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Conegliano, farewell to the Alpine Giorgio Bortot: he was president of the Canadian black feathers

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Giorgio Bortot with a model of the Bassano bridge he made

The emigrant lived for a long time in Ottawa, where he obtained the construction of a monument to the black feathers, and also founded the first Ana group “Alpine women”. Passionate about modeling, he died at 89

CONEGLIANO. Starting from the hamlet of Crevada in search of fortune in the 1960s, Giorgio Bortot has become a symbol of the Alpine troops and emigrants who have always remained linked to their land. He had been one of the founders and president of the Ottawa Alpine Group in Canada. He died at the age of 89 following a long illness. His relatives who live in the Coneglianese area and also the black feathers remember him with gratitude.

“Remains the memory of his love for his homeland and the Coneglianese, where he regularly returned to every meeting of the Alpine troops, of which he was a great supporter”, tell the family. He was thirty when he emigrated to Canada, he continued to work as an electrician overseas. He often returned to visit parents, siblings and grandchildren.

In 1972 he was among the promoters of the Alpine section in the Canadian capital, of which he was first secretary and then president since 2006. Under his guidance, the Alpine Monument was inaugurated in Piazza Dante in the heart of Ottawa, a pride for the whole community of emigrants of Italian origin and which was also celebrated by the National Ana. During her presidency, the “Ottawa Alpine Women’s Group” was also created.

Giorgio Bortot was also skilled in manual work. In addition to having made a scale wooden model of the Ponte degli Alpini in Bassano del Grappa, which was appreciated among others by the ambassador Andrea Negrotto Cambiaso and was also exhibited in Conegliano, he designed a sieve for drying pasta. An instrument that became famous in the capital, so much so that it entered the “Canadian museum of history”. The sieve was in fact used in some fresh pasta production shops.

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