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SERPENTINI, Enzo Vincenzo

August 8, 1956 – January 26, 2013

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

Born in Teramo, Italy, Enzo immigrated to Canada in 1967. He was known for his love of fly fishing, golf, baseball, woodworking, auctions and entertaining. Enzo loved to entertain with his cooking and his off-beat sense of humour. He spent his life gathering many, many friends. He dedicated thirty years of his life to the career he loved at Evans Consoles.

Enzo is survived by Brenda, his devoted wife of nineteen years; and his beautiful and adored children, Lia and Gino. Enzo is also survived by his sisters, Miriam (Kevin) and Toni (Terry); his brother Max; and his extended Dean and Iervella families; along with all his nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and his godchildren, all of whom were very special to him.

Enzo was predeceased by his parents Ottorino and Lidia; and Zia Maria Benincasa.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222, www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. The Serpentini family would like to express their sincerest thanks to Units 46 and 47 of the Foothills Medical Centre for their compassionate care and to Dr. John McSorley who went above and beyond his call of duty. Also a big thank you to the entire team of Palliative Home Care whose assistance was greatly appreciated, during his brief illness.

In living memory of Enzo Serpentini, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. I had the pleasure of knowing Enzo for 13 years as a favourite customer while I was in sales at B & E and Graybar. We talked of his love of fishing and travel. I will always remember his smile and easy going way about him. I pass my sincere condolensces to his family and pray for God’s peace on them.

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  2. Joseph Arcuri :

    Brenda, Lia and Gino, please accept our most sincere condolences during this very difficult time. He definitelly left behind a lot of love that no one will ever steal. Cathy and I were very fortunate to see him again before Christmas. He greeted us with a smile as only Enzo could do. Rest in peace my friend.

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  3. It’s the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you’ll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. May the love of the people around you help you through your pain. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Enzo’s family at this time. Rest In Peace Enzo, they don’t make ’em like you anymore.

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  4. Remembering Enzo my dear paisan. I’ll never forget you Enzo. If there is one thing I regret is not having the chance to tell you that in person. You walked with me for 20 years and I wish I could’ve told you how much I appreciated your wisdom and your friendship. I’ll miss our ‘old school’ chats. I’ll miss your sarcasm and your words of encouragement. The thought of not hearing your voice and not getting your e-mail replies is at best unbearable. I’ll miss you paisan, may there be no tears in heaven.
    Istvan Szasz

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  5. Brenda, don’t know if you remember me.
    I’m Rob Bailey and back in the day I looked after the sheetmetal area at Evans. Both Donna and I understand what you and your family are going thru. Keep breathing, at some piont it will be easier. I have so many fond memories of Enzo.
    When I first started at Evans he warmly with a smile shook my hand and welcomed me aboard. Until I got to know him I was intimidated by him, mostly by his off beat humor. I was never sure if he was measuring me up to see how I would react.
    My memory of this incident may be a bit off but the out come I think typifies Enzo. We were producing what I believe was the first ever curved back panels with piston hardware. The sheetmetal team was involved with the hardware mounted to the back of these panels. Enzo and his team were mocking up the production prototypes. He told me to be at his bench at a specific time as we were going to review the protos with Ross. When I arrived Ross was already there looking at the results. Everyone was looking at the internal hardware and how it mounted and worked. Satisfied Ross moves to the exterior the panel. Almost in passing he is inspecting the out side finish not expecting to see any issues. To his shock he sees a screw protruding thru the P-lam. Ross looking at Enzo “WTF”. Enzo who was standing on the opposite side of the console. Concerned he quickly came around to see what Ross was lookng at. Enzo was shocked and comumicated as much. Then he and his team break out laughing, Ross looking confused why this was funny, was then informed that they had taken a wood screw removed the head and carefully glued it in place to look like someone had used a screw which was too long. I don’t know if this was all Enzo’s doing but he sold it. Also he proudly displayed this gag and shared with everyone that walked by is work bench.
    He was also the one who got me into good smelling colognes (actually I think Donna is thanking him as well). “Obsession” I will never forget. He convinced me that real men wore cologne. Once I was hooked we would share our “stinks” to compare. He always was a sincere listener, he would listen to my stories about Donna and the kids, and whenever he met Donna at an Evans functions he would talk with her about these stories and the boys and would seem just as keen to hear them again or the follow ups. Donna always thought he was a such a nice guy who made her feel at home at these large functions. I never saw him mad or overly stressed, if he ever was I never saw it.
    As time passed I did not see Enzo for a number of years, we bumped into each other while I was working with a company that Evans had approached to partner with on a project.
    As everyone filed in for the meeting Enzo and I see each other and immediatly greet/hug trying to catch up on many years of living and experiences not shared. What impressed me the most was the fact that he asked specifically and by name how Donna and my boys were doing.
    Brenda and family, Enzo is truely a one of a kind person. I am a better man because of the short time I knew him! This is truth. If nothing else I smell better because of him. We all have been blessed by him.

