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Gus LaMantia

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Obituary for Gus LaMantia

Gus LaMantia 1935-2020

With heavy hearts we said goodbye to our dear husband, father and grandfather, Gus (Agostino) LaMantia on Thursday February 20, 2020. Gus is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth (McGuire) of Lindsay, his children: Laura (Clemens) van Zeyl of Oakville, Anne (John) Johnston of Brockville, Jane (Adam) de Pencier of Toronto, Peter (Tessa Griffin) of Toronto and Susan (Geoffrey) Grier of Lindsay, and by his grandchildren: Marie, Augustine, Eve, Kara, Fin, Hannibal, Antonia, Angus, Oliver, Gus and Ava. He will be forever in our hearts.

Gus was born on March 1, 1935. He was the son of the late Joseph LaMantia and Antonina LaRocca. Gus is predeceased by his brothers: Joseph, James, Anthony and sister, Jean Quattrocchi, brother-in-law Joe Quattrocchi, brother and sister-in-law Margaret (McGuire) and Ray Fitzgerald, Anne (McGuire) and Kenneth McLennan, sister-in-law Bunny (McGuire) Collins, brothers-in-law Father James McGuire and Dale McGuire. Survived by his sisters-in-law: Patricia (Lindsay), Beverly (Lindsay), Mary (Aurora) and brother-in-law, Bill Collins (Ottawa), brother and sister-in-law of Janet (McGuire) and Jack Purcell (Peterborough), Joe and Joyce McGuire (Omemee). Gus is also survived by his cousin, Joe Lamantia (Lindsay). Gus will be missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Gus was born in Lindsay to immigrant parents. At an early age, Gus started working at the family business delivering groceries throughout the community with a pony and wagon. Upon the passing of his father Joseph, Gus along with his brothers Joe and Jim, took over the grocery store and built it from a small retail business to a wholesale operation, serving community restaurants, institutions and grocery stores. In the late seventies, Gus sold his shares of the family business to his brother Jim and embarked on a new career in the real estate business. Gus and his partner John Whyte opened Re/Max County Town Realty. The business thrived with offices throughout the Kawartha region. Gus eventually took sole ownership of the business until he decided to retire and spend more time enjoying his garden, property and family at Balsam Lake.

Gus was an accomplished businessman known in the community for his dedication, generosity, kindness and integrity. These traits, along with his tireless work ethic and care for his team members, translated to a successful career with many industry awards and accolades.

Gus loved nothing more than working outside: tending his garden, gathering and splitting firewood, clearing snow and creating a skating rink for his grandchildren. He loved having his hands in the dirt and his face in the sun. He showed us the value of honour, tenacity, family, friends and fun.

Family and friends will gather at Celebrations, 35 Lindsay Street North, Lindsay on Saturday March 7, 2020 at 2pm with reflections at 3pm. If desired, memorial donations to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation may be made through the Mackey Funeral Home or online at www.mackeys.ca

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    Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 2:00pm
    35 Lindsay Street North
    Lindsay, Ontario
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    Saturday, March 7, 2020
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    Saturday, March 7, 2020 |
    35 Lindsay Street North
    Lindsay, Ontario
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    Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Jim Holtom

Dear Ruth and Lamantia Family, I want to express my sadness and condolences on the passing of Gus. Gus had a profound influence on me as a young fella working part time at Central Fruit Market. I don't know if he ever thought of it that way, but he mentored me. He taught me a great deal - about hard work, a bit about business, and about the value of honesty and service to others with a smile.

Gus fired me from that job, but even when firing me he was forthright and explained why. It was the right decision, taught me another lesson, and in no way made me feel anything but respect for him, which I still feel to this day. Years later he recommended me for another job with his brother Jim.

As we go through life, we meet people who affect us more than others. People who teach us, steer us, coach us, and lead us on the right path. Gus was such a man to me. May he Rest in Peace.

Ruth and family, I hope you find peace also. Gus lives on in the lives he affected.
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All our love and deepest condolences , to Jane and family from all and each of us: Nick, Jennifer, Magnus and Anna.
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Deanna Clark

Our sincere condolences to you Anne, John, and your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Deanna and Steve Clark
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Manny Rebelo

Susan, please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you.
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