In 1913 Beniamino Scagnetti arrived in Sudbury from Italy and opened a general store on Wilfred St. in Garson, and later on Birch St.
Beniamino and his wife, Christina, raised nine children in Garson, including Ben and Ron, the founders of Mid-North Motors. In those days, Garson was not a pretty place: dirt roads unnamed streets and unnumbered homes. “It looked more like a mining town with all little shanties,” recalls Florence (Farenzena) Henry in the book Voices from the Past, Garson Remembers. Beninamo served on the Neelon-Garson town council in the 1930s and 1940s. He was also a prominent member of the Italian-Canadian community and was the first president of the Caruso Club in 1947.
In the 1930s, Beniamino expanded his business to Sudbury and opened a wholesale operation selling a variety of products. The family’s involvement in selling automobiles dates back to 1940s. In the 1950s, Ron operated an American Motors dealership in Sudbury, while Ben operated a Ford franchise in Garson and had a franchise for Toyota, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz and ACM. Ten years later, they opened Mid-North Motors, one of the largest GM dealerships north of Toronto. The dealership later became Mid-North Mitsubishi.
Beniamino died in 1967. Christina died in 1977. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are proud Italian-Canadians who continue to contribute to this community in many ways.
SCAGNETTI, Galdino “Fatty” Ranier -In loving memory of Galdino “Fatty” Ranier Scagnetti, 86 years, who passed away Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 at the Sudbury Regional Hospital -St. Joseph’s Site. Galdino was born in Garson 1921. He came to Sudbury in 1939 to run a family business. In 1942 he served in the Second World War overseas. He married Norma Toppazzini in 1946 and resided in Sudbury where he started his own business Sudbury Auto Body Supply. Loving father of Brian (wife Barbara), Peter (wife Jeannine) all of Sudbury and Brenda (husband Marcel Clement) of Glendale, Arizona. Cherished grandfather of Nancy (husband Allan), Brent (girlfriend Annik), Katarina and Victoria. Great grandfather to Evan and Hailey. Dear son of Benjamin and Cristina predeceased. Dear brother of Mafalda (Folly) Markle, Lillian, Ben (wife Helen) and Ron Sr. and Helen of Sudbury. Predeceased by three sisters Argentina, Inez and Diane (husband Nicholas Dellelce) and one brother Fermino. Dear brother-in-law of Mary Bernardi (husband Victor predeceased) of Sudbury. Predeceased by sisters-in-law Della Truant of South Porcupine, Carmen Sgrazzutti of Windsor and brother-in-law Bruno Toppazzini of Sudbury. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Galdino was a self made business man, owner of Sudbury Auto Body Supply. He founded the firm in 1961. The Scagnetti family goes back to a grocery store in Garson, for 95 years they have been part of the Sudbury Business Community, still thriving today operated by his sons. He also enjoyed working endlessly in his garden and was a member of the Sudbury Horticultural Society. Life member of Caruso Club, parishioner of Holy Trinity Church. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Alzheimer Society. The family wish to thank Dr. Roch, the nurses and staff at 4th Floor St. Joseph’s Site and For Seniors Only for their kindness, care and compassion. In honour and respect of Galdino, or as his family and friends knew him “Fatty”, the Sudbury Auto Body Supply will be closed Thursday, July 24th, 2008.