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Gino Martino Buffone

February 14, 1931March 6, 2021
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We have all been blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Gino. Whether his wisdom was shared over an espresso, a meal or while making his famous prosciutto and salami with his apprentices, Gino knew best… always…

His beloved garden was a simple reflection of his devotion to his family and his friends. He nurtured his family with fierce love, kindness, and counsel. We are enriched because of him. In simple terms, he was a man who loved deeply and was deeply loved. The seeds have been handed down and his incredible legacy will live on in all of us.

With sadness, we announce Gino Martino’s passing on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in his family home, surrounded by his loving family and devoted caregivers. Gino is now reunited with the love of his life, Giuseppina (2018). He is together again with his son Eugenio (2019), brother-in-law Tommaso (2017) and son-in-law Mike (1981).

Gino is the loving father of Sandra (Ian), Rosaria “Rosie” (Cliff) and Francesca (Ron). Proud Nonno to his grandchildren: Tanya, Tina, Aaron (Daniela), Zachary, Dean, Audrey and great-grandchildren: Olivia (Moe), Angelica (Alex), Vivian, Francesca, Adriano and Sofia. Dear brother to Antonio, Mario, Carmela (Pasquale), Ida, Assunta, Silvana and brother-in-law to Elena and Giustina. He will be dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Our family wishes to thank his devoted caregivers Annabel and Amanda who have looked after Gino so lovingly. We also wish to thank his Personal Support Workers, Joe, Vilma, Christine and Lisa as well as Nurses Rami and Elaine. Thank you to Dr. Adam Wilson for continuing to care for Gino during this time. A very special thank you to Father Peter Tuyen Nguyen at St. Clement’s Church and to the Knights of Columbus, Council 4916.

In accordance with the regulations of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario due to COVID-19, all events are restricted to a specified number of attendees. Please RSVP in advance by calling 519-621-1650. All visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles until their allotted time. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Friends and family are invited to Coutts Funeral Home, 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 2 - 6 p.m. Please follow the directions of the funeral home staff upon arrival.

A Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Clement’s Parish, 745 Duke Street, Cambridge 519-653-6123. Church representatives will be collecting information and conducting screening for contact tracing purposes on the day of the service. If you are in need of clarification for the procedures, please reach out to St. Clement’s Parish. A private family entombment will follow at Mount View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dale Brain Injury Services or Innisfree House would be appreciated.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, March 11, 2021


Gino Martino Buffone

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Mary Craigie

March 18, 2021

What a wonderful Man ( Gino),
When my brother took Rose's hand in marriage not only did they welcome him with open arms but the whole Wagner family as well. We were treated like we had always been apart of their family. What a blessing for us Wagner's to have inherited such a loving, generous family. The invitation to their home was always open. Gino & Giuseppina were always spoiling us Wagner's with homemade bake good and homemade sausage. Always warm hugs and kisses( the Italian way of course one on each cheek).
Such a loving and caring couple. When I was a single Mother Giuseppina and Gino invited me for a visit and at the end of the visit they handed me an envelope, they both insisted I take this money and get a family photo of myself and my children. They both knew as a single parent this is a luxury not a priority. Gino and Giuseppina would not take no for an answer. I will always remember this kind, thoughtful , caring act of kindness that they did for me. You will be greatly missed
Now Gino you are again with the love of your life Giuseppina. Thank you for being so wonderful and loving to all of us.

Wendy & Robert Hardcastle

March 18, 2021


So sorry to learn of this great loss. Only time will make it easier for all. I know your Father will live on in all the wonderful memories you have of him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your Family.

Love Wendy & Bob

Robert Hadley

March 17, 2021

I send my heartfelt prayers to your family. May the loving support from family and friends, as well as, the wonderful memories of your father bring you comfort.

Bob Hadley

Rose Meagher

March 10, 2021

Dear Sandra and family,
You're on my mind as I read this beautiful tribute to your Dad. Your loss is immeasurable but the gifts of love, hope and courage he bestowed on you over many years will ease your pain.
May you feel the comforting embrace of family, friends and memories.
Rose Meagher

Audrey Nelson

March 10, 2021

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Frankie, thinking of you and your family with hugs and kisses.

joe & Toni Spina

March 10, 2021

Martino was the kindest, gentlest man - but very firm in his ways with a large extended family that we see in the tributes. He was a mentor with Tom, Joe (Ron,Jim,Gerry), and Aldo - all of whom were the students of making sopressata, capicollo, salciccia, and Ron's favorite strigliola.....The only person that related to me a conversational perspective he had with my nonno Giuseppe Spina, when he and Peppina were getting married....
God bless. No more suffering....RIP

Ron Baumtrog

March 10, 2021

I remember making sausage and proscuitto with Dad in his basement. He never wasted anything and he made a sausage that was full of pigskin (stryiola). Dad knew I did not have a liking for it but he would always offer it to me and I would always decline. When I declined he would smile and chuckle and say "try it" even though he knew it would never happen. It was a game we enjoyed playing.

I will miss enjoying a glass of home made wine with him and listening to his stories of when he was a young man growing up in Italy and France.

God Bless you Dad

James Spina

March 9, 2021

Frankie and Ron, Rosie and Cliff, Sandra and Ian and family
Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear father Martino.
Your obituary describes him beautifully. He was a quiet man with a giant character, very firm but gentle. He began to impart his wisdom to me as a young boy and that continued well into my early sixties. It was especially wonderful to spend time with your father and dear mother when your Zio Tommaso and Zia Nella hosted us to make salami all those years.
He lived a long and especially successful life as is very evident in the beautiful display of photos of children, grand children and great grand children. May you find solace in knowing that his suffering is over and he is reunited with your dear mother and brother.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers at most difficult time.
God bless you all.
Che riposi in pace caro Martino.
Jimmy & Donna Spina and Family
Peterborough, Ontario

Patrizia Piraino

March 9, 2021

To the whole Buffone Family, we are very saddened by your loss. Please accept our condolences. Thank you all for the beautiful pictures you have posted. May the memories and spirit of Mr. Buffone nuture you always.
The Piraino Family

Perry Caicco

March 9, 2021

Deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Perry Caicco & Family, Elsa Caicco.