Obituary

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CAVALIERE UFFICIALE GIUSEPPE SIMONETTA

Passed away at Toronto Western Hospital on June 6, 2021 as the result of COVID-19, aged 92. Born in San Nicola da Crissa, Calabria, Italy on January 27, 1929 to Emilio and Filomena. Predeceased by his wife, Maria; sons Emilio and Salvatore ( “Sam”) and daughter, Filomena. Left to mourn him are his companion, Maria, and children Rosario (Lora), Tony (Jerran), Ralph (Domenica), Anna (Maurizio) and Lisa. He will be missed by numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren, nephews and nieces and many friends. Giuseppe was a much-respected and honoured figure in Toronto’s Italian community who worked tirelessly in many capacities on behalf of Italian newcomers to Canada. A pillar of St. Francis of Assisi Church, for almost half a century he organized the iconic Good Friday procession in Little Italy. His work with the Italian consulate serves as a lasting legacy to his dedication to both his native land and his adopted country. Figlio orgoglioso d’Italia che ha lavorato instancabilmente per migliorare la vita dei suoi compagni immigranti nel loro paese adottivo. I suoi innumerevoli contributi alla communita italo-canadese testimoniano la sua dedizione e devozione.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family.

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For those who wish you can join the Zoom Invitation/Link and pay your respects on Friday, June 11, 2021 starting at 3 p.m.

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For those who wish you can watch the funeral mass via livestream on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10 a.m. - St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church

