Bruno Tassone

December 29, 2020 9 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the family of Bruno Tassone announces his peaceful passing on December 26, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Bruno is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Elisabetta Tassone; his devoted son Domenic and daughter-in-law Donna; his caring grandchildren Alysia, Matteo (Alana), and Michelle; and his beautiful great-grandchildren, Tayden and Braea.

Bruno was born in Simbario, Italy in 1931. As a young boy, he helped his father on their small family farm. Bruno was the eldest son and was regularly called upon to help his family. He often retold the story of his father and him coming across a German army unit camped out at their farm mere months before the allied forces rolled through southern Italy.

At the age of 18 years, Bruno moved to France where he spent the next 6 years working in mines and sending money back home to Italy to help support his parents and seven brothers and sisters. In 1956, he decided to immigrate to Canada to start and build a better life. Over the next several years, Bruno brought over and sponsored his parents and siblings. Throughout his life, Bruno was proud of having helped his entire family immigrate to Canada so that they too could build a better life. In 1959, he married Elisabetta and they had one son, Domenic.

As a new immigrant and part of the great building generation, Bruno primarily worked in construction. He would later obtain a Building Operators’ Certificate from NAIT and worked for a major property management company before his retirement. Friends and family often described Bruno as being a very generous man. He was gregarious and enjoyed all social settings. Bruno loved to dance and especially enjoyed listening to his son Domenic play a tarantella on the accordion.

After his retirement, Bruno and his wife Elisabetta vacationed in Italy every couple of years to personally experience “la dolce vita” and spend time with Elisabetta’s large extended family in Italy and France. When Bruno was there, he enjoyed sipping on an espresso and playing cards with his Italian friends in the town’s piazza. He often said that his fondest memory was taking his beloved grandchildren Alysia, Matteo, and Michelle to Italy for a summer of fun, gelatos, and days at the beach or as Italians call it, “la spiaggia”.

Throughout his life, Bruno loved to garden and make homemade wine. In fact, Bruno continued to plant vegetable gardens and flower beds well into his mid-eighties. Every fall, he would eagerly anticipate the arrival and delivery of the cases of California grapes needed to crush, press, ferment, and fill his vintage Italian demijohns. Bruno’s greatest vintage will always be the year that he was able to make wine with his great-grandson Tayden. His son Domenic and grandson Matteo were only there to cheer Tayden and Nonno on.

Speaking three languages, Bruno would often express terms of endearment in Italian, French, and English. He loved his daughter-in-law- Donna like his own daughter. He always referred to his cherished granddaughters Alysia and Michelle as “Bella di Nonno”, and was especially fond of Matteo’s wife Alana and precious great-granddaughter Braea.

Caro Bruno, Papa, and Nonno, you will be forever in our hearts. We will miss you and will always “love you to the moon and back and up to the stars.”

Friends and family wishing to pay their last respects to Bruno may do so following COVID protocols of a maximum of 10 people in the church at a time, Thursday, December 31, 2020 from 9:00 am to 9:45 am at Santa Maria Goretti Church. After the viewing, a private service will be held by the family due to Covid-19 restrictions with interment at Holy Cross Mausoleum. Photos, Memories, and condolences may be shared through

  1. For the family my condolences I remember Bruno when I
    Move in his house 1969 he was a godfather my older son
    Rest In Peace my friend

  2. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  3. Domenic,Donna,Elisa,Matt,
    Alysia,Michelle,Alana,Tayden &Braea,
    Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Bruno was like a part of our own immediate family and will be forever missed by us all. We will remember the many stories and laughter that we shared over many occasions with fondness. Prayers
    Brad,Tanya,Jordan & Mitch

  4. Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father Bruno .

  5. To the entire Tassone family, we offer our deepest condolences.
    I was fortunate enough to get to know bruno when I became a stand-in for Dom on what turned out to be a wine-making adventure. I had no idea what I had signed up for. Bruno was hell bent on making sure that I learned every detail of wine making. He took my mentorship very seriously and would not touch the wine unless I was present.
    He had strong opinions on everything not just the wine making. He was a perfectionist. He cared so deeply about everything close to him. If you dropped your pizza upside down on the garage floor, you wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up and eat it. Everything was always spotless. I was shocked and impressed that a man in his senior years could muster so much physical and emotional energy. If Italians are known for their passion Bruno was a poster-boy for how to be a true Italian.
    He loved to tell stories about his youth in Italy, France and finally Canada.
    His favorite topics of conversation were always about Dom Donna, and the kids. I’m sure if he had his way, they would all live with him in his home. He rarely spoke about their accomplishments. His love and pride was based in what wonderful people they were and what wonderful people the kids were becoming. That wasn’t an accident…They had Bruno in their lives.
    Jake, and Mat were inseparable in their youth and Bruno and Lisa treated Jake like one of their own.
    I know my boy Jake. He isn’t an emotional man but when he told me about Bruno’s passing, I could tell on the phone that he was fighting back the tears as though he was talking about his own grandfather. Bruno’s passing will leave a void in every life he touched. I for one cannot help but smile as I recall Bruno, his mannerisms, and his ability to draw you in to his loving persona.
    With deepest sympathy, for the Tassone Family and all that knew Bruno, we wish you God’s speed in coping with you loss,

    The Wilkins Family

  6. To you, the Tassone family, I wish to say “Vi Porgo le mie piu sentite condogliance.”
    Be blessed you have a family who loves, respects , and appreciates one another which offers comfort and support during this difficult time.

  7. My deepest sympathies to your family. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead.

  8. Tassone family -Donna and Dominic and Family our condolences for the loss of your father.

  9. Our deepest condolences 💐 to the entire Tassone family. May your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. 🙏🏽

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