Olivo Bortolazzo

February 10, 1936December 26, 2020

Eulogy for Olivo Bortolazzo

We are heartbroken at the passing of Olivo Bortolazzo on December 26, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, son, Nonno and outstanding friend.

On behalf of the entire Bortolazzo family, we would like to thank everyone who has sent their condolences during this difficult time. The sheer amount of well wishes and gestures towards our family is truly inspiring and a testament to the kind of man Olivo was – a man who impacted the lives of so many people around him.

Olivo Bortolazzo was born on Feb 10, 1936, in Crespano del Grappa, Treviso, Italy. Like many Italians, he hoped to create a better life for his family and made the journey to Canada in 1955, at the age of 19. He was originally scheduled to go to Winnipeg, but when he arrived in Halifax, his cousins called him and convinced him to join them in Toronto. What began as a simple and laborious life unfolded into a prosperous journey full of love, laughter, and faith. When Olivo was with his cousins, they were always joking or telling stories. With them, it was one good natured prank after another, even in church, the conversation would often go sideways and include everything except prayers!

This fun-loving quality that defined Olivo began in childhood. As a young boy, Olivo kept everyone on their toes with his lively nature. He’d often tease his sisters; put snakes in the teacher’s desk and keep his father on constant alert as to what he would do next. Olivo was a handful, but what a joy he brought to his parents and his five siblings.

When he got a little older, he would work in construction while helping his father with the family farm. It was not easy. Olivo had to bring meals to his father daily by navigating the steep slopes of Monte Grappa only to return home laden with hay for the cattle plus cheese, butter and milk he was tasked to sell back home. He became incredibly strong and fit and developed a life-long love of the outdoors which later included hunting and fishing trips with his sons.

As a young man in Toronto, Olivo worked as a lumberjack while further honing his skills in the construction industry. He moved to Thunder Bay and even became a wrestler before he met the love of his life, Alida. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married and spent the next 61 years together raising a beautiful and loving family. They were inseparable. Olivo was a caring, honourable man who always put family first – a quality that carries on in his sons Louie, Robbie and daughter Sandy.

The Bortolazzo’s eventually settled in Vancouver and Olivo started to make a name for himself as a developer and contractor. He never lost his sense of humour and was always the life of the party. This was a man who loved life, was passionate yet easy going – one of the reasons so many people gravitated toward him!

Olivo also loved to cook. He would start cooking at 5:30 in the morning just so that he would be ready to welcome his friends and family to a spectacular pizza, coniglio dinner or other Italian specialities. His garden was his sanctuary and he lovingly grew tomatoes and radicchio which he generously shared with neighbors and friends. He also developed his own homemade wine that he prized highly and would often invite his son and others to a competitive taste test. He loved having his family around him and was particularly proud of his grandchildren and their many accomplishments. Olivo was a proud man, only wanting his family to see him at his best. Even in his final days, he would grin and tell his family he’d be back soon, still embodying that upbeat personality and cheeky smile from childhood. Olivo was taken from us much too soon – he wasn’t ready to leave this earth – he was having way too much fun. We will miss him dearly, but we know that he is in heaven right now, growing the best radicchio and making the ultimate homemade wine. Through our memories, Olivo Bortolazzo will live on forever.

Olivo is survived by his wife, Alida, sons Louie (Sandra), Robbie (JoAnn), daughter Sandy (Lui); his sisters; Gabriella (Dario), Luisa (Gianni), Pierina (Eddy), Assunta, and his grandchildren; Alexia, Matteo, Olivia (Dakarai), Nadia, Luca, Natasha, Daniel, Amedeo and Valentina. He was predeceased by his brother, Gabriele (Marcella) and his mother, Maria Emilia and father, Luigi.


19 January

Catholic Funeral Mass

10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Helen's Parish

3860 Triumph Street
Burnaby, BC V5C2A6

Due to current Federal COVID19 Guidelines, services and events are limited to 10 attendees. As per family request, please view the funeral mass through the livestreamed link.


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bill randall

January 19, 2021

Oliver was a wonderful man, I fondly remember him hard at work on jobsites but most fondly remember how welcoming he was particularly spending time at his home in Osoyoos. Bill Randall.

Morris VanAndel

January 19, 2021

Deepest condolences and prayers of comfort and peace from our family to yours as you navigate this difficult time

Narciso and Nita Tuan

January 19, 2021

We will always remember Olivo, and the good times we have shared. Our mornings having coffee are sadly missed. He was a wonderful friend. Our condolences to you on your loss.

Cliff and Gina Bauer

January 19, 2021

Dear Louie, Sandra and family,
We send you our sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad and Nonno. You are in our prayers and thoughts during this sad and difficult time.
sending our love,
Cliff, Gina and family

Marilla & Ivana Chies

January 18, 2021

Alida, family, & siblings:
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Olivo. He was a great man & friend. He lived life to the fullest. As we cannot be with you, we will be with you in spirit and prayers watching the service from Thunder Bay.
Much love, affection, and condolences to you all,
Marilla, & Ivana Chies

Demis Mucignat

January 16, 2021

Uniti al Vostro dolore. Sentite condoglianze famiglia Mucignat Sergio .

Sonia and Paolo Salvador

January 13, 2021

Louie, Sandra and Bortolazzo family,

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. He will always be in your hearts and his memory will live on.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sonia and Paolo

Lorenzo Serena

January 13, 2021

To the Bortolazzo family our prayers and deepest condolences.
Lorenzo and Elia Serena

Alvin Unger

January 13, 2021

I loved Olivo. Always a smile and a joke or two. He demonstrated true accepting love of his wife, kids and grandkids. Years ago Karyn & I stopped in at Karletto and Cecielia's home in Crespanno de Grappa. Karletto could speak german, and we had a great visit. We went into town and bought a blender for Olivo, which I dragged home on the plane. Olivo was so happy to receive something from his hometown! A few years ago I had a great afternoon with Louie and Olivo when we visited Ron & Mary's place. He loved the helicopter ride, smiling the whole time!

Zeljko and Vera Erbez

January 12, 2021

Our deepest condolances to his family as we are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of the patriarch of the family.

Olivio and his large personality will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him! Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family.

With love,
Željko & Vera Erbez