elevated 9q5vS September 9, 1936 ~ May 6, 2023
elevated 9q5vS Visitation
Friday, May 12, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm
elevated 9q5vS Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated 9q5vS Funeral Mass
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 9:00 am
elevated 9q5vS Chapel of St. Joseph – Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
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elevated 9q5vS Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON, L3T 2C7
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elevated 9q5vS Obituary
elevated 9q5vS Armand (Ermacora) Scaini was born on September 9, 1936 in Gradiscutta di Varmo, Friuli, Italy. He passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at Sunnybrook Hospital on May 6, 2023. He leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Joan; his daughters, Diane (George) and Carol; granddaughters Emily and Sarah. He also leaves behind his siblings, Anita, Catherine, and the late Lino, and Assunta; their spouses; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; his many relatives around Canada and in Italy; his best friend Alberto and many friends.
elevated 9q5vS An unknown author wrote “At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared; not our competence but our character; and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love.” This summarizes Armand’s life perfectly.
elevated 9q5vS Armand was named after his grandfather Ermacora, and was lovingly nicknamed Machilute by his family in Italy. When he arrived in Toronto in March, 1949, his cousin suggested he change his name for school and so he chose the name Armand. He was enrolled in elementary school two grade levels behind his academic level. He quickly picked up English and worked extra hard to achieve marks high enough to attend St. Michael’s College School. This was an amazing feat for a young man who came to Canada at the age of 12 without any knowledge of English. He worked after school and on weekends with his father building chimneys to make enough money to pay for his tuition. He attended SMCS where he sharpened his talent of designing and building furniture. In grade 12, he designed his first home and that summer he built it with his father and brother. In his graduating year, he was awarded St. Michael’s first ever Spiritus Award. Our dad truly lived the SMCS Basilian Fathers’ motto “Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge.” He often recalled Father Regan’s words on his graduation, “Don’t forget to give back – not only to the school, but also to the community.” In 2018, Armand was honoured with the Order of SMCS for his passion, intelligence, and his steadfast dedication to improving the lives of those around him.
elevated 9q5vS In 1957, Armand established the family construction company and built a few homes with his father and brother. At the age of 25, he began designing industrial-commercial buildings, and in the 1960’s, they built a few buildings in Markham. Armand was proud of the company he established and worked hard to run the company until his death. Armand was known to his tenants for his outstanding customer service and business advice, which resulted in some tenants staying with him for more than 40 years. Over the last few years, Armand shared his knowledge and moral values of running the company with his daughters.
elevated 9q5vS In September 1964, Armand met Joan at a St. Monica’s Young People’s Group dance. He asked her to dance and the rest is history. On October 16, 1965, they were married at St. James Church. Their love and respect for each other grew over 57 years of marriage. It was not uncommon to see our dad ring the doorbell to give her a rose from his garden. Armand was a wonderful husband, a great dad and a proud Nonno. His giant smile and beautiful eyes lit up a room. Armand was always so proud to share stories about his life, his Friulan heritage and to share some life advice and teach us life skills. He genuinely gave his time, knowledge and support to anyone who asked for help. Armand’s hard work and perseverance helped him achieve a great life.
elevated 9q5vS As a dad, he was one of a kind, a real gem. He was a great role model who supported and loved us. Those many times when he would come home after working hard all day, exhausted, yet he would still go outside to play with us for hours. He shared his love of sporting events by teaching us sports and we watched many games together. He helped us with many school events and initiatives and danced all night with us at the father-daughter dances. To ensure we ourselves had wings to fly on our own, he taught life skills such as how to change tires and boost our cars when we learned to drive; how to fix toilets, change faucets and other home maintenance when we moved into our own homes; and most recently, to continue to carry on his company. He loved to laugh and joke with us, provided a calming voice and always saw the brighter side to life. He empowered us to follow our dreams and provided us with the knowledge and confidence to achieve them, and to stand up for what we believed in, as he always did. He was incredibly proud to be a Nonno to his two granddaughters Emily and Sarah. His eyes lit up every time they walked into the room. He was eager to learn from them, share a story and of course give them sweets.
elevated 9q5vS For the past 45 years, he was honoured and humbled to work with many dedicated Friulans, including his dear friend Alberto, to keep the traditions and culture alive at the Famee Furlane Toronto. In his various leadership capacities, he organized cultural events and initiatives, published historical books on the history of Italians and their contributions in Canada, held fundraisers for those in need in Canada and abroad, and used his knowledge and skills to help maintain and service the buildings. His proudest accomplishment as President of the Famee occurred shortly after his own father passed away. His mother was very lonely and missed socializing with her friends. He asked his mother to bring a few friends to the club to play cards and in 1978, the Eta d’Oro group was created. His vision to expand the footprint of the Famee Furlane led to the purchase of the property to the east, which is where the Friuli Terrace was eventually built on. The last few years, he was honoured and proud to support the next generation who serve on the boards of the Famee, Villa Gambin and in particular, the Friuli Terrace. In 2017, he was honoured with The Famee Furlane Toronto Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition and appreciation of many years of loyalty and dedication.
