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GENNARO (JIMMY) ALTOMARE
Born: Feb 07, 1932
Date of Passing: Sep 03, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
GENNARO (JIMMY) ALTOMARE
Jimmy will be remembered by his wife of almost 58 years, Maria, along with his children, Nello (Barb), Teresa (Ken), and Vanda (Jason). His grandchildren, Sarah (Karl), Thomas, Kira and Aidan and also his three great-grandchildren, Caleb, Matteo and Sofia.
He also leaves a large extended family here, in Canada, and in Italy.
Dad came from a family of nine children of which he was the last surviving member. Uncle Jimmy was proud of his Italian heritage, was looked upon as the keeper of the family legacy.
Dad was born on February 7, 1932 in Cellara, Cosenza, Italy. He often spoke fondly of his childhood years growing up during the Depression and Second World War, on the family farm, the Giardino. At the young age of 18, he decided to leave Italy and join his family in Transcona at the Central Hotel. In 1962, he married our mum, Maria. They settled in Transcona to raise their family.
Jimmy was employed with Canadian National Railway in Transcona where he was a section man and retired after 39 years of service. While at work, he was well known for his "shack" where he often held court with his colleagues.
Jimmy loved gardening and growing his prized tomatoes. He and Maria had beautiful gardens that were often admired by their neighbours. Jimmy also loved getting together with family and friends to celebrate birthdays and holidays. While raising his family, during the summer, he would pack us up and we would go to the beach. He loved playing bingo and cards with his brothers and their families.
As a family man, dad was immensely proud and supportive of his children. He extended this same love and devotion to his daughter and sons-in-law. He absolutely cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, revelling in their company. Much to the chagrin of his wife Maria he loved playing his accordion whenever we were together, which was often!
This past month saw our dad face significant health challenges. We would like to acknowledge and thank the medical staff at St. Boniface and Seven Oaks Hospitals and particularly the very caring staff at Riverview Health Centre.
There will be a private family service to honour our dad.
If friends so desire, please consider making a donation to CancerCare Manitoba or Riverview Health Centre.
Nothing beats the love of a caring Father and Nonno
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 05, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
My sincerest condolences to the family, I worked with Jimmy in 80' + 81' im Transcona with CN. One of nicest people I've ever met. - Posted by: Tracy Gosselin (Friend) on: Dec 24, 2020
Teresa & family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He will remain near & dear in your hearts forever. - Posted by: Marlene Thorne (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2020
So sorry for your loss. A wonderful, caring person. - Posted by: Linda Altomare (Niece in law) on: Sep 06, 2020
Our condolences to Maria and the kids. I have fond memories of playing with the kids while living with my grandparents Charlie and Mildred Garner. Plus enjoying treats that Jimmy and Maria made. - Posted by: Tracey Garner (Old Neighbor ) on: Sep 05, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Teresa spoke fondly at work about her family. May your memories help deal with this incredible loss. - Posted by: Christine McLennan (Friend ) on: Sep 05, 2020
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