Silvio Theodore 'Ted' Trani, 90, passed away on Sept. 21, 2015, shortly after doing what he enjoyed, preparing 'the club' for the next night's dance. Survived by children, Christine Trani (Mike Freeborg), Dan (Cathy) Trani and Ted (Clara) Trani; grandchildren, Jen Trani, Brian Trani (Judy Marquez), Lisa (Matt) Jansson, Marc (Stephanie) Trani and Jason Hedges; great grandchildren, Jordan, Adaleena, Ariabella, Sofia, Giuliana, Gabby, Greta and Sammy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by mother, Celestrini (Lena); stepmother Ida; father, Alessandro (Alex) Trani; sisters, Ann Costello, Connie Passera and Kay DeVencenty; brothers, Renaldo, Gordon, Anthony and Flory Trani and Joseph Marino and their beloved spouses; and loving wife of 30 years, Gina. Ted was born to Lena and Alex Trani on October 23, 1924, in Lime, Colo. He grew up on the farm as a member of a large Italian immigrant family during the Depression under tough circumstances. The times didn't begin to permit him to finish his schooling. He worked hard at several jobs, then joined and served gallantly in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Shortly after returning to civilian life, he met a beautiful young lady he would marry. Even without a formal education, he was a highly respected, successful entrepreneur largely because he was a very principled individual who was literally 'honest to a fault.' He was highly intelligent and could teach himself whatever he set his mind to. With a bit of guidance, he taught himself accounting and 'kept his own books' throughout his career. He was manager at Newton Lumber and Colorado BMC before starting his own business, Trani Building Supplies/Trani, Inc. (dancing, dining and more.) It didn't stop there. He turned a love of dancing, extending back to his youth, into a business of teaching dance; then, from a business to a passionate, unselfish sharing of one of life's simple 'healthy' delights enjoyed by all cultures. Ted enjoyed watching Broncos football, of course, but dancing and teaching others to dance their way to happiness and longevity was his essence and his passion. With him, dance was far more than interaction between two people moving to music; it was communication between body and soul that transcended words. He was a living testimonial to how dancing and longevity go hand-in-hand. Throughout his life, he had an 'incalculable' number of friends and one of the things they liked the most about him was his 'quippy' sense of humor. Ted was a member of the Elks and Eagles. Visitation, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Informal 'wake' celebration and reception, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, at 2506 Lake Ave. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery with Michael Marino presiding and military honors by the Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team. Memorial may be made direct to your charity of choice. Let his memory be a motivation to 'get out and dance!' Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Lighting a long-dancing candle for this great, noble, graceful, generous soul. I am grateful and lucky to have known him, if only briefly. Prayers of comfort and support to his family and his (galactic!) community of loved ones. What a strong, beautiful dance.

  2. To all of Ted’s family and friends, our thoughts are with you. Ted was such a joy to be around. We had many hours of fun dancing and enjoyable conversation at Trani’s. We are so glad we had the opportunity to know him, experience his generosity, kindness and hospitality.
    Karen Isringhausen and Rick Paddock

  3. Ted, Clara, Lisa and Trani Family, your dad and grandpa was a great inspiration in our lives. He was a great mentor who taught me so much about the business world. His friendship meant the world to Jeff and I! He was a kind, gentle soul who would do anything for you! We will never forget him!

  4. Ted, Chris and Dan and families – I am so sorry to have read about your Father. I always enjoyed his zest for life. My condolences to all of you.

  5. What a joy to have met your father, Chris. His inspiration and love for dancing lives on in all whose lives he touched. His zest for life, the twinkle in his eye, spring in his step and compassionate nature is mirrored in you and the family he loved so deeply! You’re each and all in my thoughts and prayers. Wendie Stauffer

  6. Chris,Dan, Ted and Family ‘�� Chris, I am so glad to have seen your Dad
    again last year and cherish our time together with our Dad’s. Seeing him reminded me of his oh, sowonderful sense of humor and his zest for life.
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your whole family. Carla Lenzini

  7. Mr. Trani wa so kind and nice he was to all in our family (Tatom) while we lived on Overton. Our thoughts are with you and all in your family, Chris.

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