Angelo Michael Seccaspina – Obituary

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  Angelo Michael Seccaspina

                                             May 8, 1949- 2014 

Angelo passed away peacefully on February 8, 2014 at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer. Dear son to Ida (nee Graffi) and the late Eliseo Seccaspina. Husband to Linda (nee Knight) and proud and loving father of Schuyleur and Perry. Beloved father-in-law to Stephanie (nee McGonegal).

Born on the 8th of May 1949 in Udine, Italy he immigrated to Canada in 1951 with his mother to join his father Eliseo in Sudbury, Ontario. There he learned the construction trade from the ground up from his father and became a master at everything he touched.

He excelled in his studies and graduated from Carleton University with a  degree in architecture. Not content to work for others, he built his first building along with his father at the age of 21. The Ultra Mod Apts. still stands today on Paris Street in Sudbury. His brief stint working for others in Ottawa ranged from a job at Minto Construction to being one of Olympia and York’s project managers for the construction of 240 Sparks.

Angelo always believed passionately that if something did not exist, he would create it. Not content with just construction, he opened the eclectic store Flash Cadilac on Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa with his wife Linda in 1974. From there he branched into real estate, slowly amassing his portfolio of properties.

In his spare time Angelo had a passion for hockey and became owner of the Carleton Place Kings Junior B hockey team for a few years while his sons played hockey. Angelo was a very private and compassionate man, and helped many a local businessman in need. He always strongly believed in the town of Carleton Place and invested his interest in many local properties.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.” Angelo fought cancer each day like a warrior in battle and never once gave up. He will be sadly missed and always be remembered for his keen business sense and never-ending energy, but more for the love he had for his sons. He knew in his heart parenting was one the hardest jobs you will ever have, but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors from the Ottawa General Hospital Cancer Treatment Centre, Dr.Roger Drake, and the nurses from Bayshore Home Health Care Services and St. Elizabeths.. Friends are invited to remember Angelo during visitation at the Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Ave, Carleton Place, ON on Thursday February 13th from 5-9.

Donations can be made in memory of Angelo to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital- 211 Lake Ave E, Carleton Place, ON K7C 1J4

 “See you soon!”

Angel Eyes-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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