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Pontiroli, Bice


1925 - 2021

Bice Pontiroli (Née Ferrari)

1925 - 2021

Bice, 95, passed away peacefully and painlessly at Elizabeth Bruyère in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on May 02, 2021.

Beloved wife of the late Alfredo Pontiroli. Loving and devoted mother of Mario, Ivor and daughter-in-law Ana Maria. Adored grandmother of Ivana and Nathan.  

Bice was born to Gulglielma and Fermo on May 16, 1925 in the village of Lalatta del Cardinale, Parma, Italy. She left home at a young age to work in Milano for a few years, then found work in Zurich, Switzerland where she met Alfredo. After getting married, Alfredo’s work took them to Montebello, Quebec to start their new life as Canadian citizens. She dedicated her entire life to her family, even in the last few years when her health declined.

Survived by her beloved sisters Giuseppina, Licia, Marina, Pinuccia, Yolanda, brother Gianni and by many dear nieces and nephews in Italy and Canada.

Relatives and friends will be received by Bice’s family at the

Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa,

419 St. Laurent Boulevard on Sunday, May 16, 2021

from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, public visitation will be LIMITED to ONLY guests that sign up for a specific time to attend. Time slots will be made available by calling 613-288-2689. Guests are asked to not attend if they are ill, have been in contact with anyone that is ill or have travelled. Guests are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are encouraged to only attend when their time slot begins.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of the Civic Hospital and Elizabeth Bruyère for outstanding, attentive and compassionate care.   For those wishing, donations can be sent to the University of Ottawa Heart Insitute.

Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa


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Ivor and Ana-María

Xương, the rest of our family, and I wish you our deepest sympathies over the loss of your mother.

Françoys Crépeau, May 7, 2021


Your dear mother had a very interesting life. I did not know that she started being on her own when so young ! She became very mature when others are trying to find their way ! Then she met your father while they were both away from home and moved even farther away ! And they were successful and rates ses two nice boys who were successful . Your mother could still dance the ‘tarantella”
a few years ago ! She was an amazing person and always enjoyed her company !
Now, your mother is gone to
A better life but you can enjoy
Fond memories of her.

Yolande Crépeau

Yolande Crepeau, May 7, 2021

Famille Pontiroli

Nos plus sincères condoléances, de la famille Attilia Paradisi.

Famille Paradisi, May 7, 2021

Ivor, Ana Maria, Ivana and Nathan

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We always enjoyed our times with her. She was a delight to talk to and her cheerful spirit was always uplifting.

Our sincere condolences.

Jim & Anne Baxter, May 8, 2021

Mario and family

Bruce and I are so sorry for your loss. I never met your mom, but was always impressed by how lovingly you spoke of her. You were blessed to have such a beautiful relationship with your mom.

Gemma Best, May 11, 2021

Mario and family

Dear Mario,
So saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful much loved and extremely adored momma. I only saw her once from her doorway, she had such a lovely warm and expressive smile and her love of you beaming brightly from her face. You were all so blessed to have each other and to continue to be so close with her all her life. Sending you deep condolences, love and hugs. xoxo

Leslie Carlin, May 11, 2021

Mario Pontiroli

I'm so sorry for your loss Mario. I know how close you and your Mom were but I'm sure you take comfort in the fact that hers was a life extremely well lived.

Eric Watterud, May 11, 2021

Mario and Ivor,

We extend sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I will remember her with great fondness and hope the many beautiful memories that you have will provide comfort at this difficult time.

John & June Abbenda, May 11, 2021


My condolences for your loss Mario. I am glad that you have so many wonderful and loving memories to treasure.

Erin Cosby, May 11, 2021

Mario and Family

Sending you our most sincere condolences to you Mario and the family.
I recall the many times on our phone calls that you were off to see your mom at the cottage and do some work around the house for her. You always held her in high regard and loved her dearly. Reading about her life, I can tell she was a very strong and woman setting out on her own at a young age and then traveling to a new country with Alfredo to find home in Canada.
God Bless!
Natasha, Rob, Maxime

Natasha, May 11, 2021


Thanks for letting me know. I am back into serious hiding maybe see you later in the summer. I can be found in our side yard if warm enough. Sam

sam holman, May 11, 2021

Mario Pontiroli

Mario, although I have never had the pleasure of meeting your mother, over the years, I have witnessed the loving care and devotion provided by you to your mother. The kindness and thoughtfulness demonstrated by you, ensuring her needs and care were the highest priority over the years. That she had her chocolate, her wild mushrooms and the pleasure of her your company. What more can a mother ask for? Your actions not only demonstrate the loving man you are, but the woman, Mamma she must have been to hold such an important part in your live.  

Please except my sincerest condolences for your loss.


Amanda Murray, May 11, 2021

Mario, Ivor, and family

My deepest condolences on the passing of your dear momma, a.k.a your "best friend".

What a truly special woman she life to the fullest and enjoying all her passions right up to cheering on her SENS to the end.

I got to know her well in our younger years when I would stop in after school at the Bell Confectionery, where she would check up on your dad. Mario, on a few occasions, I overheard her telling you that of all you friends, I was her favorite! So you can add great judge of character and taste to her special gifts.

Dear friend, I know you will miss your momma, and so will I and all that had the privilege to have met her.

Your friend, Sergio

Sergio Petrella, May 11, 2021

Mario and family

Pennie and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and wish to pass on our condolences to you and your family. I know how much you were involved in your mother's life and how deep the loss will be felt.

Pat and Pennie Eagen, May 12, 2021

Mario and Ivor

Yvonne and I would like to offer our condolences on the passing of your mom.
At 96 she lived a long and full life with her boys and grandkids nearby.
Take solace in how close you were to your mom and that she is now reunited with your dad.

Pete McCrank, May 12, 2021


I’m sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I used to love hearing your chats with her in Italian at work. I know she was very special and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Cathy Rowe, May 14, 2021

Dear Mario, Ivor, Ana-Maria and Family

We were so sorry to hear that your dear mother passed away. We will always have fond memories of Mrs. Pontiroli. She was a wonderful woman. May the memories you shared with your mother always stay close to your hearts. Our sincere condolences.

Anna-Maria, Pina, Orlando and family

Orlando Andrella, June 13, 2021

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