A Special Friend CAVALIERE LUIGI GAMBIN Cavaliere Luigi Gambin, a much loved and respected friend has gone to his rest. Born in Codroipo, Italy on July 31, 1946 to the late Leonardo Gambin and the late Angelica Seravalle. Luigi leaves behind his wife, Sergina and his sons Leonardo and Lawrence. Predeceased by his brother Luigi and his sister Maria (Decimo), he will be sadly missed by his sister Gina (late Francesco) and brother Luciano, both of Italy, brother-in-law Anthony (Sandra) and mother-in-law, Livia (late Andrea) Flumian. Luigi is well loved and fondly referred to as 'Barbe' by his nieces and nephews Mario (Grazia), Nella (Luigino), Leila (Aurelio), Peter, Elci (Silvana), Verna (Anthony), Rudy (Angela), Diego (Loretta), Daniela, Silvana (Andrea), Marc Anthony and Michael Joseph and his many grand-nephews and nieces. A big man, tall in stature, with kind and gentle ways, it was his can-do attitude and infectious charisma that enabled him to play influential roles that lead to his many successes, both personally as well as professionally. With exceptional commitment to his community and much admired by his countless peers and contemporaries, Luigi always remained true to his humble roots and a genuine friend to all people. Deeply admired, he was looked upon with esteem for his fairness, forthright approach and empathy for all. The much loved President, since 1999 and friend of the Famee Furlane Toronto, a social based association with over 77 years of roots in the community, died on October 26, 2010 after a courageous struggle with cancer. Luigi was an individual of distinction and character, as evidenced by his numerous recognition awards including recipient of L'Ordine al Merito, Aquila Diamante and 'Cavaliere Della Republica' of Italy. He was a longtime member and President of his much loved Coro Santa Cecilia and a founding member of Opera York, a charity supporting cultural development in the community. As member of the Board of Directors of Fogolars Federation of Canada, he has often been referred to as 'a pillar' of the Friulan Community. Luigi also had the honour of being a Nobile Del Ducato Dei Vini Friulani, member of Sezione Alpine di Toronto and has also been involved in a number of worthwhile causes, chairing many committees, including fundraising events for Pier 21 and I.C. Savings Festa in Piazza, to name but two. As President and committed volunteer to his beloved Famee Furlane Toronto, he was also active in a number of capacities within the Friuli Campus including The Friuli Benevolent Corporation and Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity. However his most enduring legacy is that of benefactor of Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity, a 168 bed long term care residence. A driving force with the charity since its inception, Luigi, along with wife and partner Sergina, became principal benefactors, through their generous gift, naming the facility Villa Leonardo Gambin, after his late father. Always the entrepreneur, he established Gambin Electric Co Ltd. in the 1970s and later became one of two principaIs of Di Battista-Gambin Development Limited, a highly successful land development company. A man of strong convictions, a generous soul and forgiving spirit, he made friends easily, exhibiting understanding and compassion. He lived by the philosophy 'lead by example' and could always be counted on to provide wise, honest, generous and discerning counsel, generously sprinkled with his signature wit and sense of humour. With a passion for adventure, Luigi organized and led groups on travels throughout Canada, the United States, Italy, Europe and most recently The Baltics and Russia. A voracious reader, particularly of history; a gourmet cook, lover of classical music and connoisseur of opera, Luigi was also passionate about nature and the great outdoors. Family and friends are invited to visit at the Scott Funeral Home 7776 Kipling Ave. (just north of Hwy. 7), Woodbridge, 905-851-2229, on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 150 Saint Francis Avenue, Woodbridge on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery. Donations in Luigi's memory may be made to Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity or Humber River Regional Oncology Unit in recognition of the care, compassion and support provided. The family also encourages blood donations to Canadian Blood Services whenever possible. 'Par segnâl, une crosute, jè scolpide lì tal cret; fra che' stelis 'nàs l'erbute, sot di lor jo d'ar cujet.' Mandi Gigi....
Scott Funeral Homes - Woodbridge
7776 Kipling Ave
Woodbridge, ON L4L 1Z2
Published in the Toronto Star from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2010