MARTINI, Peter Louis Martini, LL.D., - Bravely, but peacefully, on Saturday, September 30, 2023, with family by his side, at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, Ontario, Peter Louis Martini in his 90th year.
Beloved "Diamond-in-the Rough" to wife, Teresa, for 67 years.
Dedicated and adored father to Linda Riddoch (Brad), Sandra Kosec (Frank), Philip (Jacquie) and Peter.
Devoted nonno to Jason, Dana (Jason Smith), Blake, Justin, Lauren (Josh Allan) and Dylan.
Great-grandfather to Lennox. Brother to Amelia Fantin (Tony) and Rita Artuso (E. Victor 2020).
Born in Toronto, April 23, 1933, to the late Alessandro (1986) and Maria (2006), he attended St. Michael's College before joining his father's masonry company. Thus began the career of a serial entrepreneur founding and operating more than twenty-six businesses in North America, covering many facets of manufacturing, construction, food service and investment.
He was a driving force behind the construction of the Canada Masonry Centre in Mississauga, a founding member of the Canadian Masonry Contractors' Association, the Ontario Masonry Contractors' Association, and the Metropolitan Industrial and Commercial Masonry Contractors. He played a pivotal role in the endowment of the Chair in Masonry Design at McMaster University, where they conferred upon him the degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
But despite all his success in business, he always insisted on putting his family first. A proud Italian Canadian, he maintained lifelong ties to the town of his families' origin – Castelfranco, Veneto.
In his honour, please pop a bottle of Prosecco or pour yourself a round of grappa (preferably homemade) to share amongst family and friends with a "salute e cent'anni" even though he fell a few years short of the goal.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga, on Thursday, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, October 6, 2023, at 11 a.m.
For those who wish, donations may be made to Trillium Health Partners Foundation.