elevated 9q5vS Armand has been a member of St. Pascal Baylon Church on Steeles Avenue for over 60 years. He served as the lead property manager for 40 years. One of his most noted initiatives was developing a “Canada/Haiti partnership” in 2000 by building a small seminary and high school in Haiti with Fr. Durante. Our father took the lead to inspire community businesses and volunteers to extend their hand by collecting materials and resources required for the project and sending them to Haiti in containers.
elevated 9q5vS Armand has been recognized over the years with numerous awards including the Golden Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada for his volunteer work. Armand and Joan valued giving back, particularly to those who impacted their lives. They sponsored and named the chapel at Villa Leonardo Gambin Long-Term Care facility “St. Michael’s” after Armand’s high school and “in honour of Fr. Ermanno Bulfon” who was an inspiring young priest of Friulan heritage who passed away. In addition, at St. Michael’s College School, they co-sponsored the creation of the Basilian Fathers Wall.
elevated 9q5vS We are forever grateful to the many specialist doctors and nurses at Sunnybrook Hospital who supported Armand’s care. We appreciated the support of Neurocore Physiotherapy and the nurses and PSW’s who helped Armand at home.
elevated 9q5vS Although our hearts are broken, we know how blessed we were to have the best husband, father and Nonno in our lives. Mandi Dad. Buona Notte.
elevated 9q5vS In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Hospital https://sunnybrook.ca/foundation/
elevated 9q5vS Please join us in remembering Armand Scaini by sharing your thoughts and fond memories with our family on this site.
My condolences to the entire Scaini family. I was sadden to hear of his passing. He was an amazing person and dedicated to his family. He was a pillar in the Furlan community and there will be nobody like him every again. I had to pleasure to know Armand for many years. Lovely lovely man always willing to help where ever he could. My condolences to his entire Family from one of his Furlan followers, Mara Mian.
To the Scaini family I send my sincerest condolences to you, Armand was a huge part and the Famee. His dedication and loyalty to the Famee and its members has not gone unnoticed. Rest in peace.
Dear Joan and family, we were heartbroken to hear off Armand’s passing. He was a true pillar of the Furlan community and a passionate supporter and builder of the Famèe Furlane. He was passionate about so many things that made the whole world a better place.. from his beloved family to St. Mike’s, the Famèe, Friuli Terrace and Villa Gambin. He was very dear to the heart of our family. He will be in our hearts forever.
Armand was a wonderful person to do business with. He was always fair-minded, respectful and helpful whenever issues arose. We had absolute confidence in Armand’s ability to arrive at an economical solution to any building problem. We will miss our regular chats with him on a range of topics of common interests, including St. Mikes.
May he rest in well-earned peace.
Sincerest condolences to the entire Scaini family from every one of us at Cobmex. We have been so fortunate to have had Armand in our lives and miss his regular visits where he always had a big smile and kind words for us all. Someone recently told us that it’s not what people say or do that necessarily make you remember them. It’s how they make you feel. What a Gentleman and what a beautiful soul.
He will be missed.
Rhona and Larry Noble and everyone at Evron Computer wish Joan and Armand’s entire family our sincerest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man. Armand was our landlord for 40 years and he was always a pleasure to deal with. He would often drop by to share a story. We will miss his smile, his advise and our long relationship.
Heartbroken from the sad news of the passing of our good friend and great man that Armand was, on my personal behalf and on behalf of all the members of the Gruppo Eta` D’Oro at the Famee Furlane, I convey to all members of the Scaini Family and to all the people that Armand life has beneficially touched,
my deepest heartfelt Condolences.
From The President of the G.E.d’O. F.F.
The Bush/Hicken family are so sorry for your loss. Armand was a guiding light for your family, and it carried over to ours. We are so happy to have known him and your family for over 25 years.
He will be celebrated and missed.
To the all family of Armond Scaini our deepest condolences he will be miss may he rest in pece
To the Scaini Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condoleces from the Fogolars Federation of Canada, from all the Fogolars, Fameis, Societa and all the Friulian of Canada, we are deeply sorry for your loss, Armand was a thru Friulian Doc, you are in our prayers.
President of Fogolars Federation of Canada
Our deepest condolences to Joan and family.
My memories of Armand goes back to elementary school. We immigrated to Canada in 1949, 3months after Armand.
We were in the same grade at St. Thomas Aquinas School.
We were not well accepted and often we would have altercations with other students
Armand and I would often reminis of our experiences as we would meet at the Famee or the Villa Gambin.
St. Michael’s College School has let the alumni know of the passing of Armand, a man whose achievements made him a distinguished member of the Order of St. Michael. We alumni remember him as a model how to be a St. Michael’s man. Among other things, the entire school knew about and was proud of the great craftsmanship and beauty of the marquetry he did in Shop class with Father Ronan.
