Sergio Ricci

Sergio Ricci

Saturday, January 1st, 1938 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our Husband, Babbo, and Nonno, Brother, Zio, Compare Sergio Ricci. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday June 1, 2020. In 1957,with $25 in his pocket, Sergio Ricci began his journey to Canada, arriving in Fort William later known as Thunder Bay. He met the love of his life, Irma, at a little cafe on Simpson Street and four months later they were married. Sergio was always a dedicated handy man, who worked hard as a carpenter throughout his life until his retirement from the Great Lakes Papermill. He would spend his spare time with close family and friends working on side projects building homes, making homemade wine, prosciutto, sausages and anything they needed help with. Constructing his home on Rosslyn Road with his late brother Ilio was always one of his proudest accomplishments. Sergio found great joy in his work with his huge gardens and little farm with many different animals. The pride Sergio had in his own hard work, was always doubled when speaking about his wife and her accomplishments as a dedicated mother, business woman and owner of Irma’s Bridal Boutique. Family, food and lots of laughs could always be seen around Sergio. From his home on Brown Street, he worked to create a loving space for his friends and family to gather together and enjoy a home cooked meal, music and a “few” glasses of his homemade vino. There were many big events that were important to Sergio to celebrate; New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Castagne e Vino in honour of the end of the harvest and every Sunday for dinner with the whole family. Left to live these legacies are his beloved wife of 61 years, Irma, their three children Giuseppina (Jim), Mario, Gabriele (Debbie), and daughter-in-law Laura Lee. As well as 8 grandchildren: Vanessa [Stephen], André [Megan], Martina, Lucas [Jess], Marcus, David, Gyllean and Lynzie. Many of Sergio’s family members are in Italy: his late brother Ilio (Margherita), his sister Zaira (Alfredo) and nephews Vasco (Lucia), Luigi (Marzia) and Nico. As well as many more cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and Godchildren in Canada and Italy. All of us as a family will continue to raise a glass and celebrate Sunday dinners in his memory. “Basta pieno. Come again. Don’t forget.” A private funeral with immediate family members will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. P.M. Stilla V.G. officiating. Should friends desire to watch the service online they can go to Sergio’s page on the Sargent & Son Website at 11:00 am on Friday, June 5, 2020 and click on the web-casting play button below the obituary. In his honour donations may be made to Special Olympics Thunder Bay Chapter , Thunder Bay Therapeutic Riding Association and Autism Ontario Thunder Bay Chapter. Online condolences may be made at
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    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
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Marija Rucchin

Posted at 11:24am
My deepest sympathy to you Irma, Josy and all your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this your most difficult time.
They say that when the heart grieves over what it has lost, it's the spirit that cherishes all the memories it has kept.
May those precious memories bring you comfort in the days to come.

Marija Rucchin

Rita Romeo

Posted at 07:54am
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Sergio. Treasure the wonderful memories you shared and may he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences Tony & Rita Romeo & Family

Linda Gallo

Posted at 09:11pm
Dear Irma, Josy and families, heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, father & Nonno.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time in your lives, may your treasured memories live in your hearts forever. Mimmo & Linda Gallo

Bruno Zaffino

Posted at 11:51am
Dear Irma and Family,

Our deepest condolences. I’ll always remember Compare’s smile, his kindness and his love for life (and the twinkle in his eye). Sending lots of hugs and thinking of you all.

Dolores and Ray Mayer

Bruno Zaffino

Posted at 11:47am
Dear Irma and Family,

Our deepest condolences, we will miss Sergio with all our hearts. We're thankful for all the years and happy memories of us together that we will cherish. It was an honour to call you friend and compare. Thinking and praying for you Irma. We’re sending hugs from afar.

Love Bruno and Maria Zaffino

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