Was born in Paese, Italia on April 10, 1938 to Nicola and Angela Dotto. He was the third youngest of nine children. He worked for a while in a bakery, where he was able to take home day-old bread for his family. He then procured and completed a trade in masonry.
Luciano enjoyed playing ruby and loved bicycle racing. In 1960, after sustaining two broken wrists as a result of a cycling accident, he avoid having to go into the army by emigrating to Canada with the help of his brothers Joe and Pete, who were already here. Luciano arrived in Canada on April 10, 1960. What a lucky guy—he celebrated two birthdays in one day because of the difference in time zones.
After working a few odd jobs in Vancouver, Luciano decided to venture with his uncle Bob to the mining town of Bralorne, B.C. Upon arriving in Bralorne, he met and married his wife of 49 years, Georgina (née Haggart). On Sept. 28, 1962 their son Nicola George was born and on Dec. 8 the following year they welcomed their daughter Rozel Angela.
During their 11 years in Bralone, Luciano was employed as an underground miner. He enjoyed all that Bralorne had to offer, such as fishing, hunting, curling, indoor marksmanship and weekends at Big Gunn Lake with family and friends. In 1971, the mine in Bralorne shut down so Luciano’s family—along with 58 other Bralorne families—made their way to Houston, B.C., to jobs at Bradina Mines.
Unfortunately, Bradina Mine also closed three years later. Luciano found masonry work in Prince George, where he was employed as a bricklayer. It was in 1976 that he opened Dotto’s Masonry in Houston. He helped construct several buildings that are still standing in Houston’s industrial site as well as many unique, one-of-a-kind fireplaces. In 1977, Luciano found work at Northwood Mill as a carpenter’s helper, while continuing Dotto Masonry as a side business. Luciano stayed on at Northwood until 1985, when a 20-foot fall off a ladder forced him to retire from the workforce.
In 1978 came the family’s biggest addition, which happened to be a young 14-year-old girl named Lea Ann Teresa. She became their third and final child.
During his years in Houston, Luciano became a 25-year of the Lions Club. He killed his one and only moose in Houston in 1972, after which he put away his rifles and took up golfing, snowmobiling, curling, and fishing of course. He was never so proud as the day he got his Pleasure Craft licence in 2010—he had a grin from ear to ear.
Luciano also became a very skilled wood crafter, turning his garage into a very productive woodworking shop. Nine times out of 10, if you were looking for Luciano, that’s where you would find him. He made many beautiful chests and a variety of other items that were handcrafted from exotic woods.
After being diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukaemia (CLL), Luciano again needed to change his pace. He took up playing cards with a wonderful group of friends, camping and travelling in his red “LUCI-D” camper van, and taking his best friend Coco (a chocolate lab) out for exercise.
Luciano often used to say to all his grandchildren, “You are born, you live and you die. It is not how you were born or how you die, but how well you live your life.” Luciano lived what he taught.
Luciano is pre-deceased by his father Nicola, his mother Angela, two baby sisters, his sister Leonardina and his sister Flora.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Georgina, son Nicola, daughters Lea Ann and Rozel, grandchildren Mathew, Brett, Jonathan, Devynn and Hayley, his godchildren Jeramy (Laura) and Danya (Roger), his sister Ines (Tarcisio), his brothers Joe (Royanne), Pete (Virginia), and Santo (Marie), his sister-in-law Verlie and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.