The family and friends of Dino D’Agostini sadly announce his passing on August 16, 2014 at the age of 97 in Fort Frances, Ontario. Dino was born in Toronto on April 2, 1917 to Teodora and Filippo D’Agostini. The D’Agostini family later moved to Espanola and then settled in the Gatchel area of Sudbury where they lived in a house that had no basement, toilet or running water. It was in Sudbury, where Dino worked as a Conservation Officer, that he met the love of his life, Gertrude McMullen. Gert and Dino were married on June 15, 1951. Dino’s career took them from Sudbury to Thunder Bay and then to Fort Frances where he retired as the District Manager of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Throughout his career, Dino’s fairness, character, and common sense approach earned him the respect of peers, the industry, and members of the public alike.
Dino was the ultimate outdoorsman and shared his passion for fishing and hunting with generations of friends and family. Many stories of the Manion Lake moose hunts, Rainy Lake duck hunts, and limits of fish on secret lakes have been shared over a glass of Dino’s homemade wine. To all he met, he left an impression as large as his size 14 boot print. He was also a generous member of the Fort Frances community; many local organizations have benefited from his benevolence over the years.
Dino is survived by cousins Astride, Dempsey, Nelly, and Alfred in Espanola and his beloved nieces and nephews, Faye Grutzmacher, John (Molly) Boudreau, Joyce (Ken) Fynn, Lynn (Ron) Dougherty, Judy (Jeff) Molson, Randy (Debbie) Gervais, Wanda (Greg) Milne, Gordie (Lynn) McMullen, Jim (Marie) McMullen, and Daryl (Cathy) McMullen and their families. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Ethel Hache and children, brother-in-law, Willard Gervais and special friends, Dick and Carol Lyons, Jack and Elaine Allen, and families, and Kevin, Monique, Cameron, and Lauren Penney. Dino was predeceased by his loving wife Gert, his brother Irvie, his parents, his sisters-in-law Fosty Boucher and Edith Gervais, brothers-in-law Stanley McMullen and Norris McMullen, and his dog, Satch.
A memorial mass will take place at St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:00am, Father Victor DeGagne, Celebrant. Interment will take place in Fort Frances Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fort Frances Public Library, Knox United Church Renewal Fund, or St. Mary’s Church, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario. Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com