Event Date : Wednesday, May 26, 1954
Event Type : Death
Description : Death came with startling suddenness last Wednesday morning to a well known Bradford resident, Mr. John Maurino. Mr. Maurino was very seriously ill last October and for a time it was feared that he would not recover from two thrombosis attacks. But he amazed his family and friends by apparently making an excellent return to health. He was warned by his doctors that he should not exert himself, but having led a very active life these instructions were given little heed as soon as he felt well again and last Wednesday morning he decided to cut some grass beside the house. He collapsed while at this task and was unconscious when Mrs. Maurino reached his side. He lived but a few minutes.Born in Turan, Italy, over 77 years ago, Mr. Maurino lived in his native land, and in France, until coming to the United States at the age of 27 where his first employment was as a chef at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. A year later he came to Toronto where he had the same employment at the King Edward Hotel. For a time he was a butcher in Toronto, then, deciding to be a farmer, he came to the farm on the fringe of the marsh 43 years ago, which he later sold to the late Mr. Peter Catania, and which is still the Catania home. When he left that farm in 1918 he bought the farm and home, the latter now the property of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Yeomans, from the late Mr. Skinner, and the family took up residence in Bradford. Three years later he sold this property to the late Mr. Earl James and built the present home on Holland
Street west.Mr. Maurino was married in Toronto 47 years ago in St. Patrick's Church to Mary Cavallo, who, with their family of three sons and three daughters, survives him, namely: August of Toronto; Mrs. James V. Catania (Aida), and Frank of Bradford; Mrs. Bolley (Laura) of Guelph; Mrs. C. Clark (Lena) of Sudbury; and Leo of Bradford. Two sisters, one in France, and one in South America also survive. Mr. Maurino was a devout member of Holy Martyrs' Church, Bradford.Very energetic and youthful looking, Mr. Maurino was supposed to be living as a retired farmer during the past ten years, but his energy did not permit him to rest and he usually was busily employed. He was cheerful and smiling and had many friends who mourned his sudden passing.The funeral was held from Holy Martyrs' Church on Saturday morning with services in charge of Rev. F. R. McGinn. Two of his grandchildren, Vincent Catania and Laurene Catania, the latter at the organ, as well as the church's Dutch choir, assisted with the Requiem Mass. Interment was in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bradford.The pallbearers were Messrs. F. Magani, Fred Doane, Leo Catania and Peter Siervogel, all of Bradford; A. Bidini of Toronto and Bruno Cavallo of Sudbury.