holy Cross for elementary school and graduated from General Vanier High School , Oshawa, Ontario in 1983. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favourite classes and teachers. His favourite class in high school were the shop classes - auto shop, wood shop and auto body. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was his auto body teacher.

Those who didn’t know Alfredo well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. Alfredo was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Alfredo’s, you understood how true a friend he could be. While growing up, some of his best friends were Steve Malish since grade 2, Mario Palermo and Mike Malish who all grew up in the same neighbourhood. Some of his friends also included John Pellegrino, Jeff Esselink and later in life, he became friends with Gus and Doug and other co-workers at the Home Depot and he stayed best friends with Mario and Steve. Janet’s friends quickly became his friends.

A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Alfredo had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On June 17, 2000, Alfredo exchanged wedding vows with his life partner Janet Marie Bray at the Saint Mary of the People Church in Oshawa, Ontario.

Alfredo was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his son. These emotional bonds made him as much a playmate as a parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, and was always there to support them. Alfredo was blessed with one child, a son – Joseph, who was born August 18, 2001.

Alfredo found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was a retail sales associate. He was employed by Home Depot for 26 years. Alfredo tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

Alfredo enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favourite pursuits were spending time with his family, building things for our home - deck, shed and flower boxes, renovating the basements in both homes, enjoyed working outside around the house, painting inside the house and washing his vehicles which he named Rosa and Gingy. Alfredo was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. He was relaxed in his approach to his leisure time because he wanted to savour the present moment.

Alfredo and Janet while dating had bowled in an Italian league for a few years. Alfredo was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favourite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Juventus Soccer Team.

Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Alfredo was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. He often undervalued his achievements and abilities and simply viewed his performance as fulfilling his responsibilities. Some of his most prestigious awards included Customer Service Awards from Home Depot. His customers loved him.

Because he loved the world around him, Alfredo enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Alfredo put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favourite vacations included Disney and Universal, Mexico for our honeymoon, Cuba for our 10th wedding anniversary, our trip out West while dating, our annual week at the cottage and our last trip together as a family when we drove down East. In his much younger years he visited Acapulco with his friends Mario and Jeff and with Frank and Rob.

Alfredo was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Alfredo’s favourites was Snickles our cat. They were best friends for 13 years. His family was rounded out by his birds while growing up which he named after the "Happy Days" gang.


Alfredo, Janet and Joseph also shared a love of music and their favourite band was Bon Jovi. They had seen this band in concert numerous times and each time was better then the last, especially when Joseph started to go with them.


Alfredo passed away on May 24, 2018 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. He fought a very courageous but brief battle against cancer. He is survived by his best friend and precious love Janet. Loving and devoted father to Joseph. Beloved brother to Antonio (Gabriella) and Patrizio (Pina). His nephews and nieces Francesca, Patrick, Marco, Felicia Brusco and Alex Lucyk. He will be deeply missed by his in-laws Brian Bray, Lorraine and Les Brown, Sara McCoshen, Matt (Liza) Brown and girls and his extended family. He was loved by his godchildren and was known as Fifi to his little Dorothy. Predeceased by his parents Aldo and Francesca and by his sister-in-law Michelle Lucyk. Services were held at Courtice Funeral Chapel. Alfredo was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery, Whitby, Ontario.

Alfredo was a good man, a kind man, and a practical man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Alfredo always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Alfredo was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Alfredo Brusco.