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Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel

492 Wellington Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

OBITUARY

Mr. Alfonso (Al) "Sonny" Guerino Crema

November 13, 1933July 13, 2019
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CREMA, Alfonso (Al) - Passed into the loving arms of our Lord, in the presence of his beloved daughters on Saturday, July 13, 2019 after a long and valiant struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

Most loved father of Terri Howe and Jennifer Rennison (Les). Loved husband of Nan. Cherished grandpa of Sandy Howe (Denis Fortis), Jeff Rennison (Andriana), Stephanie Major (Rob) and Spencer Howe (Amanda Vokey). Very proud great grandpa of Lincoln Rennison and Abigail Major. Al will be sadly missed by his devoted friends Tarmo and Donna Veedler. Friends and family are invited to visit at the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street E. 705 -759-2522) on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm. Funeral service in the chapel at 3 pm. Mr. Tarmo Veedler officiating. Anyone attending the funeral home is welcome to wear baseball gear or to dress casually. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial contributions (payable by cheque) to the F.J. Davey Home Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Dr. Apostle and to the staff of Birch 1 and Cedar 1 at the Davey Home. The care and compassion shown to dad was very much appreciated. Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.arthurfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Mr. Alfonso (Al) "Sonny" Guerino Crema

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J. Diotte

September 25, 2019

So sorry for your loss Terri and Sandy.

Bob Grant

September 25, 2019

RIP Al. You were a fine man and a good friend.

Tony Chiarella

September 25, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family. Al was a great man I had the privilege to work with him at the Tube Mill years ago, a friend that I will miss seeing.

Dan Fata

September 25, 2019

My condolences to your family, worked with Al for many years at the tube mill.

Mary Johnston

September 11, 2019

Sorry Jennifer.

Michael Carlascio

September 11, 2019

Our warm condolences to the Crema family -- may your hears be strengthened and comforted during this time of loss. God's loving best.

Diane Jobst (Celetti)

September 11, 2019

So sad to hear of your dad's passing Terri and Jennifer and families! My condolences to your mom and all of you! I have many fond memories of the times we spent together! Keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers!
Love, Diane.

Penny Leishman

September 11, 2019

Dear Jennifer, Terri and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I enjoyed many visits with Al.

Joan & Rod Myers

September 11, 2019

Please accept my deepest sympathy, Nan, Terri, Jennifer and families. He was a good friend and co-worker to Rod for many years.

Maureen Twomey

September 11, 2019

Terri, Jennifer and family, so sorry for your loss. I hope your memories warm your heart and bring smiles to your faces. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Maureen Twomey and Coleen Kelly

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Dad 2013

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Dad with Uncle Abby (Albert DiGiamberardine)

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Dad, Nonna (Mary Crema), Great-Grandma (Giacondina DiGiamberardine), Terri, Great Grandpa (Luigi DiGiamberardine)

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Dad helping Spencer practice

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Dad, Dennis Crema, Uncle Angelo Crema, Nonna (Mary Crema)

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Dad's Birthday

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Jeff & Andj's wedding - June 29, 2013

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DQ treat at Collegiate Heights Retirement Home 2018

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4 Generations - Stephanie, Abigail, Jen, Dad & Mom

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Rob (Major), Jen, Steph, Abigail, Dad & Mom

Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Mr. Alfonso (Al) Guerino Crema who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Sonny was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Sonny knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Sonny was born on November 13, 1933 at General Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. His parents were Sisto Crema & Mary Angela DiGiamberardine. Sonny was raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Even as a youngster, Sonny learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      Sonny's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Sonny enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Sonny took part in baseball.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Sonny reveled in the security of his family. On October 27, 1956 Sonny exchanged wedding vows with Vera Choloris Matthews at the St. Gregory's Church of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. One of Sonny’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Sonny was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Sonny would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Sonny was blessed with two children, two daughters, Theresa and Jennifer. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Sandy, Jeffrey, Stephanie and Spencer.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Sonny was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Sonny was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Sonny upheld his standards. His primary occupation was hotmill operator at the Tube Division of Algoma Steel. He was employed for 35 years by Algoma Steel, Tube Division. Prior to Algoma Steel, he worked at Soo Mill. Sonny was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Sonny approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing baseball, bowling and carpentry/woodworking. Sonny was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Sonny to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included baseball and fitness activities. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball and golf.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Sonny could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Sonny; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of his most prestigious awards included 3 "300" rings for perfect games in bowling. He was very proud of this accomplishment.

      When Sonny’s retirement finally arrived in Sept. 30, 1987, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, he found continued pleasure in bowling and watching his grandchildren play baseball. In many ways, Sonny loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Sonny passed away on July 13, 2019 at F. J. Davey Home, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. "Sonny" had a long and valient struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his wife Nan, and his daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Les, his daughter Terri, his grandchildren Sandy, Jeffrey, Stephanie and Spencer, and his great-grandchildren Lincoln Jeffrey Rennison and Abigail Margaret Major. Services were held at Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel. "Sonny" was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetry.

      All who knew him would agree that Sonny was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Mr. Alfonso (Al) Guerino Crema did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.


CREMA, Alfonso (Al) - Passed into the loving arms of our Lord, in the presence of his beloved daughters on Saturday, July 13, 2019 after a long and valiant struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

Most loved father of Terri Howe and Jennifer Rennison (Les). Loved husband of Nan. Cherished grandpa of Sandy Howe (Denis Fortis), Jeff Rennison (Andriana), Stephanie Major (Rob) and Spencer Howe (Amanda Vokey). Very proud great grandpa of Lincoln Rennison and Abigail Major. Al will be sadly missed by his devoted friends Tarmo and Donna Veedler. Friends and family are invited to visit at the Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street E. 705 -759-2522) on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm. Funeral service in the chapel at 3 pm. Mr. Tarmo Veedler officiating. Anyone attending the funeral home is welcome to wear baseball gear or to dress casually. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial contributions (payable by cheque) to the F.J. Davey Home Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Dr. Apostle and to the staff of Birch 1 and Cedar 1 at the Davey Home. The care and compassion shown to dad was very much appreciated. Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.arthurfuneralhome.com