Rino Nardi passed away on November 24, 2013. Beloved husband, devoted father and adoring Papa. He was born in Naples, Italy on August 30, 1941 to Ralph and Ida Nardi. He moved to the United States via Ellis Island with his parents at the age of 11. They spent the first few years in Connecticut, and then moved to South Florida when Rino was 14 years old, where he resided for the rest of his life. He attended North Miami Senior High where he met his school sweetheart and the love of his life, Tina. They were married in 1963, and were blessed to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year. He attended the University of Miami, after which, he joined the Air Force and served as an air traffic controller. He retired from the military, and returned home to work as an ad executive for the Miami Herald for over 18 years. It was during this time, he had son, Ralph, and daughter, Lisa. He then changed careers and worked in several family businesses, including wine retail and real estate, before moving into the car business where he worked for Warren Henry for over 10 years. He then went on to semi-retire and pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Italian sub shop in Davie. He was then blessed with three wonderful grandchildren. He was a loving, caring, and wonderful person, who touched many people's lives, and who lived life to the fullest. He found his greatest joy from time spent with his family. He died peacefully on November 24th surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife Tina, his devoted children, Ralph and Lisa, his loving daughter-in-law, Lisa, and his three grandchildren, Alexander, Sophia, and Lucas, whom he adored. A memorial mass will be held in his honor on Saturday December 14th at 1 p.m. at St Mark Catholic Church in Southwest Ranches, Florida, which will be followed by a Celebration of Life party at his son's home at 14301 West Palomino Drive in Southwest Ranches.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Dec. 12, 2013