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CURATOLO, Onofrio “Ono”

Funeral Mass will be held on FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2022, AT 10:30 AM (PDT), AT ST. CHARLES GARNIER PARISH, 3645 Benvoulin Rd, Kelowna, BC, with interment to follow at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC. 

Onofrio Curatolo, 83, of Kelowna, British Columbia passed away peacefully while surrounded by family at Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna, on February 10, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer.

Onofrio was born in the Italian Village of Quaglietta, located in Calabritto, Province of Avellino, Campania.  Onofrio was predeceased by his parents Gerardo “Gerry” and Genoveffa “Gina”, his infant daughter Angela, and infant grandson Marco.  He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 25 years, Cleofe.  Onofrio is also survived by three loving sons and their families: Bruno (Nancy), Mario (Andrea), Carlo and grandchildren Melissa and Amanda, and Brandon, Will, and Nicolas.  He is also survived by identical twin brother Rocco (Rosaria) and younger brother Vince (Tenney).  Onofrio will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and families, and countless friends.

Named after his paternal grandfather, Onofrio’s parents were only expecting one child. Immediately after Rocco was born, it is believed his mother shouted “Oh No!” when told of an impending second child.  Onofrio studied in the seminary for 11 years until age 22, after which the family received their visas to start a new life in Canada.  In May 1960, they boarded the MV Irpinia in Naples for a 12-day voyage to Quebec City and a 2-day train ride to Winnipeg, MB.

He soon worked in a clothing factory and enrolled in English lessons. Two years later, he bought Universal Travel Agency.  He wed his first wife, Maria, in 1964 and the two of them worked hard to create an iconic business that helped so many – all while raising their three boys.  He was heavily involved in Holy Rosary Church and many other business and service organizations.  Having lived the struggles that new immigrants face, Onofrio selflessly volunteered endless hours to help friends, family, and customers from all ethnic backgrounds – translating documents and helping complete various government, personal, and business forms and applications.  In 1979, he sold Universal Travel and relocated his family and his parents to Kelowna.

After owning a shoe store, grocery store and souvenir shop, and tile and concrete business, Onofrio’s second career was established in 1988:  Ace Trim & Vinyl Repair, later evolving into Ace Screens & Tint.  He also invented the “D-Jammer” door stop, bringing to fruition one of his many ideas.  Having a strong work ethic and wanting to keep busy, Onofrio never fully retired, as he loved meeting new people.
Onofrio was extremely grateful and proud to be Canadian yet fostered and preserved his Italian heritage. For over 40 years, he was an active member of the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club and The Sons and Daughters of Italy – Galileo Lodge and was always involved in various fundraising, business and political events in Kelowna.

Onofrio and Cleofe enjoyed many dinners, dances, picnics, and gatherings with family and friends.  He always shared the bounties from his garden and fruit trees, and from wild mushroom picking.  True to his upbringing, Onofrio had a heart of gold, always giving his time and money to help and support others!

Often referred to as a real “character”, Onofrio was also a man of character who wore his heart on his sleeve.  He would stand up for what he believed in and protect those that he loved.  He enjoyed golf, cheering on Juventus and the Azzurri on TV, and attending Kelowna Rockets games. Onofrio was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and was their biggest cheerleader at their various activities and events.  He was truly blessed by the care and love provided by his wife, Cleofe and cherished his time spent with family and many friends throughout his life.

The family sincerely wishes to thank family physician Dr. Hendriks for his care and support, as well as the doctors, nurses, and various staff at Kelowna General Hospital and Hospice House that provided loving and expert care to Onofrio in ER, GI, 5B, 4A, and DI – especially Dr. Bak & Dr. Agnew in the Gastrointestinal Unit and Hospitalists Dr. Dyck, Dr. Dittaro, and Dr. Wilson on 4A.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Onofrio’s memory can be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation at, 250-862-4438, to either the “White Heart Project” supporting local health care workers or to “Hospice House” for patients in palliative care.

