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Born: January 6th, 1930

Passed on: February 7th, 2013

Born January 6, 1930 (Nogare-Crocetta del Montello, Treviso, Italy).

On February 7, 2013, surrounded by his family, Aurelio Cinel peacefully ended a life well lived.

Aurelio is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Franca, his daughter Daniela (John) O'Fee, his son Giovanni (Cynthia Strong) and his two loving grandsons, Lucas and Colin. He will be sadly missed by his brother Ivo (Bianca) and family. Also left to cherish his memory are the Mazzotta, Porco, and Palermo families of Kamloops, the Sartori family of Burnaby and his closest cousin Angelo Gasparetto of Ottawa.

Predeceased by his brother Emilio and sister Rina, he leaves many relatives in Italy to mourn his passing including his sister Agnese.

Aurelio grew up under the shadow of the Second World War as the third of five children in a hardworking and self-reliant family. As a boy of 12, he began his training in a factory as a shoemaker. In 1954, he left Italy to set down roots in a new country and pursue a job with the CNR. Five years later, he and his brother Ivo established a new business that would apply his craftsman's skills as a shoemaker. He took special interest in the unique footwear challenges of the physically handicapped and applied his keen mind to designing and building shoes to fit their individual needs.

For over 43 years, Centre Shoe Renu was a downtown fixture where he would enjoy the company of many friends and customers before retiring at the age of 72.

When not at the shop, Aurelio was busy growing a beautiful garden, making quality wine, enjoying bocce with his friends at Paul Lake or walking and cycling down by the river. He will be remembered for his strong tenor voice, his ease on the dance floor and his warm sense of humour.

Aurelio had the heart of an artist and the mind of an engineer. From the handmade fountains in his garden to the ingenious solutions he found to any construction problem, he was a man who could build or fix nearly anything.

On a warm summer evening his back deck would be a place where friends and family would gather over a fine glass of his wine and enjoy the simple pleasures of friendship celebrated in the setting of a well tended garden. Many a small child has held his hand in wonder and delight as he showed them his thriving vegetables and blooming flowers. These are the moments we will all miss the most.

At the onset of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Aurelio applied the same determination he put towards every challenge he faced. Always thinking ahead, he personally installed handles and mobility aids throughout the house and even crafted his own special cutlery that he knew he would need in time.

Our family shares his thanks to Dr. Jill Calder and the team of nurses and therapists who enabled him to stay in the home he built until his final day.

Father Peter Nguyen will celebrate a Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (635 Tranquille Road).

In lieu of flowers, please remember Aurelio by making a donation to the ALS Society of BC, the charity of your choice, or just spend some time in a garden with your children or grandchildren. Aurelio would like that.

Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service.

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