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The family of Albert Brunetta announces that after a long, rich, and healthy life, Albert passed away at home on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Albert was born Dec. 21, 1927 in Thunder Bay, Ont. into a large family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He and his brothers, Ernie and Julian, and sister, Louise, moved to Fort Frances, Ont. with their parents when Albert was 12.

His father, John, owned Brunetta’s CCM Bicycle Shop and Albert worked with his father for a number of years before taking up employment with the Canadian National Railway. He worked for the CNR until he retired in 1990 after 39 years of service.

While working for the CNR, he and his brothers also built and operated the Mid-Town Motel.

In 1952, Albert married Margaret Helena Ross. They enjoyed 38 years of marriage together before Margaret passed away in 1990.

Although Albert never remarried, he made the most out of every day he had until he could be with her again.

He enjoyed a long, healthy life, active into his 84th year, hunting and fishing with family and friends’ right up to this past fall. He lived in his own home independently until he died there with his family around him.

Albert is survived by his brothers, Ernest Brunetta and wife, Loretta, and Julian Brunetta and wife, Sandra and their families; daughter, Nancy Daley Fulton, her husband, John Fulton, and their sons, Malcolm and Cameron Daley and Aaron (Kristin) and Daniel Fulton; daughter, Colleen Fawcett and her husband, Scott; and son, John Brunetta and his wife, Wendy, and sons, John-Paul (Katie) and Jessie, all of Fort Frances, Ont.

Daughter, Kathy Brunetta and husband, Peter Chapman, and sons, John and Andrew, live in British Columbia.

When we think of Albert, a number of things come quickly to mind: he did things his way and under his own terms. He valued his independence and robust good health.

He was a strong man in many ways. He liked to tell us he was never sick and that may be the case. None of us can remember him being anything but strong and healthy.

His strong life forces were with him to the end of his life. He loved life and resisted leaving until his body wore out.

He enjoyed helping others. He had a rich and intelligent sense of humour, and was an astute businessman.

He enjoyed travelling and had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the world and its people.

Albert also loved his garden and creating wonderful meals from his harvest. He loved to cook and entertain, and was a charming and gracious host to his many friends and family.

Albert loved and intimately knew the lakes, rivers, and bush land of Northwestern Ontario. The Manitou was a favourite lake, and the trout and moose he encountered in this area gave him great pleasure.

He loved to observe wildlife and the natural environment, and never was there a trip where he did not expect a complete report on how many deer and moose we saw.

He was a skilled and confident hunter and fisherman.

In the same way that he gained a love of adventure from his own father and uncles, he passed this love on to his children and grandchildren. They all share his passions for, and interests in, the outdoors, in travel, in gardening, and in cooking.

Albert was a frugal and creative man. He could find a use for anything, whether it be a piece of wood or a rusty nail. He believed there was a use for anything and everything.

He was an inventor and created many very unique devices to simplify daily life.

Albert was a proud man and took pleasure in his roots. He loved to talk about his family and past, and how he became the person he was.

He truly enjoyed having his family around him and watching his grandchildren become young men.

Albert was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Brunetta; in-laws, Malcolm and Ruby Ross; sister, Louise Reuter and brother-in-law, Peter Reuter; as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family invites and welcomes you to join them in celebrating Albert’s life. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, beginning with the eulogy at 11 a.m.

A luncheon and expression of memories will follow the service.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the North West Community Care Access Centre Palliative Care Fort Frances c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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