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Vincenzo Fazzalari

Vincenzo was born in San Giorgio Morgeto (Reggio Calabria), Italy in 1929 and moved to Welland in 1954 where he worked at Atlas Steels for 34 years and also took great pride in land development and building quality homes with his brother Mike. Pa was very proud of his family, Italian heritage, his adopted country Canada, and his bountiful organic garden.

  • Born in San Giorgio Morgeto,
    Reggio Calabria on March 7, 1929
  • Passed away in Welland, Ontario
    on October 22, 2013
  • Married to Maria Donata Tummolo,
    on August 31, 1958
  • Loving Father of Frank (Debbie), Anna (Butch), Rita (George), Nancy (Ian), and Carlo (Anne).
  • Dearest Nonno of Christopher, Amanda, Matthew, Alexander, Miles, Spencer, Aidan, Ryan, Isabella, Emily, Lauren, and Jasmine.

Vincenzo Fazzalari

Vincenzo Fazzalari
Vincenzo FazzalariSon, Husband, Father, Grandfather
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

TrulyApart of my heart

Vincenzo grew up in a traditional hardworking Italian family in southern Italy. He migrated to Canada at age 25, young and ambitious with an immense thirst for life. He returned to Italy to marry the true love of his life, Maria. Together they had 5 children, 5 daughters-in-law/sons-in-law and 12 grandchildren. Vincenzo worked 2 sometimes 3 jobs in order to make a better life for his family. While maintaining a full time job with Atlas Steels, he still made time to build many homes, apartment buildings and become a land developer. Absolutely nothing in life meant more than the love for his family.

  • Gentle
  • Caring
  • Loving
My husband was the most caring gentlemen that ever existed. His blatant love of family gave him a gentle approachable persona. His garden represented life for him, always new, always fresh, and always caring.  In translation, “always new” meant the many new beginnings of life with so many children and grandchildren, “always fresh” meant that he treated everyday with a fresh start as life has just begun, “always caring” is the easiest, it simply meant his love was boundless and endless.  I thank God everyday for 55 years of marriage to this wonderful man.
How can I say a few words that do justice to all of the years of love and strength that Dad gave us? I hope that the real tribute to Dad will be the actions of our lives — that we are a testament to the love and lessons that he instilled in us all!
My father-in-law, Vince Fazzalari, passed away at 84 after his battle with cancer.  He was a great man who taught me a lot about life and I will miss him every day. He was one of those people that you meet in life that leaves a permanent, positive impression on you forever.  He loved his family above all other things in life. He lived his life as an example to others and now we must show that we learned all that he tried to teach us.  He believed that life should be lived simply.  That one should treat others the way you would like to be treated.  He loved good food, good wine and a good laugh.  He could tell stories like few people and I spent many hours with him listening and learning about his life as a young man growing up on the farm in southern Italy.  He could talk about gardening, the weather, sports, politics, religion, history, art, and everything else.  We never agreed about the Liberals or the Leafs but we never disagreed about anything else.  I respected him too much.  For all those who knew him they will know what we are all feeling now. He was a very rare person who was so generous to us all.  I feel privileged to be able to call him my father.
I will forever remember him for his broad, contagious smile and the love and care he exuded to everyone that visited. I mentioned to my dad last night that he was in the hospital and my dad said your dad is a very, very friendly, loving guy and he is very lucky to have such a great family. We may not have seen him often but we thought of him fondly. It is truly a great loss.

Nonno has the most genuine , honest heart of anyone I know.

I feel like he always had a vision of making the best life possible for his family and that’s what he has done!

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  1. Anna Balenovich December 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    When thinking of my Dad, I often go to the TrulyApart website to see photos of my Dad. Just seeing his face, puts a smile on mine and my day becomes that much better.

  2. Frank Fazzalari May 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    My Dad is truly my hero, I count my blessings that I got to also have him as my best friend.

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