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Date of Passing: Dec 31, 2018

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ALMA CERILLI (nee HOMER) On December 31, 2018, Alma Cerilli left us peacefully for her next destination - heaven! She is survived and lovingly remembered by the love of her life, and husband of 64 years, Al Cerilli, her seven kids, 12 precious grandchildren, four extra-precious great-grandchildren, plus family still in Toronto, Newfoundland, Alberta and BC. Her happiest day was Sunday when she could host family dinner for 30! Alma and Al did this every Sunday, knocking out walls in their home to accommodate everyone. It really was love at first sight when the charismatic Italian, Al Cerilli, met the gorgeous, fun-loving Newfoundlander, Alma Homer, in Toronto in 1954. They quickly married. Their love brought out the best in each of them and kept on growing, encompassing everyone who knew them. Though family was everything, there was always more than enough love to include anyone who wanted to be part of it. Alma's motto was, "There's always room for one more - at our table, in our home and in my heart". She was funny, fun loving, generous to a fault and her heart was made of gold - so open and full of love for family, friends, and anyone else she met during her day. Alma was also a woman of style, strength and confidence. She was a leader and trailblazer; with a career, her own car and driver of the family, a political and labour activist, a HUGE supporter of the NDP (she canvassed with Tommy Douglas whenever he campaigned in Manitoba). Alma was a LONG time member of the EK-Transcona Residents' Advisory Group. She led a full and busy life, but each year as winter approached she made time to crochet scarves for people who might need them. As a Cerilli family we are so sad to say goodbye to our matriarch, but we are so happy to look back on the wonderfully, incredible memories we share of her. Thank you Aunt/Nanny for being part of our lives. Cremation has already taken place; no formal service is planned at this time. In keeping with her own commitment to care about and support others, donations may be made in her honour to Rossbrook House at For condolences and to view this obituary go to

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 05, 2019

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Just learned of Alma’s passing and my heart is breaking. A more generous, warm, and compassionate friend and party activist can never be found. It grieves us all to know that the dynamic duo of Alma and Al has been broken apart and the sparkling smile of Alma gone forever. My heartfelt condolences to everyone in the Cerilli family. Please give Al a hug from me and let us know when the celebration of Alma’s life of goodness will take place. - Posted by: Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Friend) on: Jan 19, 2019

  • We were very sad to learn of Alma's passing. She was a pillar of strength to her family, friends and community. Also, she was a much-loved and deeply respected activist in the labour movement and the NDP. On a personal level, Alma was warm, caring, plain-spoken, passionate - and always fun. We will miss her. Our sincere condolences to Al and the entire family. Doreen Penneys and Eugene Szach - Posted by: Doreen Penneys and Eugene Szach (Friends) on: Jan 10, 2019

  • Dear Cerilli, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Alma. It was many years ago that we first met her, but she was unforgettable. She was so kind, so genuine and so easy to talk to. The obituary was wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady and a life well lived. Sincerely, Walter "Porky" and Linda Kachur - Posted by: Walter "Porky" and Linda Kachur (Acquaintance) on: Jan 08, 2019

  • We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of a wonderful woman. We always appreciated her outspoken honesty, and wry sense of humour. Anyone could depend on her down-to-earth view of life and her personal commitment to the principals of the CCF & NDP. PLease accept our sincere sympathy. Lorne & Judo - Posted by: Lorne & Judy Topolniski (Friends) on: Jan 06, 2019

  • My heartfelt condolences to Al and the Cerrilli family on Alma’s passing. - Posted by: Bromley Basford (Friend of Family) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • Our thoughts are with her and the family. - Posted by: Robert Fitzgerald (Friend of the family ) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • A very special person has left us. The memories will be treasured forever. Love Vince and Mary - Posted by: Vince and Mary Facchini (brother and sister) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • I was her nurse for a few years at the Concordia Oncology Clinic when she came in for treatment. I always enjoyed our time and we did have many laughs. My sympathies to all of you. - Posted by: valerie wiebe (her friend and nurse) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Alma's passing. I grew up calling her Aunt and still did even as an adult. I have many good memories of growing up beside Uncle Al and Aunt Alma... sneaking me ice cream cones over the fence, bringing leftover cake after their big Sunday gatherings, inviting me to come and swing with one of their grandkids, saying hi to Buddy every day and them always ready to take a photo during special occasions. As an adult I made sure to stop by and trick or treat with my own kids who they would stop and take pictures of. Aunt Alma always told me she loved me. Who has a neighbour like that? What a gift they both were in my life. My family and I missed seeing them both this Halloween and meant to find out where I could visit them. I regret not doing this. I send my sympathy to the whole family, especially Uncle Al. She was a lovely lady and I am glad I knew her!!! - Posted by: Deanne Balkissoon/Gilmour (neighbour) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • It is impossible to find words to adequately express our profound sadness at learning of Alma's passing. So many stories, so many laughs, such wonderful memories of a kind, inclusive, caring woman. Vic and I, Andrea and Ainslie extend our love and condolences to all. - Posted by: Leona Schroeder (neighbour, friend) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • I was fortunate to be on the receiving end of Aunt Alma's generosity and spirit of inclusion. She was a true friend to those she met and always made sure everyone was included, in the discussion, in the meal, in the hilarity. She had a great sense of humour. Please know that I am thinking of you Unc, Joanne, Marianne and the rest of your family. This must be a difficult time but the love of friends can help you through. Our community is certainly lessened by Alma's passing but we are grateful for her contributions. - Posted by: Susan Hart-Kulbaba (friend) on: Jan 05, 2019

  • My condolences to Al and family. Alma was a wonderful, generous community member who contributed with devotion and good humour. She will be missed. - Posted by: Ron Bailey (Friend) on: Jan 05, 2019

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