Gregory Joseph Arduini

September 4, 2023

In Loving Memory

Gregory Joseph Arduini

It is with profound love in our hearts that we said our final good-bye to Gregory Joseph Arduini, our Dad, Husband, and Nonno, affectionately known to others as brother (in-law), uncle, cousin and dear friend. 

Greg is survived by his wife of 61 years, Leslie Arduini. 

Children – Paul (Candise) Arduini, John (Corissa) Arduini, Lisa (Richard) Andrews and Trish (David) House.

10 grandchildren – Josie, Sierra, Bailey, Dane, Chloe, Aidan, Keenan, Kolbie, Jen, and Sarah.

1 great-granchild – Nadia  

9 Siblings – Vicky (Jack), James (Emma), Tom (Jan), David (Marianne), Christoper (Moe), Vincent (Stephanie), Teresa (Sam), Catherine (Jen), Monica (Chuck) 

Sisters-in-law – Marti, Dee and Sylvia and brother-in-law, Bob, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

Predeceased by his parents, Victor and Patricia Arduini, brothers Timmy, Peter, Paul, and sister Mary.  

Greg was born on September 11th, 1941, in Kamloops BC. He was the eldest of 14 children, to parents Victor and Patricia. Greg attended St. Ann’s Academy from grades 1-12, and post-secondary at Vancouver College, making lifelong friends along the way. While attending college, he was hired by the Hudson’s Bay Company to manage their shoe department. Here he met and married his lifelong partner of 61 years, Leslie West. They resided a short time in Powell River, however, Kamloops kept calling their name. His father Victor was ready to retire from the family shoe business, and Greg and Les were ready to invest in their future. They proudly purchased Arduini’s Shoe Store, and made Kamloops their permanent home. Together, celebrated by patrons, family, and friends, Arduini’s Shoe Store celebrated 104 years in operation before officially closing the family run business.

Greg’s outgoing personality shone throughout his lifetime in the many loves near and dear to his heart. Family first and foremost, he instilled in us these wise words, “never go to bed angry, at the very least always say I love you.” Greg held special affection for his grandchildren and them for their Nonno. He proudly passed down his love of his Italian heritage, which will forever shine on in them.   

Greg had a deep love for all that encompassed hunting and fishing, and a deep respect for the hunting grounds and fishing lakes. Early morning hunts and night flights occupied many hours spent together with friends and family. His knowledge of backroads connected endless fishing lakes.

Greg’s love of music touched many. Learning piano as a six-year-old boy, he went on to play in a jazz band with lifelong friends. They entertained many, playing for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, beloved Colombo Hall dinners, and countless others. Christmas was a particularly magical time, entertaining all who dropped in. If there were keys available, Greg would happily sit for hours and play right into our hearts.  

Social should have been Greg’s middle name, and he loved big. You could often find him enjoying “work” day mornings with the Coffee Gang, on the golf course, serving dinners at Colombo Hall, playing piano at Ponderosa Lodge, or enjoying the cabin at Little Shuswap. His home was always open to friends and extended family. Leslie was no stranger to 5:30 pm phone calls asking to set another place at the table. A glass of wine with friends and family was a daily occurrence. In keeping with Greg’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Please join us in raising a glass for our dad, husband, and friend.

Till we meet again Greg…Ciao!

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Alzheimer’s Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to to plant a tree restoring our forests.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-554-2324 F: 250.554.3505

665 Tranquille Rd #4,
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H7

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 7

  1. Lita Sakakibara says:

    My deepest condolences. I’m saddened to hear this news. I worked for Greg many years. He was a great boss. He loved his store. We will all miss him. 💕

  2. Reno and Marie Fabbro says:

    We are so so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. He was a wonderful person. He always had a smile and will be missed by all.

  3. John Coughlan says:

    May he rest in peace. To the family sad to read of your loss.

  4. Harold Lavack says:

    For many years enjoyed his presence at the Coffee Club.
    Greg was a kind, thoughtful man, fun to be around.
    He walked every morning from his home to the coffee club, which was originally started by his father and his friends.
    Greg will be missed, a well thought of individual by all who came in contact with him, in business Or personally.
    You will never be forgotten.

  5. Al & Jean Harison says:

    Dear Leslie and very very large family, we send our sincere condolences ,a man very much loved respected and knew how to love and live a life in full. I know Greg you will be very much missed , I know your love of life and family will live on forever in all those you have touched❤️

  6. Maureen Gagne says:

    Sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. Condolences to his family. Art always talked well of Greg.

  7. Leanne Thiessen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Greg was such a sweet soul. I only had the pleasure of serving him for a few years at on the rocks. But he always made my day. I Even pretended it was his birthday so he could satisfy his sweet tooth with a free dessert ! Rest easy Greg !

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