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Kelowna General Hospital Foundation at, 250-862-4438, to either the “White Heart Project” supporting local health care workers or to “Hospice House” for patients in palliative care. Link: kghfoundation.com


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The service for CURATOLO, Onofrio “Ono” is scheduled for FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2022, AT 10:30 AM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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3645 Benvoulin Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • Shirley Lotoski says:

    So sorry to all on the passing of Ono, always there and caring, we have known him and children for so very many years, our family shares their sorrow and blessing to carry on his messages, Always in our heart, Shirley and family

  • Lotoski Family says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of the sad loss of a truly amazing man. It was an honour to know him and we will miss him dearly.

  • Carmala e Alfonsina Boniello says:

    Inviamo da Quaglietta, paese di origine di Onofrio, le nostre condoglianze a tutta la famiglia. Ricordiamo con affetto l’ultima volta che è venuto a trovare in Italia. Un abbraccio ❤️

  • Pat NELLIGAN says:

    So sorry for your loss. Ono was a vibrant and fun person that I had the pleasure to know.
    May you many fond memories see you through this time of sadness
    Pat Nelligan

  • Bernie & Ev Monteleone says:

    Cleofe, Bruno, Mario & Carlo . . . We are saddened to hear of Ono’s passing! What wonderful, caring & thoughtful man! Always happy’ & so full of life! Drop in anytime to say hello! He was so proud of his boys! Cherish all those special moments you’ve all shared over the years! What a beautiful life he lived! Bernie & Ev Monteleone

  • norman letnick says:

    Today in the BC Legislature I shared Ono’s story with all MLAs. I will send a copy of the video to Cleo. Helene and I will miss Ono.

  • Trish Presenger says:

    Dear Cleo and Family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Ono.
    Our hearts go to you and your families.
    He will dearly missed.
    Sending heartfelt hugs,
    Love, Trish and Olivia Presenger

  • Tony and Connie Goncalves says:

    Condolences to the family!

  • Angelo & Teresa Avena says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Onofrio had an incredible work ethic and mind for business that he learned from our small town, Quaglietta. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Bob Lemon says:

    I’m very sorry to see this. It was always good to see Ono, a cheerful and friendly guy, who nevertheless had some sad times – a good man. My particular condolences to the boys.

  • Carol Evans says:

    Dearest Curatolo family – I am so very sorry for your loss of dear “ONO” – I came to know him when he installed a wonderful screen in my apartment and didn’t know until a while later that his last name was “Curatolo’ and it took me back to fond memories of his brother Vince & lovely daughters Juhlie and Lesa who were students at Immaculata where I was secretary — so many fond memories — I will keep you & family in my daily prayers and God Bless you all

  • Anita and Shaun Kohut says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Curatolo family. May God continue to comfort you and your family in this time of loss. May Ono’s memories give you strength.
    Love Anita and Shaun Kohut and family

  • Tony Gaspari says:

    Our deepest condolences to Onofrio`s family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Ono` passing, he was a dear friend who was always available to help anyone in need. He was a really good man and will be dearly missed by all.
    Tony and Jeanne and family.

  • Sabina Spadafora says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with you are may he rest in peace it was so good to have met him such a great Man

  • Lisa says:

    So sorry to hear of Ono’s passing. I met him many years ago through my dad, Art, and I didn’t know him well but have always enjoyed crossing paths with him over the years. Such a friendly, outgoing and considerate person. Rest in peace Ono.
    Lisa Bregolisse and family.

  • Diane Petheriotis says:

    Mario and family – deepest condolences to you all for the loss of such a great man. You’re in my thoughts.

  • Scott Percival says:

    Our Condolences to the family. . He was full of life! Peace be with you
    Scott and Veronica Percival

  • Mack Massoumi says:

    Our condolences to you and your family. Long live his memories. He will stay alive in our hearts.

  • enza and liberato maiorino says:

    rest in peace our wonderful cousin always in our hearts

  • Hensie Jensen says:

    Thinking of the great memories you left behind. I miss our dancing uncle Ono.
    Even it hurts, but you are forever remembered.

  • Walter & Donna Morel says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Curatolo family. Unfortunately we missed in person but watched the livestream, but we will also visit Onofrio regularly when visiting the Gardens. Ono was always good to myself and family but his family was always his pride and joy. He will be missed.

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