Bruno Antonio Fabian closed his eyes for the final time on September 5, 2020 at the age of 87. He passed at home surrounded by the love of his family.
From birth, on November 10, 1933, in the northeast Italian town of Castelfranco Veneto to New South Wales, Australia and on to Western Canada, Bruno's life took him around the world collecting a loving family and passion for the outdoors along the way. It was in Southwest Australia in his twenties that Bruno found the partner, Maria, with whom he would share nearly 65 years of special moments, including his last.
Bruno and Maria were wed on September 10th, 1955. Over the coming years, four children would fill their home before they embarked on a new adventure in Vancouver in 1973. It is here where Bruno would fully embrace years of hunting, fishing and card games at the Italian Cultural Centre. This time was spent between the lower mainland and Okanagan, where he imparted his knowledge of dirt bikes, hunting, diesel trucks and ATVs to his grandchildren.
A man of great strength and charisma, Bruno was charming family and friends alike to his final days. With his passing we are left to remember a bit of wisdom he shared: too much of anything is no good, but plenty is alright. This quote represents his time on earth where he remained for long enough to get to know his great-grandchildren, and passing before they saw anything but the man he always was.
Bruno is survived by his wife, Maria (née Sartori); his daughters and sons-in-law, Carmen Alessio and Tom Cobden, Bruna and Peter Olivieri, Rosemary and Roberto Nichele; daughter-in-law, Cora; four grandsons and their wives; and eight great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Paul; son-in-law, Claudio Alessio; and great-grandson, Niccolò Olivieri.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruno's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ca or the BC Lung Association www.bc.lung.ca.
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