Vincenzo Bertucci was born in Pontecosi, Italy, in the region of Tuscany. His father, Cesare Bertucci, was born in Argentina, but moved to Italy at a young age. Cesare met the love-of his life, Anna Cavani, who lived in a nearby village. Cesare and Anna Bertucci lived in a small, rustic, old two bedroom apartment, in Pontecosi and raised four mischievous sons: Alfonso, Angelo, Antonio and Vincenzo.
Vince followed his brother and his brother's young family to Canada, fleeing from World War II, that was ravaging Italy. He met his beautiful Ukrainian wife, Valentina Bolotzky, an immigrant such as himself, at the plywood plant where they both worked on the assembly line. Vincenzo and Valentina had a very romantic courtship and got married in a fairy-tale wedding. At an appropriate time, they started having children. First born was Diana, followed by Paul Cesare, Theresa and Mark.
In 1960, Vincenzo started a Plaster and Stucco business, which serviced the Okanagan area of British Columbia. He became very successful because of his proprietary exterior wall-design creations, which are still visible all over Kelowna. Vincenzo Bertucci is one of the original founders and a Past President of the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club. He was instrumental in building the Italian Bocce Club and supports it to this day.
At the 2019, B.C., 55+ Games, Vince won the Gold Medal for Singles Bocce and Silver in Pairs Bocce. To this day, he has his long-time Italian friends over for Sunday lunches and card games. It has become another valued, Italian tradition.
Diana Bertucci, daughter
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