With his family by his side, Al passed away peacefully at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at the age of 85. Predeceased by his parents Lily (née Gianualano) and Ugo Mattiussi, his sister Carmen (Real) and brother Jack (Leona).
Beloved wife of Ghislaine Proulx. Loving father of Mark and Jason (Ceri). Maia’s proud and devoted grandfather. Lovingly remembered by ex-wife Diane Esther. Al will be sadly missed by his siblings Richard (late Micheline), Michael (Bonnie) and Clara (late Claude). He is sadly missed by his extended family Fran (Steve), Eric (Kim) and Conrad as well as his bonus grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.
Born in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, Al graduated from Ryerson before embarking on a remarkable career in the steel industry. After starting at Stelco in Hamilton, he moved to American Steel in Michigan before ending his career as Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations at Nelson Steel in Stoney Creek. As a specialist in his field, Al holds two patents in steelmaking processes. In retirement, Al embraced his hobbies of racquetball, badminton and golf and developed advanced skills in woodworking. He loved spending time with his friends and family and always enjoyed a good piece of apple pie.
As per Al’s wishes, there will be a private cremation. A celebration of life will be announced and held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy in Al’s honor, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Burlington Humane Society.
Posted in The Hamilton Spectator on September 13, 2021.