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STANISLAO   SPINA  Obituary pic


Born: Nov 23, 1943

Date of Passing: Feb 09, 2016

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STANISLAO (STANO) SPINA It is with great sadness the family of Stano Spina announce his passing on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the St. Boniface Hospital after a long, hard fought battle with liver disease. He leaves to mourn his passing, wife Linda; son Giovanni (Bryanna) and their three children Ilia, Mauro and Lissandro; daughter Luisa (Martin) and their two children Katie and Dylan; step-daughter Kate (Greg), stepsons; Philip (Vicki) their two children Tristan and Kaleb; Matthew and his children Jesse and Dylan; his brother Vince (Rose), and their children Luisa and John. Stano was predeceased by his mother Luisa and father Giovanni. Stano was born in Southern Italy in the province of Cosenza on November 23, 1943. In 1960, along with his parents and brother they immigrated to Canada and landed in Winnipeg where he already had some family. For the past fifty years he owned and operated Stano's Coiffures. Stano had a deep love for Opera and had been involved with the Manitoba Opera since 1972, serving in many capacities. He has appeared on stage in over 55 operas, served on the Board of Directors, served on the guild as President for two years and was a member of the auxiliary. He has also chaired many fundraisers for them. Stano had been a very active member with the Khartum Shrine, having received his twenty-five year pin in November of 2010. He had dual membership in Vintage Cars, where he drove a 1970 Spyder convertible, and the Pipes and Drums where he played tenor drums. He served as president of Vintage Cars in 2000-2001 and also as their Treasurer. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Patron of Queen Winnipeg Chapter No. 1 five times. He was given the honour of serving as Grand Marshall for the Grand Chapter of Manitoba, has served on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Star Chalet and was appointed Grand Representative to the State of Washington. He was recently given the honor of being appointed The Grand Representative to the Grand Chapter of Italy in Manitoba. He was looking forward to going to Italy in the spring to attend the Grand Chapter of Italy. He has written, produced and directed many plays as fundraisers. Stano Spina was initiated into Fort Garry Lodge No. 130 in 1982 and served as their Worshipful Master in 1990. He served as DDGM of the Twelfth Masonic District in 2000-2001. He was a member of Keystone Lodge No. 185, he also served on the Board of Directors of the MMT Inc. for many years. Stano was elected to the Board of General Purposes and served there for nine years before beginning his journey to the Grand East. He is a member of the Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba and the Preceptory. He was a proud member of Tongue River Lodge in Cavalier, North Dakota. The family extends a special thanks to the staff at St.Boniface Hospital, especially Dr. Clifford Yaffe, who's wonderful care extended Stano's life by a few more months. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Stano's life will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Masonic Memorial Centre, 420 Corydon Ave. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Stano may be made to the Masonic Foundation of Manitoba care of 420 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0N8 or the Canadian Liver Foundation Manitoba Chapter at 375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J3. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 13, 2016

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I would like to extend my condolences to Linda and family at this difficult time.For the past 10 or more years, I had the pleasure of conveying family members (Mavis Turner (d.April 9,2016) and Linda Liberta) to Stanos for hair washing, styling and great conversation. Reading this obituary, it shocks me as to how much I didn't know about Stano - opera for one and play creator and director for another. Stano was probably the wisest person I have talked to and I marveled at his energy and gentile manner regardless of what situations presented themselves to him. I wish I had known of his passing and attended the funeral. Stano will always be in my heart as a kind, generous, wise human being, and a great coiffurist. - Posted by: Trish Rawsthorne (long time transporter of family members for hair styling) on: Apr 22, 2016

  • Dear Giovanni, Bryanna and family. Condolences and deepest sympathy for your family's loss. - Posted by: Lisandro Pradel () on: Feb 18, 2016

  • Our deepest condolences to the Spina family. We had the honor of meeting Sr. Spina last year at the Grand Lodge annual dinner. Le Ragazze Italiane, a local Italian folk dance group performed at the dinner. Sr. Spina was so happy to have his cultural heritage represented, his kindness and warmth towards us all made us feel like family. In our one meeting, I could tell that he had great energy, great love and a passion for life. May memories of him help you in this time of great loss. - Posted by: Rosy Infantino (Acquaintance) on: Feb 17, 2016

  • To Giovanni, Bryanna and family, our most sincere condolences for your loss. May happy memories ease your pain and help you through this difficult time. From all the staff at Dante - Posted by: Staff at Dante Day Nursery (Acquantance) on: Feb 17, 2016

  • RIP Dear Stano, you will be truly missed by Khartum Pipes and Drums, you were one of a kind, the world lost a great man! - Posted by: Fred and Penny Dodd (friend and band member) on: Feb 16, 2016

  • Deepest condolences and prayers for Stano's repose, and prayers of comfort for cousin Linda and family! I know that Stano will be very much missed by everyone who knew him. Dad and Mom were very blessed to have been included by Linda and Stano at their home, for so many family celebrations. I loved talking with Stano about everything, often in Italian, and sharing stories about Italy. Two years ago, I was invited to visit the Province of Cosenza in Calabria, only now discovering that it was his homeland. I am sorry to have missed the opportunity to have shared impressions on it with him. Pace alla anima Tua, amico mio! Che il Padreterno ti accogla nel seno d'Abramo! RIP + - Posted by: Father Athanasius McVay (friend, widow's cousin) on: Feb 15, 2016

  • Our deepest sympathies for your family's loss. All of the Brethren of Keystone will miss MW Bro Stano, especially the color and humour that were his personal hallmarks. A tireless campaigner for the craft has gone on the Grand Lodge Above. God Bless our Bro Stano. - Posted by: Jim Devlin (Masonic Bro.) on: Feb 15, 2016

  • Dearest Linda, i was shocked to hear of Stano"s passing. i am heartbroken myself, and especially for has been a while since i have seen you both, because of personal problems.i have always been thinking of you and Stano. I did not know of his sickness. i am devastated. my heart goes out to you and the rest of the and Stano were wonderful, supportive friends to me. I love you both. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I will see you on tuesday. at the prayers. all my love, Lisa Cohen and family. - Posted by: lisa cohen (friend) on: Feb 14, 2016

  • My sincere sympathy, Lindaa to you and all the family. May you have fond memories of your beloved Stano. He was always the life of the party. - Posted by: Marian Bulloch (Eastern Star sister) on: Feb 13, 2016

  • Stano was a sincere friend and he enlightened every ones day with his presence. His positive attitude and "let's get done" encouraged many close to him. Stano, you will be missed by all. Gary and Kathy McNaughton - Posted by: Gary and Kathy McNaughton (Family friends) on: Feb 13, 2016

  • Dear Giovanni, Bryanna and family, my most sincere condolences to all of you. May fond memories of your dear father, father-in-law and grandfather ease the pain of his loss. You are in my thoughts and payers. (Ana from Dante Day Nursery) - Posted by: Ana Maria Nevieri (Acquaintance) on: Feb 13, 2016

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Stan will be sadly missed in the Masonic family. - Posted by: Bryan & Margo Bishop (Fraternal Friend) on: Feb 13, 2016

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