Mr. Ferdinando “Fred” De Amicis age 85 years, a resident of Thunder Bay, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2018 with his family by his side.
Fred was born in Castelli, Italy and immigrated to Canada with his parents and siblings in 1949, settling in the city of Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay. Fred had many talents. He was a well sought after mechanic in his early years. In the 50’s, he raced stock cars. One of Fred’s passions was cooking, often hosting family barbeques. Fred had an entrepreneurial spirit and was granted five patents related to automotive tools in the U.S. and Canada. He loved to ballroom dance, was the life of the party and often played practical jokes on people. In 1963, he moved with his family to Minneapolis. There he enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. In 1976, the family moved back to Thunder Bay and built a house with a hobby farm. He owned Central Pool Hall, a restaurant and worked at Bombardier.
Family meant everything to Fred. He was proud of his four sons and eight grandchildren and enjoyed getting together with family and friends. Fred was a member of the Italian Multicultural society.
Fred will be sadly missed by Waltraut “Wallee”, his wife of 60 years; sons Gino (Sherri), Rennie (Donna), Dean (Jessica), and Aldo (Chun-ting); grandchilden Tara, Tracy, Joshua, Nicole, Donald, Daniel, Desmond and Fendi. Also, several nephews, nieces, a sister-in-law, and friends.
Fred was predeceased by his parents Pietro and Lucia De Amicis (Di Giuseppe); sister Antonette, husband Peter De Prophetis; sister Gemma, husband Elmer Trakolo; brother Francis; brother-in-law Robert Di Giuseppe; brother-in-law Jerry Strauss; nephew Steven Trakolo and niece Karin Strauss.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, presided by Rev. Luigi Filippini of St. Anthony’s Church. Visitation will begin one hour prior, at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens will follow the service. As expressions of sympathy, should friends so desire, donations to Wesway or St. Anthony’s Church would be appreciated.