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BARTOLILLO, Domenico “Dom”

March 8, 1951 — January 26, 2023

On Thursday, January 26th, 2023, Domenico Bartolillo was called home, at the age of 71 after a heroic battle with cancer. After 3 years and 8.5 long months in hospital, Domenico died peacefully with his beloved wife, Sue, and their children by his side. The world has lost the most incredible son, brother, husband, father, Nonno and friend.

If you asked a hundred people who Domenico Bartolillo was, they’d all give you the same answer…  He was a remarkable man who always had a smile on his face and kindness in his eyes. If you knew him, you loved him.

Domenico was born in San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy on March 8, 1951, to father Francesco Bartolillo and mother Rosina Alessio. The eldest son of four children, Domenico didn’t have the opportunity for much formal education. After his father fell ill, he became the head of the household and worked any odd jobs he could find in the olive orchards, as a bricklayer, a plaster, a stonemason and carpentry apprentice. His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led to him to immigrate to Canada in 1968. Just 18 years old, he arrived without a word of English to family he had never met, but nonetheless, he found his way and his one true love.

Sue and Domenico were married in May 1973. Their love story is legendary, one that their children, nieces, nephews, siblings, in-laws and friends aspire and look up to. They welcomed son Frank in 76, daughter Lia in 79 and their most favourite mistake Antonella in 1985. His children were his pride and joy, and he cherished his family above all else. Domenico was also an avid outdoors man. His love of fishing, hunting, camping and gardening kept him busy and filled his life and heart full of memories his family and friends will always cherish.

Domenico’s work ethic was but one of his strengths…  He never shied away from hard work and spent over 50 years in concrete finishing and contracting. He was a true artist in his craft and was known for his keen eye and level hand.

Domenico was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; and brother-in-law, Mario Secreti. He is survived by his wife Sue; children Frank (Brenda) Bartolillo, Lia (David) Bartolillo and Lei (Jayson) Bartolillo; grandchildren Viena Rose, Luca Domenico and Stella Dominique Bartolillo; siblings Anna Secreti, Filomena (Francesco) Lammirato and Andrea (Carol) Bartolillo; and many extended family members.

A Celebration of Life is planned for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2023, at 1:00 PM, at the SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME on 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. All are invited to attend. A reception will follow immediately after, at 2:00 pm.

As per the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Domenico can make donations to Central Okanagan Hospice House.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2023, at 1:00 PM,


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The service for BARTOLILLO, Domenico “Dom” is scheduled for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2023, at 1:00 PM,. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Jennifer Park says:

    Sue and Lia, my heart breaks for the both of you and your family. I heard about Dom the other day at work and was just devastated. He fought so hard and had such an amazing fight in him even thru all the obstacles that were thrown at him during his hospital stay. Hearing him talk about his kids, grandkids and your family suppers together just showed how much he truly cared and loved you all. The family support he had just proves what a wonderful man he was and how much you all cherished him. I definitely cried a couple times over the last months we spent together and the fact he always was trying to calm and reassure everyone around him was truly a great example of how much he cared. I am sending you all love, hugs and healing vibes as I know it’s going to be hard but you have each other to lean on. I unfortunately will not be able to make it, I am working on the 4th, but please know I wish you all the best. All of us on 3 west send our sympathies. Love Jen

  • Albert and Matty Siemons says:

    Dear Bartolillo family,
    We are very sorry about your loss but Dom is now with Jesus, where there is no more pain and suffering.
    We will be praying for all of you.
    With love from:
    Albert and Matty Siemons, parents of Robert and Martine.

  • Saverio & Teresa Scalise says:

    Susie, Frank, Lia & Antonella Our deep and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Dominic. May your most treasured memoirs give you all comfort and strength in these difficult days ahead. To a wonderful loving Dominic rest in peace. Love Saverio ,Teresa and family

  • Maida Brawley and Asia Brawley says:

    Sue and Family, we are so very sorry to hear of Dom’s passing, he was a remarkable man with an infectious smile and a kind soul. Please take some comfort in knowing he will always be around you with all the beautiful memories you made and shared together throughout the years ,keep them close to your heart ! Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our beathe away !

