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Al Torresan

January 1, 1934 - April 9, 2018


On Monday April 9, 2018, Mr. Alessio Dominic Torresan of Oliver, BC passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, at the age of 84 years. He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers.

Al is survived by his loving wife Maria, their children Toni (Brent), Christina (Richard), Laura, Bobby (Shelly), Shane, Sandra, and Linda (Todd); his grandchildren Matthew, Anthony, Taylor (Blair), Maklaine (Nate), Blane, Celeste, Blaire, and Corbyn; his brother Dominic (Louisa) and sister Alda (Gabriele), and his loving nieces and nephews.

Al made his way to Canada at a young age from the Veneto region of Italy. He came with nothing in his pockets but hopes and dreams for a better life.

Al was a determined, hardworking owner of Torresan Plumbing and Heating until he and Maria decided to fulfill their dreams in the Okanagan, where they enjoyed their life together on their vineyard. He was very proud that some of his grapes were used to make award-winning wines and humbled to have a wine named after him.

Al had many hobbies and interests that he was very passionate about. Besides wine-making, he loved birds, fishing, animals, and his beloved football team, Juventus. He enjoyed hanging out with his Oliver buddies, meeting for coffee, fishing trips, curling, and simply socializing.

Prayers will be held at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Burnaby, BC on Wednesday April 18 at 6:30 p.m. A funeral mass was previously held on Saturday April 14 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Oliver, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the |BC SPCA ( or 1-800-665-1868) or the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon ( or 1-888-939-3333) would be gratefully appreciated.

“It is so hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.”

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Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Paul Busnardo
Relation: Family friend

With great sadness to hear of the passing of such a wonderful friend to our family for so many years. Wonderful memories for me, and a lifetime of memories for my father. Al and my father knew each other since their youth in Italy, then built their businesses and families at the same time in Vancouver. Al was then my neighbour in Burnaby before he left for Oliver to be my father’s neighbour. He was always willing to help, and was always a good friend to the family.
My father spoke with Al recently, and I knew from his comments how sad he was to realize that one of his oldest friends was close to departing.
On behalf of the Busnardo family, my sincere condolences on the loss of a great man.

From: beverley Kinrade
Relation: Friends

Dear Maria ,we are deeply sadness by the passing of Al ,he was such a wonderful and kind man. Everytime we saw you both I was excited to spend time with both of you, Al was unique and always had a sparkle in his eye ! he always made me feel special ,because that was the kind of guy he was,he will be so missed ! Rest in Peace Al love Lanny and Bev Kinrade…

From: Jean Fornari O'Fallon and Chuck
Relation: Friend through Penticton Italian Club

Dear Maria and family – so sorry to hear about Alessio’s passing – he had suffered enough with his cancer and is now pain-free and smiling down at all of you. I enjoyed talking with him – first person outside of my family that was born in Liedelo, same as my father and 2 brothers. Take care of one another and we will see you on Saturday.

From: Veronica Hanegraaf
Relation: My friend's father.

Sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy sent to your family for your loss.

From: Veronica Hanegraaf
Relation: My friend's father.

Sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy sent to your family for your loss.

From: Carla Busnardo
Relation: Daughter of Alessio's very good friend, Giuseppe

Maria & Famiglia ~ I’m so, so sorry for your loss. 🙁
Whenever I heard Al’s laugh it made me laugh too. Big, Bold and Beautiful, just like Al’s personality.
Even better was hearing my father and Al laughing together. No matter what was at issue, they were always able to find the blessing of laughter.

From: Dario & Debbie Cescon
Relation: family friend

Dear Maria, Dominic, and families. After Mom’s passing I didn’t keep up on Alessio’s cancer treatments and progress. We are so sorry for your loss. We will fondly remember Alessio forever as having a zest for life, a sparkle in his eye and a work ethic like no other. Our sincerest condolences. xx

From: Olga Faedo and family.

To all our oldest and dearest family friends. Toni, Christina, Laura and Bobby.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We wish you love and strength to get you you through. Hold on to your fondest memories; they will help you when you need them most. With love from all the Faedo’s ❤❤❤

From: Joyce Marriott
Relation: friends

Sincere condolences to you Maria and your family. We will be thinking of you. It has always been a pleasure to spend time with you and Al. We will miss his vivacious personality. Rest in peace. Joyce and Waldo Walters.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Mass

Date & Time:
April 14, 2018
Beginning at 11:00am

Christ the King Catholic Church
6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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