In Loving Memory of Antonio Benar
February 2, 1931- November 24, 2013
Antonio will be remembered by this family as a warm and gentle man. Always happy to share a laugh and spend time with those he cared about. His brothers and sisters will be honoring his memory together through the sharing of stories. He came to Canada in 1957 and learned to love it quickly.
He still talked fondly of his home back in Italy and helped Port Alberni to experience some of the culture from Italy.
He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Tony was born on February 2, 1931 and raised in Italy. He had three brothers and four sisters. He quit school at the age of nine and went to work for a barber shop by the age of ten. He had many fond memories of his days as a barber and worked there for the next ten years. Tony moved to Canada in April1957 at the age of 25. He settled in Port Alberni as he had a friend from Italy already living here. His brother and wife came to Canada eight years later. Tony and his friends would help one another with building their homes. After living in town Tony decided to move out to the country forty years ago. He bought a 35 acre farm where he raised a few cows, chickens and owned three dogs. He had fifty apple trees and many grape vines that he used to make his own wine. He laughed and stated he only ever drank his own wine. Tony worked for forty years at the APD. He belonged to The Italian Club where he did many hours of volunteering. He loved dancing, carpentry, gardening, wine making and watching sports on TV. Tony loved to fish and hunt. His brother and he would go trout fishing every weekend, get up at four and would fish all day. Tony also travelled many times to Alberta and up to Northern B.C. for his annual hunting trips.
Saturday December 14, 2013 at 11:00 am
Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church
There will be lunch provided downstairs after the memorial service.