Innocenzo "Aldo" POTENZA
1936 - 2021
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After 11 years of the decline of his brilliant mind into dementia, and five years in long term care, Innocenzo "Aldo" Potenza has passed away at age 84 from Covid-19. Italian born in 1936, Aldo amazingly survived his traumatic childhood during WWII. Having lost his father to tuberculosis in 1942, the Catholic Diocese then took him from his mother and placed him in a Catholic orphanage. When she remarried in 1944, the church returned him to Florence to live with her, his sister and new step-father. Once the Western Allies had taken over Sicily in 1943, life essentials were more abundant there than on the impoverished mainland. Therefore, at war's end, Aldo was sent for 18 months to live in Palermo with his grandmother and attend public school, where he quickly picked up the Sicilian dialect. At 16 he refused further education in order to help with the financial needs of his parents and siblings by learning the restaurant skills of service and cuisine, finally owning and operating three restaurants. He served his country in the Italian Marines, where he was taught plumbing and electrical installations, giving him extra means for income over the years. Aldo spoke five fluent languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, finally learning English in 1986 after meeting his Canadian wife, Carol Baggott-Forte. His hobbies in skiing, bocce ball, swimming, language studies and other life pursuits were rewarding for him and helpful to others. Aldo's humour, kindness, intelligence, assertiveness and affectionate nature will always be missed by his wife, Carol, his sister-in-law, Sherry, Carol's cousins (the Baggotts, Pughs, Christensens and Vails), as well as his surviving sister, Sandra Buscioni, nieces: Elena and Anna Calamandrei, his brother, Piero, nephew, Christiano Buscioni, the Panzicas and multiple friends in several countries. In Aldo's memory, please consider donating to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street and Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at

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February 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I knew Aldo through Lawn bowling and he was always the gentleman. Always smiling. We organised a barbeque together along with Ivan Eaton, he was in the first stages of dementia and we wondered if he would cope. He came through and as always we all enjoyed the marvelous food he prepared. RIP
Brenda Cooper
February 26, 2021
Dearest, Carol. Kathleen and I send our deepest sympathies and condolences. May all you happiest memories and your devoted love for each other sustain you through this mournful time.
Barry Burns
February 26, 2021
He was a lovely man & friend he will be missed love Sherry
sherry Nasmith-Jones
February 26, 2021

We are deeply saddened to have read about Aldo's death. He suffered from Dementia and you cared for him.Such a horrible disease. We have so many loved one with this disease. Frank loved their conversations during my lessons.Such a lovely man May he rest in Peace
Josie and Frank
February 24, 2021
Carol and family, so sorry for your loss, we will miss Aldo at Millennium trail manor. He was a gentleman with a beautiful smile and a lovely singing voice, every time I hear Sinatra I will think of you Aldo. God bless you.
Alyson Little
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