Vito Fantin

In Memorial

March 29, 1941 – February 9, 2011
Vito passed away peacefully February 9, 2011 at 69 years of age. Vito will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Ann, daughters Sarah (Dylan), Rachel (Rob), sons Steven, Richard (Sarah) and grandchildren Luke, Jackson and Ava. Viewing will be held from 7 – 8 pm on Tuesday, February 15 at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel, 11765 – 224 St, Maple Ridge. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, February 16 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 22587 – 121 Ave, Maple Ridge. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I love you more than words can begin to describe!

    You weren’t just my Zio, you were a second father to me. I could turn to you for advice at anytime and I knew that you were there with an ear to listen and words of truth.

    With your witty jokes and great chuckle for a laugh, you could put a smile on anyone’s face! Thank you for being such a wonderful person in my life. For listening to me. Joking with me. Always making me feel welcomed in your home and making me feel that I was always loved and cared for.

    I will never forget: “Show some rescpect, no respect, no respect.” “You know us old fossils, we just sit here all day.”

    I will miss you forever. I will think of you always. May you fly amogst the other angels and be with Nonni and my mom. Please watch down on us and keep us safe.

    Heaven needed another angel – and now they have one of the best!

    I love you Zio!

  2. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you at this time. Blessings
    Becki and Gerry Kozol, Kirsten Rodel

  3. Dear Fantin Family,

    We (the Bowden Family) were all stunned to hear about Vito’s death. He was a fine man, and all who met Vito are in mourning for him.

    I remember the last time I saw Vito. It was at the home of Sarah’s Zio and cousin Lisa. The decision was made to cancel the larger Fantin family lunch during the Italian celebration in the park because of the weather. Lisa, Sarah’s Zio, Sarah, Anne, Vito and myself enjoyed the food prepared for that day…and some excellent red wine.

    Vito was at the head of the table with his glass of wine telling jokes and giving us ‘young people’ words of wisdom. I remember thinking how great the day turned out. We sat, ate, laughed, rolled our eyes at some of Vito’s jokes, and listened to the family stories which gave me a sense of belonging.

    I always enjoyed my conversations with Vito, who was one of the select few who was allowed to call me “Sam”. Vito always asked how my parents were doing, and enjoyed talking about veggie gardens with me.

    I will continue to think with great affection and pleasure of the many sayings Vito had…as Lisa said, “old fossils”, and I hope your memories of him will be some comfort to you.



  4. Leslie & Larry Goldsby

    We were shocked to hear of Vito’s passing. Ann and all the family we are so sorry for your loss. Larry first met Vito at Finning when he started his apprentiship there and I was blessed to first meet him atop a D8 when I was dating Larry and stopped by to see where he worked. The standing joke from Vito was for me to watch what shoes I wore as he had lost the ends of a few toes from Larry. We were blessed to know him over 40 years. Many fond memories with Ann and Vito and blessed to watch and be a part of their family as the children grew up to fine adults. Vito was our middle son Daryl’s god father. We were blessed to know you Vito. Prayers and hugs are with you all during this trying time of loss. May beautiful memories fill you hearts. Leslie & Larry Goldsby Gods speed Vito

  5. I am so,so sorry for your loss.

    Vito had the ability to make me laugh out loud with his common sense comments and his grounded personality.

    He will be missed.

    I pray that God will comfort you at this difficult time.


  6. Ann and Family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Vito was a
    wonderful person and it was always a pleasure to do
    business with him at Finning. Every time I start the
    boat engine I will think of him.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Martin & Debby

  7. To Ann and Family,
    Wayne and I were shocked to hear of Vito’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    With Sympathy, Wayne and Laurene

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. We worked together at Power Systems for many years and Vito was just a pleasure to be with. He was a truly professional mechanic and was appreciated by all of his customers.

    He will be missed by many people

    Jock Allan

  9. What can I say about Vito. Well he was always so helpful to me. He was very much a respected and true friend to the Albion Ferry family. Everyone loved him, especially me. He would come strolling down the dock with his 350 pound toolboxes ready for whatevever it took and always just a little bit more. Vito will be sorrowfully missed. So sorry for your loss. Barry McMaster.

  10. We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Vito. He was such a wonderful person and always had a smile and a kind word to say about everyone. May you be comforted by your memories and know others are mourning with you. God bless you and give you peace. Our prayers are with you.
    With sympathy,
    Jim and Joan Kerr

  11. Dear Ann and Family,

    I am are so sorry for your loss. I remember Vito for his warm smile and friendly spirit. He always made me and my family feel welcome in his home.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With sympathy,
    Susan Szabo

  12. My sympathies to Vito’s family. I worked with Vito on Great Northern Way for a long time and enjoyed my short talks him when they occurred. Vito always seemed happy, friendly and everyone liked him. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

  13. I was on my way to work as my brother gave me the news. Man that was a shocker. I had to pull over and regroup. Another good person way too young taken from us.

    Zia, Sarah, Rachel, Steven, Richard and all the family members all our deepest thoughts are with you.

    Zio was a super uncle. He worked his whole life way too hard, (to the maximum) but still always had time for us. He was a honest, dependable, loving, hillarious uncle that enjoyed our family gatherings and the loads of food made by us all.
    Stories, jokes and words of wisdom are some of my fondest memories.
    I’m really sad that you won’t be there this summer as the boys come back for a visit. We know your guiding spirit will help us along.
    God bless you.
    You are in our prayers
    David, Katelijne
    Christopher and Audery

  14. Ann and family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.I know what you are going through.How can two cousins leave this world the same way.I guess God needed two angels and I hope that Vito and Johnny are together.I will be praying for you and all the family.Just remember that there is Light at the end of the tunnel.