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  6. Jeff Boissonneault :

    What a good guy! I sat behind Enzo and his loving family at church for a good many years; his warmth and good nature were always welcomed. One of the quality people God put on the Earth, without a doubt.

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  7. Stu, Miriam, Kris and Kaelan Fraser :

    Dear Brenda, Lia and Gino, please accept our most heartfelt sincere condolences at this very sad time. You are wonderful neighbours and we can’t thank your family enough for the kindness you have shown and the time you have spent with our special son. Thank you so much Enzo, you are truly special. Rest in Peace.

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  8. Bradley and Karen Casey :

    Brenda, Lia, Gino and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and our hearts are with you during this difficult time.

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  9. Kay and Bill Kaine :

    Brenda, Brian and Sandy have given us the sad news and we send our sincere sympathy. We are praying that God`s caring, comforting presence will be with you during this difficult time.

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  10. With great sadness I pass sincere condolences to Brenda and her family. I am sorry that I was not able to be here in person. Enzo, I will miss you.

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  11. Geraldine Collins :

    No words will fill the empty space Enzo has left. With sincere condolences I wish all of Enzo’s family and friends find the joy he left in your heart and celebrate his life.

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  12. Violet & Neves Mendes :

    Brenda, Lia & Gino, Please accept our condolences during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Enzo was a great man and a wonderful friend.
    Violet & Neves Mendes

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  13. Anna & Anthony Chen :

    Our prayers are with you. We will surely miss Enzo. May he rest in peace.

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  14. My deepest heartfelt sorrow for the passing of Enzo. May he rest in peace in the arms of Jesus. Amen.

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  15. Brenda, Lia & Gino
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have many good memories of your precious family. Keep supporting each other and let friends and family help you.

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  16. Marietha Flores :

    Eternal rest granted unto you, Enzo. May the perpetual light shine upon you and may you rest in peace.

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  17. Jim (and Colleen) Troyer :

    Brenda, Lia & Gino,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Enzo several times through Stan and Wanda and very much enjoyed his engaging personality – I’m sure he will be missed by many.

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  18. Michelle and Tristan Spronken :

    Brenda, Lia, & Gino,

    We are very sorry to hear about your loss. I’ve only met Enzo once and have only talked to you through church but I always remember the kindness you have shown to us when I had my babies. I know you and your family will be going through a difficult and painful time for a while, and have been before his passing, but as I lost my Father through cancer as well the hurt will eventually be manageable. Our prayers are with you and your family and as well for Enzo. Rest in God’s peace Enzo.

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  19. The Williamsons :

    We were so shocked and saddened to receive this news while out of the country, and so sorry to miss the celebration of Enzo’s life. Our deepest condolences to Brenda, Lia and Gino with love from the Williamson family, Andy, Krystyna, Maryna and Evalina.

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  20. How does a heavy heart feel so empty! Like everyone who knew him, I feel very blessed to have known Enzo during his short life with us. Over the 40 plus years I have known Enzo, he was always more like family to me than a friend. Once again, Brenda, Lia, Gino and the rest of the Serpentini family, please accept my deepest and sincere condolences. The memories of Enzo will always be in my heart. Will miss you my dearest Enzo, always. Love You.
    “TIGHT LINES” my friend.
    RIP

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  21. Donna and Brian Bindon :

    Dear Wanda, Stan, Brenda, Gino, Lia and families,
    You may not remember us Brenda we are friends of Wanda and Stan and met you and Gino on a number of occasions through them. Brian and I have had you all in our hearts and prayers throughout this most difficult time and shall continue to do so. We know, as our own daughter passed many years ago, that the most difficult time is after everyone else goes home. Something re-assuring for me that I read is that your loved one can still feel your love after they are gone, so any love and prayers you send to them they will feel. What a wonderful idea to plant a tree at Big Hill Springs in Enzo’s memory!
    God bless, Donna & Brian Bindon

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