VENDRAMIN, Gino (Cookie) - Some people believe that the reason why we're born onto this Earth is to learn love and to show love. It's that simple. If that's true, then the world has just lost a great student and teacher. It is with profound sorrow that the children of Gino Vendramin announce our father's passing on October 18, 2004 at the age of 74. In death, Gino has been reunited with his loyal wife of 48 years, Aune (Kivi) Vendramin, parents Zelinda and Ernesto Vendramin, brother Alfred, parents in-law Otto and Saima Kallio, and sister-in-law Flora Vendramin. Many people are grieving Gino's passage. At the heart of the circle is his immediate family; children Cathy, Donna, Peter (friend Heather Martin), Joe and Lorie (husband Rick Bazinet). Papa Gino will always be remembered as a special Grandpa to Tayler, Courtney, Chelsea and Brandon. He will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters: Alfred (predeceased) (wife Leah), Theresa Falconi, Lino (wife Flora (predeceased)), Edwin (wife Mary Anne), Nell (husband Reno Prenol) and Elgida (husband Jim Johnston); sister-in-law Vi Kivi; daughter-in-law Sharon; and many nieces and nephews. He will also be mourned by his special friend Jean McNair. Gino was one of the good guys in this world. He was a man of true humanity, integrity and compassion - a big man with even a bigger heart. He was kindly referred to by many people as "the salt of the earth". As a parent, our Dad was a much-loved coach and cheerleader, our moral compass and an endless source of strength and wisdom. He enjoyed the simple things in life, particularly time spent at the family cottage on Lohi Lake. He also loved music, stimulating conversations and laughter. Gino had a genuine love for people and he displayed kindness, respect and caring in all aspects of his professional and personal life. For more than 25 years he was employed at the Sudbury Hydro, retiring in 1988 as the manager for sales and marketing. In his retirement years, he took tremendous pleasure in teaching woodworking to adult learners. Our family is extremely grateful to the many kind and caring people who provided medical care and emotional support throughout our father's illness. We extend our heartfelt thanks to each one of them. To celebrate Gino's life, donations may be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, The Samaritan Centre, NEORCC or a charity of your choice. Resting at the LOUGHEED FUNERAL HOME, 252 Regent St. at Hazel Street. Friends may call between 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., Thursday, October 21. The vigil prayer service will be held at 8 p.m.. Funeral Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Friday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m..