Obituary of Lanfranco Amato di Campolevrini
AMATO DI CAMPOLEVRINI, Lanfranco 1922-2005
Passed away peacefully, at his home in Toronto, on Monday, February 14, 2005, after a determined battle with cancer. Lanfranco is survived, and will forever be loved, by Liliana (Conte), his devoted wife of more than fifty years, his grieving son and daughter-in-law, Sergio and Lucy (Lake Forest, IL), his adoring grandchildren, Lilly, James and Finley, who missed Nonno�s never-ending kisses and bear-hugs terribly, his sisters Laura and Maria Teresa and families and his brother-in-law Renato and sister-in-law Maria Cristina and families. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Salvatore.
Lanfranco was a generous, optimistic and gentle soul blessed with a wonderful sense of humour. He deeply loved his family, cherished his countless friends and developed a respect for his adopted country, its citizens and way of life, which rivaled his feelings for his homeland. He taught his son all that is important in life and set for him an enduring example, which is proving impossible to follow. He did not know a stranger - he made friends with everyone he met. He was an avid reader, a master of the crossword puzzle and an enthusiastic cheerleader at his grandchildren�s varied athletic events. He leaves behind a chasm in our hearts.
Born in Rovereto, Italy on April 19, 1922, son of Giuseppe and Adile (Valdagni) Amato, Lanfranco was educated in Milan. He served with honour and distinction during WWII with the Italian Army as Lieutenant of the 1st Regiment of Grenadiers and with the U.S. Army from September 1943; mentioned in dispatches by General Sir Harold Alexander. Lanfranco enjoyed a long and accomplished international business career, dominated by his experience with Olivetti (1950-1977). This included marketing, operations and senior management assignments in Europe, Asia, Africa and Canada, culminating in his appointment as President and G.M (1966) and Chairman of the Board (1973) of Olivetti Canada. After retiring from Olivetti, he joined Bregman & Hamann Architects as Director of New Business Development, then founded Riello Canada, Inc. and Riello Corp. of America, heading both as Chairman of the Board. Directorships included Four Seasons Hotels, Banca Commerciale Italiana of Canada, Gerling Insurance, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Italian Chamber of Commerce (past President, 1963-1966), Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony and Ontario Council for the Arts. Honours included Order of Canada, Knight of Obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Knight Commander of the Military Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, Knight of Corona d�Italia and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy.
Visitation at 9:30 a.m. and funeral service at 10:30 a.m. will be held at HOLY ROSARY CHURCH, 354 St. Clair Avenue, Toronto, on Thursday, February 17th. Cremation. Private interment at Lake Forest Cemetery (IL). If desired, and with our gratitude, memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 600 University Avenue, Toronto M5G 1X5.