  • Resh Racine says:

    So sorry to hear the loss of such an amazing man. Although I did not meet Dom many times, I loved hearing about the adventurous stories shared by his equally amazing daughter. Hugs to the entire family.

  • Rick Serani says:

    Dear Susie.
    We are so sad to hear of Doms passing. I always enjoyed Dominic’s company he was so great to be around and some great hunting stories too. Everyone loved and respected him. I think a lot of his peers would love to have just a small part of his character. He will be missed.
    Condolences from
    Rick and Danielle Serani

  • Irene MacIntyre says:

    Dear Sue and family……..my heart goes out to you. So sorry for your loss.

  • Frank and Mary Ferrarelli says:

    Sue and family there are no words to convey how we all feel for the loss of your best friend , confident and husband . He will be sorely missed by everyone who
    Knew him. I know that we personally will miss his smile and his gentle manners and love for all his family , cousins included .
    Love Frank and Mary

  • Mary Hall says:

    Our deep and heartfelt sympathy to Sue and family. May your most treasured memories give you comfort and strength in these difficult days ahead. We are sending our love and prayers.

  • Marion Robertson says:

    Thinking of you all as you deal with your loss. Dom will not be forgotten that is certain. He has touched so many people and you are right ” if you knew him you loved him”. He always had a mischievous grin and a twinkle in his eye. I can hear his voice in my mind so clearly. Hang on to all the great memories. Love you all.

  • Koralee Loria says:

    Sue, Frank, Lia and Antonella, our heartfelt condolences to you and the extended family. We remember Dom for his kindness, his warm and welcoming smile, and his sense of humor. His zest for life and love of the outdoors will always be part of the memories we have of him. A donation to the Okanagan Hospice House was made in Dom’s honor.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love John and Koralee Loria

  • Christine Simonelli says:

    My sincere condolences to you all Sue and family. I share in your grief at Don’s passing, he was such a kind and happy person. He will be sorely missed. My most sincere condolences to Sue and all the family.

  • Serafina and Joseph Oliverio says:

    Sue and family.
    Our thoughts and our deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. Dominic was a very kind and special man, may all the memories you have created through the years bring you comfort as you grieve. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and our prayers. God Bless

  • Nancy Curatolo says:

    Dear Sue and all the family- we send you our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved and cherished Dom. There are no words that can ease your pain but please know we care and send you love and comfort. Hold your memories close. It is true that grief is the price we pay for love. We know he will be deeply missed and we feel so sad for you. Our sympathies With love Bruno and Nancy, Melissa and Amanda Curatolo

  • Silver Springs Concrete Services says:

    Our heart goes out to Sue and the family. We all have shed a tear upon hearing your loss after such a tremendous fight against the odds. Domenico was a very memorable individual to all of us that shared and taught his knowledge in the concrete industry to each and every individual that had the pleasure of witnessing him in action. The community and the industry has always known of his exceptional dedication to perfection with a smile the whole way through. We commemorate his contribution to the industry and as an outstanding individual that will always be remembered.

  • Dawn & Dan Bastien says:

    Sue and family. We were very sad to hear of Dominico’s passing. Our hearts are broken for you , your children and their families. Dominico was an amazing man, truly one of a kind. We have shared a few stories about him throughout this week and they all brought smiles to our faces. We hope that all the wonderful memories you have of him help you through this most difficult time. You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. Deepest condolenses. Dan & Dawn

  • tony viola says:

    Sue and family, I’m so sorry to hear this news we had no idea of Domenic’s passing. Speaking for the whole Viola family we wish to express our deepest condolences.
    Dominic was a good man and he will be missed by all the knew him.

  • Lois Scali says:

    Dear Sue and family so sorry to hear of Domenic’s passing he was a kind and caring person I have many. Good memories of years past. My prayers are with you and your family. / Lois Scali

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