Orlando Alberto FRUNO
July 4, 1923 – June 26, 2019
On June 26, 2019 Orlando “Lan” Fruno passed away at the Village at Mill Creek with his loving wife Pearl at his side. He was born July 4, 1923 to a hardworking Italian immigrant family in Armstrong, BC, one of 15 children, and at the age of 5, his family travelled by train as far as the tracks would take them, and settled in the Fort Langley area, making Port Kells their new home. Lan attended high school in Cloverdale, and enlisted in the army on his 18th birthday. He served for 5 ½ years in WWII as a Radio Communication Officer, and was among the troops who landed in Normandy on D Day. While performing his duties as a radio communicator in an armored car with a driver and a Commanding Officer, they were hit with a major bomb blast, and sadly Lan was the only survivor from the car, suffering profound hearing loss in one ear. After returning from the War, he met the love of his life, Pearl, in 1947. After three years of dating, they were married and recently celebrated 69 years of marriage. While living in Port Kells, they owned and operated PK Building Supplies (from 1953-1979). Lan was very community spirited, being an active volunteer assisting the firefighters with their equipment, and frequent blood donor. Lan was a great sports enthusiast – enjoying lacrosse, badminton, curling, golf and bowling. He won many trophies for his bowling ability and trophies for his “holes in one”, of which he was very proud. Retirement enabled Lan and Pearl to travel and continue golfing. They moved from Port Kells to Abbotsford, then Penticton, finally making Kelowna their home. Owning an RV allowed them to also travel across Canada to visit family and chase the sun through various golf courses in Chelan, Washington and Arizona. They also made many trips to enjoy the sun & golf in Hawaii. Lan will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his loving wife Pearl, his only surviving sister Laura, numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Saverio and Angelina, and 13 of his siblings: Antoinette, Violette, Mary, Nick (killed while serving in Italy), Rosina, Antonio “Tony”, Frank, Pete, John, Helen, Bill, Ida and Carl. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC and inurnment to follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, 2850 Dry Valley Road, Kelowna, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, 250-762-2299.
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Orlando Alberto FRUNO
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July 5, 2019
I have such fond memories of my dear Uncle Lan, inseparable from his sweet wife Pearl. With his kind demeanor and reassuring smile, he was always able to make one feel welcome and at ease in his presence. He was a gracious and generous host. Being a touch shy and quite reserved, it was quite easy to make him blush and warmly laugh at a compliment. He loved sharing his life’s experiences, especially his traveling and golfing stories and I so enjoyed listening to them. I deeply respected him.
He will be greatly missed. I truely wish I could be there to embrace my dearest Auntie Pearl to comfort her and show her my love.
My prayers are with you Auntie. 🙏