Anthony Petrina

Anthony Petrina

06 May 1935 - 27 March 2017


In your mind’s ear you can hear that voice, that deep, rich, comforting voice that signals it’s all going to be okay because Tony is here.


Sadly, Tony slipped beyond the horizon on the 27th of March, but still, even today, you can hear him telling you it’s all going to be okay.


After a lengthy fight to hang on and squeeze the most out of every day he had, Tony said goodbye to his loving family.


While he may have departed, his presence will forever be felt. His life is that of a Horatio Alger novel, a story of an impoverished young man who beat the odds.


Tony was born in the shadow of the smoke stacks of Sudbury and came of age down the road in Geraldton, Ontario.  He leapt into mining as a high school student, lying about his age to work underground alongside his father. Then left home and childhood behind at the age of 16.


But the life of a tramp miner was not the one he was destined to live. After graduating with an Engineering degree from Queens’ University in 1959, Tony was on his way to an audaciously successful career that saw him rise to the very top of the Canadian mining industry.


When he wasn’t at the helm of Canada’s largest gold producer, Tony sat as either a Director or Chairman for over a dozen resource-based companies, associations, and charities.


To suggest his life was only about mining, however, would be a misrepresentation of a man who most loved his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.


It was on a blind date on January 1, 1955 that Tony met Gloria, the woman who would be his forever love.


By 1960, BC was calling. Merritt would be their new home. And just a stone’s throw away lay Nicola Lake, a place that would become and remains a family sanctuary. The Petrina children would spend endless days and nights there wrapped in the warmth of family. Tony would putter away in the mornings, fixing this or that.  And in the afternoon, he would sink into his favourite chair beside the lake and get lost in the one of several books he was devouring.


Friends of the Petrina family always knew they could drop by for a visit, have a meal and enjoy a beverage.  Tony always welcomed additions to his tight-knit family.


With the eagerly anticipated arrival of his grandchildren, Tony was dubbed Dan Dan  – a name he resisted but eventually grew to wear with pride.


Being a grandfather was a role he cherished and it seemed as though he had spent his entire life preparing for it.


Tony was known to be a man of great integrity. He had no time for pretentious people, but always welcomed and was genuinely interested in people from all walks of life.  He had a reputation for being as comfortable with a chainsaw as he was in the boardroom.


Tony Petrina, everything you did, you did with the best of intentions and you gave it all you had.


You made a difference.


Tony is survived by his wife Gloria;  children:  Michael (Auri), Susan, Jennifer (Darrell), David (Jeanette)  grandchildren:  Nicholas, Georgia, Anthony (Jackson), and Sam;  brother:  Ronnie Petrina and sister Donna Schindel.


Please consider making a donation in Tony's memory to:

St. Paul's Hospital Foundation

or donating blood to: The Canadian Blood Services 


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