Alfonso Cino Remembered

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Article Originally Published in Hamilton Community News

Cino Auto Repair patriarch remembered for putting family ahead of business

Monday Oct 24, 2016 | By Mike Pearson

Stoney Creek businessman Alfonso Cino is being remembered for his infectious smile, his hard-working nature and his dedication to his family.

The Stoney Creek resident and patriarch of family business Cino Auto Repair passed away last Thursday, Oct. 20. He was 83.

The Cino name lives on in the auto shop Alfonso opened with wife Lina in 1984. Sons Luigi and Sergio now operate the business.

“Alfonso was a man who never put money in front of his family and friends,” said daughter-in-law Mirella Cino. “His wonderful smile and gracious personality will be truly missed by everyone.”

Alfonso trained as a mechanic apprentice with the Italian Navy before immigrating to Canada in the 1950s.

He was regarded as the top technician at the Stoney Creek Canadian Tire for 24 years before opening Cino Auto Repair in 1984.

 The business grew rapidly, expanding from two to four bays by 1986.

In 1990, the shop expanded to a nine-bay service centre with six auto technicians.

That same year, the shop became Stoney Creek’s first Drive Clean certified emissions testing facility.

Funeral visitation was held at Friscolanti Funeral Chapel on Sunday, Oct. 23, with a funeral mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish on Monday, Oct. 24.