    With deepest sympathy.
    Assunta Moro and Family Brampton ontario

  15. We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Vito’s passing..He and the family have been such great friends for the last 30years…..It is hard to put into words what we feel at this time…
    He always came to any event with a smile on his face…and a few words of wit and delightful humor…..”You know, these young guys just don’t think we old fossils know what we are doing….”
    He was a great host…always helping out Ann….and pouring the wine freely…
    Many fun times over at their house for supper and playing games….especially had fun with “spoons”
    We…and are kids are going to miss you so much Vito..
    All our thoughts and prayers go out to you Ann…and all your family….
    Greg and Beth….

  16. Leslie MacDonald-Rogers

    Dear Ann and family,

    Our sincerest condolences on such a tremendous loss. We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Vito’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and he will be terribly missed by your family and all those who knew him. We remember him as always so cheerful and witty – even at those early morning dental appointments. I remember him giving me good advice on more than one occasion! =) We are thinking about your family at this time and holding you close in our prayers. Blessings, Leslie (and Rod)

  17. Mike and Sheryne Power

    We are so sorry to hear that your Father has passed on. We know how hard it is to say goodbye to a person who you think of daily and require their advice and input so often. We pray that you find your strength to carry on, in your beautiful family and that your Dad and Mom created. When I think of your Dad I think of a hard worker who was dedicated to making a better life for his family. He definately succeeded! May you get through this time with peace in your hearts from knowing that your Father is in a better place – probably still fixing engines!

    All our love and sympathy,
    Sheryne & Mike Power

  18. Jim,Diane, Jason & Angie

    We are all in shock and saddened by Vito’s passing. He had a true kind spirit. Always there to lend a hand and entertain you with his wit and laughter. Nothing can take away all the wonderful memories that he has left. And If I know Vito he will still find a way to look after all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    The MacPherson Family

  19. Chris & Terry Peters

    Dear Ann & family.
    We were so shocked about Vito’s passing! We send you our prayers and sympathy during this time of sorrow.

  20. ron and sharon raible

    We are so saddened to hear about Vito’s passing. We will never forget our times with your family, in days gone by. When we were in need of a new roof for our home, Vito was quick to offer his help. He always had a joking manner, which we so enjoyed. God bless you all during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.
    Much love from
    Ron and Sharon

  21. Liz & Dave Dickinson

    We were so saddened to hear about Vito’s passing. We first met Vito when he and Ann came to Winnipeg for our nephew, Rob’s, convocation. With his witty remarks and his infectious chuckle, we instantly took a liking to him. We next had the good fortune of spending time with Vito at Rachel & Rob’s wedding. It was obvious that Vito was very proud of his family. We also discovered that he was a hard working, kind, caring and generous man. Several years later, we were vacationing and passing through Maple Ridge. We stopped in to say ‘hello’ and he kindly invited us to park our RV in his backyard and spend the night. From just these few encounters with Vito we have some wonderful memories, memories that we will cherish.

    Ann, our sincerest condolences to you and your family. It may be of little comfort, but know that we are thinking about you during this difficult time.

  22. Manfred Gradlmiller

    Dear Fantin Clan
    I am shocked and saddened, and sincerely sorry for your loss.
    I worked with the best during my time with Finning, but Vito stands out as prince. He was able to bring humor into some dungenouse boat engine rooms, making the job bearable, and time and progeress fly. After I became selfemployed Vito also was the only one that would stop on his way home to visit, when he saw my service truck at various docks, and always produced “laugh out loud” commentary
    Vito will always have a place in my heart and mind.
    With deepest sympathy

  23. Christine & Chris Long

    We consider ourselves exceptionally fortunate to call Vito’s daughter Sarah our friend, and we know we can credit the amazing person that she is to the incredible Fantin family. We are so sorry for your loss and our hearts go out to all of you during this difficult time.

  24. Jacquie Goernert & Derek Haqq

    To Sarah and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the your father’s death. Your time is now to grieve and remember all the timeless gifts he gave throughout his life with love and wisdom to everyone who had the blessing to know Vito.
    Peace be with you, your mum, sisters and brothers in this time of great loss.
    Jacquie Goernert & Derek Haqq

  25. George & Carol Martin

    Ann and Family, we were so shocked to hear of Vito’s passing last week. It was only a day or two before that at our Finning Retiree’s Coffee time at Starbusks we were asking about vito a we had not seen him for quite while.

    Please accept our deepest Condolences for the loss to your Family.

    I had the pleasure to work with Vito for many years and he was truly a dedicated and professional worker.

    We hope that all you thoughts of Vito in the future will be the best ones.


    George & Carol Martin

  26. Dear Ann and fam.
    I was so shocked to read of Vito’s passing in the news paper. I remember the times he would come to the kindergarten to work with his boys on a special project.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    with deepest sympathy louisa Serne

  27. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. Joan and Jay Roach

    Dear Ann:
    We wanted you to know we will very much miss Vito at the social gatherings we share. He was always so easy to talk to and we enjoyed our many conversations together.
    We offer you and your family our prayers.

    Jay and Joan

  29. Dear Ann & Family(Steven,Richard,Sarah & Rachel)
    I was surprised to come across the obituary
    in the Province of Vito’s passing. Tom & I have
    been out here in Agassiz for 4 yrs. now. We’ll
    remember him as the friendly,outgoing father that
    we knew when the boys were growing up.I know he
    will be missed by all that knew him. Thinking of
    you all. Sincere Wishes, The Douglas’s
    Loretta, Tom, Sean & Jim

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