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Mauro Centrone

February 13, 1930 - February 16, 2014


It is with sadness we share the news of the passing of our dear Dad, Mauro Centrone.  Born, February 13, 1930 in Caporetto, Italy, he had an extraordinary life.  His mother, Eva, raised him and his four siblings, Mara, Enzo, Ducci and Elsa.  They were brought up to love family, music, and she helped develop Mauro’s passion for cooking.  There was not a lot of money in his childhood home but plenty of love. During the Second World War Mauro was a youth and shared many stories of hardship and adventure with his family over the years. He left home early and found his way to Canada in 1951, his brother Enzo followed him to build a life in their new country.  They remained close until Mauro’s passing.  Upon arriving in Canada he was sent to a logging camp in Quebec to work in a camp kitchen and his career as a chef began.  Mauro moved west and worked in many areas of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and British Columbia, Iran, Iraq, Newfoundland, on a ship from Vancouver to Scotland, finishing his career in Hibernia in early 1997.   He became a proud citizen of Canada in 1958.  Dad’s work supported many significant projects in BC.  In 1960 he married the love of his life, Carol Nakonechny, in Vancouver, BC.  As a married couple they moved often, following Mauro’s work.  Together they had four noisy, busy, children, Laura, Marc, Michael and Dean.  They finally settled in Nelson, in 1972 to raise their family.   Mauro was passionate about hockey, fishing, gardening, and cooking.  Although he did not have a formal education he was a life long learner, and loved talking about religion, politics, history, geography, and nature. Throughout his life Mauro was always teaching friends and family how to prepare delicious food, particularly dishes from his beloved Italy! He was loved and loved well.  His favorite pursuits throughout his life were hunting, gardening, huckleberry and mushroom picking; just being in “the bush!” He was an avid fisherman no matter the weather or season. He was a simple man, determined to live life his way.  He was very devoted to his family, and made many sacrifices for those he loved.  He was most proud of his eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  He will be missed!







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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Michelle & Alfonso Lombardo
Relation: family friend

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of Moe and he will live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Sending all our love,
Misia, Alfy, and family

From: Tony Savarin
Relation: special family friend

Dear Uncle Moe; Please know, every story can be recounted; from teaching how to tie the strongest fishing knots to the pregame duties as a hockey dad. The joy in the memories you afforded us are so dear to me, it gently pushes aside the sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with Laura, Marc, Michael, Dino and your dear families.

From: Annette Ball and Family
Relation: friend of daughter

Laura my prayers are with you during this difficult time love you

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 21, 2014
Beginning at 1:00pm

Best Western
153 Baker Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4H1

153 Baker Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4H1

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Canadian Cancer Society, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, V5Z 9Z9 would be appreciated.

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