Sincere condolences to the Scaini family
Dear Joan, Carol, Diane, Emily and Sarah and family,
It was with great sadness that we learned of Armand’s Passing from Carol.
From the early days in Grade 7 at St. Thomas Aquinas School, Armand was Sig’s longest standing friend and buddy. We always appreciated his advice and practical help especially when our house in Stouffville was constructed in 1970. Armand and Joan hold a special place in our hearts as the Godfather of our son Stephen. What a great example of a fine Christian man for Stephen to follow! Now may Armand rest in peace, free of all suffering, cares and concerns.
Sig and Teresa
My condolences to the family.
Remembering Armand at the elementary school St.Thomas Aquinas where we both attended the principle said he would not get in at St. Michaels College. When Armand graduated he invited the Principle at his graduation. That was quite an achievement.
Rest in peace Armand you gave back your share.
It is with sincere sadness that we hear of the passing of Armando, a most respected and loved pillar of our community. From my family and the Fogolâr of Ottawa to Joan and the Scaini family, we extend our sincerest condolences. May his loving memory comfort you at this most painful time.
Armando al iere un dai pilastris de nestre furlanitât in Canada. la so generositât e savietât e restaran simpri come esempli par ducj i Furlans dal nestri paîs.
Ivano Cargnello, President, Fogolâr Furlan di Ottawa.
My sincere condolences to the Scaini family.
Having worked at the Famee Furlane along with Armand during his Presidency, remind me of a time of peace and harmony. I thank God for the gift of Armand’s life, until we meet again.
It was a sad moment when I heard of the passing of Armand. My sincerest condolences to Joan and his extended family. I originally had a professional relationship with Armand at the Fame Furlane but I can’t imagine how anyone could not develop a personal friendship with this gentleman. I have just read his Obituary that simply confirms his passion for Joan, his family, his friends, St Michael’s College School and of course the Fame Furlana and its several endeavors. I can image Armand greeting St. Peter with a vivid story of some project he was working to to accomplish this or that, here or there, mostly for others.
Rest in peace my friend and my your memory be a Blessing on all you leave behind.
Armand what a great guy.He was full of life and fun.
Time as passed but memories continue.
Our sincere condolences to Scaini family
Our very long relationship found Armand caring and kind man.
We will miss true gentleman.
Dear Scaini Family
My deepest condolences on the loss of this great and gentle man. He was always ready to help and lend a hand whenever anything needed to be done at the Famee Furlane, coupled with a story or to of growing up as an immigrant, or of his beloved St. Mike’s. If you needed anything, he had it…likely in the back of his truck! He was one of a kind and we are all lucky to have known him. May he rest in peace. Mandi Armand.
To Joan and Family
I am so sad at the passing of Armand. I am grateful that I have gotten to know him and work beside him on the Board of Friuli Terrace. He was kind and hard working and was proud of his heritage. I will miss his wisdom and his passion for helping others. Rest in peace Armand – you deserve it. You worked tirelessly your entire life in the service of others. A true example of a humanitarian. Although you may no longer walk among us, all your good work and all you have done will remind us of you. A legacy to be proud of.
I like to extend my deep heartfelt condolences to Joan and the Scaini Family. It was a privilege to have known Armand, nothing for him was too small to do or too big to tackle. Armand’s can do attitude – always with a smile – served me extremely well throughout my life at the Famee. His passion and commitment, whether it be the Famee, the Terraces or the VLG was unparalleled. He was truly a pillar of our Furlan Community as well as a mentor and friend. Despite his innumerable accomplishments, awards and accolades, Armand was humble to the core, always working to give back – more that receiving. Armand you, the man, and everything that you stood for and represented will be missed more than you ever could have imagined.
I like to extend my deepest condolences to Joan and family.
We wil miss you Armand.
Gianni – Renata Ceschia
Dear Joan and Family. we want to express heartfelt condolences for the passing of Armand. May cherished memories and the love he had be a comfort to you.
Sincerely John and Rose Scaini
Riposa in Pace, Armand !
Sincere condoglianze a Joan, Carol, Diane e famiglia, Rina e famiglia, Anita e a tutti Coloro che Ti hanno voluto bene.
Con affetto e stima,
Marc’ Antonio, Maria, Carla e Sandra
Mandi Armand, si viodin…
Carissimi Joan, Carol, Diane e famiglia,
Rina e famiglia,
Anita e tutti i parenti e gli amici,
Vogliate ricevere le nostre più sentite
Vi vogliamo tanto bene.
Riposa in Pace, Armand!
Con affetto e stima,
Marc’Antonio, Maria, Carla e Sandra
Our deepest sympathy to Joan, Carol, Diane and family on the passing of Armand. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Ron Tam and Family