Notte, Mike #231

Mike and Lundy Notte

Honoured by daughters Joy (Peter) King; Jane (Ford) Morland; Kelly (John) Hammer; and Christy (Perry) Graham.

Mike and Lundy are true North Bay natives. Born in 1916 and 1923 respectively, they were children of Italian immigrants who came to Canada to work on the railroad.

Dad was the only brother of five sisters living on Percy Street and was the only child who left home to pursue a university degree as a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. He put himself through school by working at various pharmacies in the North Bay area and entertaining at local watering holes on the piano. He purchased a McIntyre Street building with Drs. Al Griffin and Grant McIntyre and for 40 years owned and managed Notte’s Pharmacy, which served the area, including the prominent Italian community. He was an active member of the Pro Cathedral of the Assumption, singing in the choir and serving as a Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing baseball locally and also took his daughters regularly to watch him play bocce with his friends at the North Bay gravel pit. After the death of Lundy, he moved to Walkerton, Ontario to be closer to his family. He led a simple and prayer-filled life until December 8, 2012.

Mom was born Yolanda Cipparone, the only child of John and Angelina who not only worked on the railroad, but also owned a small grocery store at the corner of McIntyre East at the exit to the Lakeshore overpass. Lundy studied to be a teacher at the North Bay Normal School but also held jobs as an administrator at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  She always found time to travel through Europe, including Italy, before she married. She was a stay-at-home mother to her four precious daughters and she was also an active member of the Catholic Womens’ League.  She was very proud to have sponsored Vietnamese families as immigrants to Canada and the North Bay area. Lundy doted on her three grandsons and lived life to the fullest, despite living through non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for thirteen years before her untimely death on February 16, 1997.

Mike and Lundy a.k.a. Mom and Dad, Nana and Papa, are lovingly remembered by their four daughters and their partners as well as by their grandchildren Andrew (Brittney), Sean (Alex), Brian, Gillian, Audrey, Bennett and Daniel.