Perry Bortolotti

February 2, 1958

September 26, 2023

Perry Bortolotti, a man who discovered his passion for motorsports at a young age, grew up surrounded by love from his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and his large Italian family. His parents, Leo and Gloria, recognized Perry’s competitive nature and supported his dream of racing cars from the beginning. As the eldest of four brothers, Paul, Mark, and Mike, they were not only his siblings but also his co-pilots, co-conspirators, and pit crew.

Throughout his life, Perry’s fast-paced nature was evident both on and off the track. On September 26, 2023, with his beloved family by his side, he crossed the finish line of life. Perry’s achievements were admirable, including competing in the legendary Nordschleife after winning the inaugural 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. He was also an avid cyclist and skier, conquering some of the highest peaks around the world and embarking on thrilling adventures. Despite his numerous accolades, Perry treasured his family above all else. His marriage to his beautiful wife Lani was his greatest accomplishment, and together they built a life to be proud of.

Their home was a gathering place for friends and family, filled with entertainment and joy. Perry loved sharing his toys, from ATV rides to “Rock and Roll fishing,” and spending peaceful moments on the porch strumming his guitar with a glass of red wine. A true connoisseur, he collected wines from across the globe, declaring, “I never met a bottle of red I didn’t like.” Perry’s generosity and love lived on in his two sons, Tanner and Jordan, who formed a tight bond with their father, creating countless memories filled with laughter and mischief.

Music was an integral part of Perry’s life, and he loved to sing and dance, especially with Lani. Their extensive playlists and vinyl collection left a lasting legacy among music enthusiasts in the family. In recent years, Perry found new dance partners in his daughters-in-law, Jaime Picone and Lianne MacDougall, who blessed him with three beautiful grandchildren. Juniper, Lachlann, and Leo will forever treasure the memories their Nonno implanted in their hearts.

Perry’s warm personality, boundless generosity, and bear-like hugs will be cherished by his extended family, including his parents-in-law, Bob and Helen Tape, and his siblings-in-law, Danny, Derek, Donny, Stephen, and Kristine. Perry’s life was marked by his unwavering principles, and his loved ones will carry forward his favorite sayings, such as “Being rich is having a full table, not a full bank account,” “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and “Don’t poop in the powder room.”

A Funeral Mass to celebrate Perry’s extraordinary life will take place at St. Anthony of Padua in Ottawa. The family kindly requests donations to the Bladder Cancer Research in memory of Perry instead of flowers. Online condolences can be made on the website of Cole Funeral Services. His life will be commemorated with a joyous gathering in the Spring of 2024, allowing loved ones to celebrate the remarkable legacy Perry left behind.

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