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Rizzuto, Santo

On Monday, we said good-bye to our cherished father, grandfather, brother and friend, Santo Rizzuto.

­ Though our hearts break with grief and sadness, we also ‑ nd peace in his freedom from su ering, and happiness for his anticipated reunion with his beloved wife Anna, who passed 4 years ago.

Santo was an involved member of this community since his arrival in 1974 and served his patients as a dentist for 37 years. His huge hands – perhaps not an asset in his profession – were an extension of his big heart, and with them he touched many lives. Outside of the office, Santo could usually be found on the golf course. His golf companions, and others who love him, have enduring memories of his sense of humor and a number of well used punch-lines.

Born in Italy, Santo’s ‑ final months were spent reminiscing about his early years back in the “Old Country” where despite having nothing, he spent “the happiest days of his life.” And from this memory, he left his children with the wisdom that Love is more important than money. Before Santo passed, he was gifted with a new grandson, and his one wish was that he would live long enough to get a smile….and he did!

Santo is survived by his children Jennifer (Mark) Tinholt with grandsons Xavier and Arand, Chris (Jennifer) Rizzuto with granddaughter Isabella, and Karla (Wylee Charbonneau) Rizzuto with grandson ­ eodore; siblings Joe (Anne) Rizzuto, Frank (Francis) Rizzuto, and Mario (Flora) Rizzuto of Edmonton, his in-laws Toni (Enzo) Driutti and Joe (Ruth) Guercio of Trail, and Rose (Joe) Bossio and Giacomo (Linda) Guercio of Edmonton; an enormous extended family and a grand circle of friends.

At Santo’s request, there will be no service and a celebration will be held at a later date. Santo will be laid to rest along-side Anna in the mausoleum at Nelson Memorial Park.

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