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Lorne Douglas Villani

May 4, 1962 - May 26, 2014


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lorne Villani.

Lorne is survived by his loving parents Don and Rina Villani, his brother Robert (Cindy) Villani and his two precious nephews, Cole and Rylan Villani. A true testament to Lorne’s life is his many close friends whose lives that he touched over his 52 years. Although there are too many to list, he is survived by a special friend, Laurie Norman.

Lorne was born in Powell River on May 4, 1962. Soon after he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. At that time, the average life span of a child born with CF was five years. This diagnosis never deterred Lorne from living life to its fullest. He loved sports and enjoyed playing soccer, baseball, basketball and later on golf and hockey. Lorne also enjoyed his time up the lake at the family cabin “Twin Joy,” where he was totally at peace with himself and his surroundings.

Even though Lorne had CF, this did not stop him from helping Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise funds to help all children diagnosed with this terrible disease. Though he was never comfortable as a spokesperson for CF, Lorne was an integral part of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Chapter and was recognized in 1996 for his efforts. Through his tireless efforts and those of his family and friends, Powell River was a leading community in Canada in fundraising for research to fight this deadly disease. Because of these fundraising efforts and the research it provided, the average age of a CF patient has been raised from five years to the mid-30s.

In the past two years, Lorne’s health deteriorated which necessitated a double-lung transplant on June 5, 2013. The transplant was successful, but in the end, Lorne succumbed to a virus. He prolonged the inevitable with his strong will to live. Lorne thanks all of you for your never-ending support.

His family would like to thank all of the doctors across Canada who have assisted Lorne and family through this 52-year battle.

Lorne’s strength and zest for life will be missed by all of his family and friends.


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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Wendy Prosperi-Porta
Relation: Friend

I would like to send my condolences to the Villani family.
Lorne will be in our hearts forever, may he rest in peace.
Love Wendy

From: Adena and James Reimer
Relation: Friends

Dear Don and Rita,
Our hearts are aching for you. We are deeply saddened. We will always remember Lorne. We feel blessed to have known him, and your family. We send you all our love. Lorne will be very missed. With all of our love,
Adena and James

From: June Messmer
Relation: Friend

I am saddened. Some people our paths cross touch us in a very special way. The world improves for those who live in quiet inspiration. We must honor Lorne by embracing life. May you find peace in your memories. Love June Messmer

From: Karen Foster ( McDonald)
Relation: Friend

Heaven has gained a very special angel. Sleep well Lorne.❤️
Deepest sympathy to the Villani family, hold tight to all your memories.

From: Gloria & Wayne Lambert
Relation: Lung Transplant TGH

Our thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. He will be missed.

From: John & Susan Reid
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Dear Don, Rina & family ~ Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Lorne .He was such a nice guy and always seemed to have a smile on his face. He will always be remembered .

From: Reg and Cathy Beaudette
Relation: Transplant friends

Dear Don and Rina, We are so sad to hear of Lorne’s passing. It was our privelege to know the three of you last summer after Lorne’s transplant. You were such loving and devoted parents and were able to make time to welcome us into the transplant programme. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

From: Bob & Mary Lou McKinnon
Relation: Lung transplant friend

Dear rina & don. Sending you and your family our most heartfelt condolences. Lorne was an amazing guy who faced everything with strength and determination. It was a pleasure to cross paths with him and you two amazing parents. We are saddened for your loss.

From: Frank & Mona Byrne
Relation: Lung Transplant TGH

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Lorne. Our hearts are heavy right now. We feel so privileged to have known him and to have taken the journey of transplant with him. He will forever be in our hearts. We are praying for you all during this difficult time. Love, Frank and Mona

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 29, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

Church of the Assumption
7109 Glacier St.
Powell River, BC Canada V8A1R8

There will be a reception held at the Dwight Hall immediately following the service.

7109 Glacier St.
Powell River, BC Canada V8A1R8

Memorial Gifts

Flowers gratefully declined.  Donations can be made to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 573 Nature Park Drive, Campbell River, BC V9W 7Z9.



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