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Cresmount Funeral Home - Fennell Chapel

322 Fennell Ave East, Hamilton, ON

OBITUARY

Sergio Salvatore Fortunato

July 9, 1954October 6, 2019
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Passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 2019 in his 66th year. Beloved husband to Janet (nee Norrad) for 41 years. Loving father to Lisa (Michael Szucs), Eldon (Jessica), Sergio and Geena. He was proud "Grampy Nonno" to Geena Francesca. Dear son to Luisa and the late Eugenio Fortunato and brother to Anna Fortunato, Rita Beech (the late Barry) and Vince Fortunato (Liela). He will be dearly missed by all his extended family and friends in the Hamilton, Toronto and Sudbury areas.

His family will receive friends at the Cresmount Funeral Home, 322 Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton on Friday from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. and continuing on Saturday from 12noon until 1:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 50 Brucedale Ave. E on Saturday at 2 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Luigi Fiorino

October 14, 2019

My condolences to Janet and family. Sergio had a big personality and he tended to fill the room with it. His sense of humor was truly infectious and sometimes a little mischievous. We often laughed ourselves silly. He was also a deep thinker and his opinions and philosophies have stuck with me all these years since our high school and university adventures. I think of him often. I'm truly honored to have had a friend like Sergio during those "coming of age years" as we grew into adulthood together. I cherish my memories of Sergio.

June Cayuga

October 12, 2019

Dear Janet and Family
My deepest condolence. I met Sergio 3 times and each time he was a very happy and cordial gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love June (Alda's friend)

Joe Natale

October 12, 2019

Janet,Rita,Vince and family.My sincerest condolence on Sergio's passing.I will always remember his great smile and chuckle.We travelled and studied together to attend Laurentian University and would alternate driving if our vehicles would operate.Sergio's Volkswagen Beatle was always more dependable than my vehicle.Many good memories.

Antony Petrone

October 11, 2019

Vince and Family, Our deepest and most sincere condolences. We shared a blessed experience growing together as a large extended family in the home we called Gatchell. All of us had laughed, played and grew together and now we share the sorrow together. Sergio was a kind and magnetic guy that always left you with a smile.He has left us way too early and I am truly saddened . Growing up where we did, I believe that we can all clutch onto so many good memories of our youth and how we were raised and recognize the gifts that we had.....our Family, and friends. Sergio was a friend to all and leaves us with a smile during a very difficult time.
With support and sincere condolences to your wonderful Family.
Antony Petrone & Family.

Faith Buttigieg

October 11, 2019

My deepest condolences to your family. We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Fortunato's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you.
Sincerely,
Maria Faith Buttigieg (Michael Szucs' cousin) and family xo

Dwight Beech

October 10, 2019

My sincere condolences to you Rita and your extended family. It came as a great shock when I found out that Sergio had passed away. I really enjoyed seeing him this summer as he sat right in front of me at the ceremony for Matthew and Rebecca's wedding. We were able to chat a few times during the weekend. I always liked talking to Sergio as he was very personable and always concerned how everyone was doing. He will greatly missed! God Bless and may His face shine upon you and keep you and your family during this difficult time.

Raymond Chevrette

October 10, 2019

To Sergio's family: sorry for your loss. Remember the good times.

wilf ryan

October 10, 2019

I have many fond memories of working with Serge and know he is in a good place. My sympathies goes out to his family.

Debra MacQueen

October 9, 2019

Janet, Rita and family, I am sorry to hear about Sergio. I enjoyed working with him for many years and shared many laughs. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Debi and Murray

Linda Whitman

October 9, 2019

Janet, Rita and family
So sorry to hear about Sergio’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Biography

Sergio Salvatore Fortunato was born in Sudbury, Ontario in 1954 to Louisa and Eugenio Fortunato. He came from a family of four; his eldest sister Anna-Maria, twin sister Rita and younger brother Vince. Sergio grew up in Gatchell, and was a son of Italian immigrants. His first language was Italian. Sergio was a loving son and brother, and was extremely proud of his Calabrese Italian heritage. His family instilled strong traditions and a family first mentality. His pastimes and hobbies growing up included playing sports in the neighborhood, fishing, hunting, picking mushrooms, and collecting music. At the age of 17 Sergio met his soul-mate Janet Norrad. They were inseparable. He graduated from Laurentian University in Commerce, and started a life-long career in banking. He married the love of his life, Janet, in 1978.

His father passed away during his mid-20s, but this gave him the fortitude to grow into the man we all know.

He was loving, funny, classy, devoted, passionate, welcoming, warm-hearted, intelligent, professional, a role-model and a family man. He always spoke highly of his mother, father, Janet, his four children, siblings and nieces and nephews.

Sergio looked forward to weekend meals, events and gatherings, where his love of all Italian food and his heritage shone through.

He had impeccable taste in all things in life. He was sensitive and loved all of God’s creations; from a beautiful flower, to a scenic view, to his dogs (Dee Dee and Winston). Sergio had a great sense of style and loved to try new experiences. He was a mentor to many people throughout his life, and loved each person uniquely.

We live life every day, and look to Sergio’s memory as an example to live rich. Rich in the sense of experience and satisfaction. Sergio was never one to be left wanting for anything. He was satisfied and was most pleased around his family and friends. He would share his table with anyone, and often times he did. He had guests throughout his life. For much of his time he even had people live with his family. Sergio was the consummate gentleman, and taught us to be happy and respectful. He lived life fully. He commanded respect and touched the lives of countless people. It is hard to find a fault with Sergio, and we will always look to him as an example of how to conduct ourselves, and treat others. We should all hope to be able to achieve, and become half the person he was.

It is impossible to summarize into words how great of a man he was, and no words will be able to do him justice. As difficult as it is to live in a world without him, we have to continue to live in his honour, and live in a way that would make him proud. The air isn’t as fresh, the water doesn’t quench, and a lot of the sweetness is gone. We will all miss him forever. Although the pain will last an eternity, we will do our best to cope without him, and to live by his example.