Giorgio Piotto

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Giorgio L. Piotto
1937 - 2013
Our husband, our father, our grandpa, our friend, our rock, has mercifully passed over to be with God for eternity. Giorgio Lino Piotto was born November 22 1937 in Nervesa
della Battaglia, province of Treviso, Italy. He died peacefully and with family by his side the morning of February 26th. In 1956, like so many hopeful immigrants, he took a leap of faith that landed him at Pier 21 in Halifax NS. Giorgio found his way west to Calgary, where he met and married the late Helena Boechler. Their daughter Lorelei was born in 1962. In 1972, Giorgio left Calgary for Saskatoon, a city he called home for the next 41 years. Somehow, a man who had trained at his father's side in Italy as a blacksmith and welder found himself in the hospitality world for the majority of his career. It was a world that he would fully embrace and enjoy tremendous success in. Giorgio was Manager of The Embers Night Club from 1972 – 1978. He went on to become General Manager of the Saskatoon Travelodge in 1978, and retired as Managing Director in 2001. Never content to be idle, Giorgio joined the sales team at Ens Lexus Toyota as a part-time sales associate in 2003 – a job he enjoyed very much as it brought him in contact with many people. Respected, admired and warm of heart, people loved to be around him. Giorgio was a pillar of the community, lending his time and expertise to many causes including the Rotary Club, Mendel Art Gallery Board, the Saskatoon Italian Club, and the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation. Giorgio relished his time as a member of the Riverside Golf Club, and was looking forward to his 40th year on his favorite golf course. A man of great faith, he was a devoted member of St. Anne's parish, and earned the title of 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus. But by far it was his family that brought him his greatest joy. Giorgio married the love of his life, Arlene Lowes, in 1976 and their son Dario was born in1978. In 2010, little Dante came into the world and lit up his Grandpa's life. Giorgio always had a sparkle in his eye, but never so much as when he was with his family. A gentle, positive and noble man, Giorgio was also a lifelong learner and a captivating storyteller. He had great presence, and was admired by many, especially his son and daughter, who looked up to him and to whom he will always be a hero. Giorgio is survived by his heartbroken family, wife and sweetheart Arlene, his daughter Lorelei (Jamie), his son Dario (Kimberley) and his grandson Dante. He will be deeply missed by his sister-in-law Sharon, and brothers-in-law Don and Bob, as well as his niece Tenielle, and his nephews Jeff and Brian. He will also be profoundly missed by his family in Italy, brother Gianni, his sisters Carla and Libra, his sister-in-law Patrizia, and his many nieces, nephews, and cousins. If we could write a story of kindness, courage and valor, the hero would be you. A branch of our family tree is broken, but the branch will take root in the kingdom of God, and peace will be forever. Con tutto il noi amore. A Vigil of Prayer will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013. Both services will be at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Parish, 217 Lenore Dr. Saskatoon. Rite of Committal will take place in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Broderick, SK. Special thanks to Dr. C. Enweani, Dr. D. Bigsby, Dr. L. Gardiner, Dr. J. Shaw and the wonderful caregivers on Unit 5000 at RUH for their compassionate and professional care. In lieu of lowers, donations to the RUH or St. Paul's Hospital Foundations, or the Saskatoon Cancer Centre would be gratefully appreciated. Condolences may be emailed to Arrangements are entrusted tot eh SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME, 244-5577.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2013
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