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June 14, 2021
Helen De Cicco
My deepest condolences to Maria and the Simonetta Family.
June 13, 2021
Mary Marchese
With a heavy heart, sending condolences to Anna, Lisa, Roy, Tony, and Ralph. Your dad was a tough act to beat. A man with strong character, integrity and a heart of gold. A family man who passionately loved his family, his God, and his community. Always ending a conversation sending well wishes to my parents, my siblings, and my children. He did this with everybody. Truly an authentic man. He will be dearly missed. Rest in peace Zio.
June 12, 2021
Emily Mariconda
My sincerest and deepest condolonces to the whole family. We have lost a true trailblazer for the Italian community . God rest his soul and one day we will all meet again
June 12, 2021
Mary Cugliari
Cav. Simonetta was an incredible man. His devotion to St. Francis and the many people he helped was endless. The community has suffered a tremendous loss. My deepest condolences to the family.
June 12, 2021
Dori, Steve, Henry, Joe and Meike
We share our deepest condolences with the Simonetta family and all who loved Giuseppe, or Mr. Simonetta to us, his neighbours at 3 Gore Street. We so appreciated Mr. Simonetta's kind, caring friendship and we know we are among a great many who will greatly miss this much loved and admired man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
June 12, 2021
Susy Guadagnin and Dino Martino
Our sincere condolences to your family. Cav. Simonetta was a hard working lawyer who work tirelessly in helping our family. He was well respected and known both in northern and southern Italy. A tremendous leader in the Italian community.
June 12, 2021
Gerry, Gina, Theo and Jacob De Iuliis
We would like to express our sincere condolences to your family on the passing of Cav. Simonetta. He was always a sincere, caring and kind individual. He was so proud of his family and proud to serve the Italian Canadian community. He touched many lives and we were always so happy when we met him because he always had the time to ask how everyone was, he always remembered everyone. He was a pillar of this community and we will all miss him dearly. His was a life well lived but we will miss him.
June 12, 2021
Vincent Shany
CAVALIEREA fixture and pillar of our little community Took and gave pride with great humility A loving Father to both daughters and sons So many contributions, unforgettable onesA giving soul admired for his attributes Deserving of his many, well-earned tributes Stalwart and humble, to name but a few Many will and have tried to emulate youYour legacy will live on in honor and reverence Too much to list, a life filled with benevolence One of a kind who fought the tough fight We wish you farewell, as you enter the lightMany thanks are owed for your giving of time Organized and made sure, things fell into line Humble and honest, and old school of mind Another Mr. Simmonetta will be hard to find.Vincent Shany
June 11, 2021
Mrs. Filomena and Joanne Cioffi
Our deepest condolences to your family. Your father was a such a nice person and will be greatly missed. He was an icon to Little Italy community.
June 11, 2021
Nicola, Domenica, Pina, Vito, Giuliano Marchese
Compare Peppino, Di San Nicola da Crissa ha Toronto ni compagnasti. Tu eri lu prima ha Union Station aspetando pe nui appena arrivame di Calabria (San Nicola da Crissa). Doppu nu viaggio lungo, tu hai zappato na strada pe nui. Di Compare e di Cavaliere hai fatto troppo pe nui. Comu ti ringranziamo? Non c'e` ricompensa pe tutto che hai fatto pe nui. Come ficisti pe nui, LAVORASITI E` FICISTI PE TUTTI!!! Sullu Lu Signuri sappe tuttu lu BENE E` CARITA` chi ficisti. Sullu Lu Signuri ti po BENEDICE pe nu PARADISO di OPPERE grande e` piccoli -- TI LU MERITI!!!! Ha Compare Peppino, pe tutti gli genti chi aiutasti, non c'e` posto in cielo. Sullu LA MADONNA ti po dare la PROVIDENZA. Ora avimu nu deluri tremendu, ca non si qua cu nui....Cambiasti indirizzo, e` ha Union Station non aspetti piu. Sempre cu SPERANZA, come` tu insegnavi: "CON FEDE TROVI LA VIA..." Compare Simonetta anduve ni aspetti mo? "Uno per Uno alla Stazione di Paradiso aspettaro la nostra appuntamento...." Con tanto dispiacire e` tristezza, gli piu sentiti condoglianze ha TUTTI LA FAMIGLIA DI CARO COMPARE PEPPINO SIMONETTA!!! Grande Abbracci e` Bacioni, Nicola, Domenica, Pina, Vito, Giuliano Marchese XOXOXOXOXO GodFather Peppino, From San Nicola da Crissa to Toronto, you accompanied us. You were the first to wait and meet us at Union Station upon our arrival from Calabria (San Nicola da Crissa). After a long voyage, you cultivated a WAY for us. As our GodFather and Cavaliere, you've done so much for us! How can we ever THANK YOU? We can never compensate you, for all you have done. And what you have done for us, you have also done for so many -- always WORKING and DOING for others. Only God knows all the CHARITY and GOOD you've accomplished. Only God can grant you a PARADISE of Good Deeds Big and Small -- you deserve it!!! GodFather Peppino, for all the people you helped, the sky isn't big enough. Only our Divine Mother can provide for you. At this time, we are in pain and sorrow knowing you are not here with us. You've changed your address and you will no longer wait for anyone at Union Station. Always with HOPE, however, you taught: "WITH FAITH YOU WILL FIND YOUR WAY...." And so GodFather Simonetta, where can we find you now? "One by One you'll find me at Paradise Station, where I will wait for our appointment...." XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
June 11, 2021
Fiona and Greg Martins
Anna, Maurice and family Greg and I are so sorry to hear about your Dads passing. He was such a nice man. We offer you are deepest condolences. Sending hugs
June 10, 2021
Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Vogliamo esprimere a tutta la famiglia Simonetta le nostre piú sentite condoglianze per la scomparsa del Cavaliere Giuseppe, di cui conserviamo molti cari ricordi. La sua viva immagine nella nostra memoria è quella di un uomo dedito al servizio della comunità italiana e tanto ammirato per i suoi grandi ideali di fratellanza e solidarietà umana. Damiano, Domenico, Vincenzo e Maria Pietropaolo e famiglie.
June 10, 2021
Giuseppe Sportelli
A Nome dell'Associazione A.S.A.P.S. Polizia Stradale Italiana, di Toronto of Canada il Presidente Frank Padula e' unito con il direttivo Giuseppe Sportelli , Vittorio Campagna, Francesco Manchisi, Severino Martelluzzi , Mauro Fallico, Mario Vitale, Antonio Campagna Presidente della Marina Militare, Rinnoviamo le ns. piu' sentite condoglianze alla famiglia del Cav. Giuseppe Simonetta, lo ricordiamo un Grande Amico Eravamo sempre presenti a tutti gli eventi lo ricorderemo per sempre una persona gentile e sempre pronta a dare una mano a tutti ci mancherari tanto che Dio ti custodisca per sempre Riposi in pace. Vittorio Campagna, Giuseppe Sportelli.
June 10, 2021
Nick Sisi
My family and I would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the Simonetta family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🙏
June 10, 2021
Annamarie Castrilli and David Carmichael
The loss of Cavaliere Simonetta is a great one.. He was a pillar of generosity, caring for his community in so many ways. His ever present smile and his enthusiasm encouraged so many. He worked every day to make our society a better place for all. I was honoured to be his friend. Sentitissime condoglianze a tutta la famiglia Simonetta. La perdita di Giuseppe e' enorme. Tuttavia ha lasciato un patrimonio di generosita' encomiabile per il quale si e' meritato l'affetto di tutta la nostra comunita'.
June 10, 2021
Julia and Carman Cioffi
Our deepest condolences to the Simonetta family.
June 10, 2021
Alessandro Marrone
A tutta la famiglia Simonetta porgo le mie condoglianze. Sono rammaricato dalla notizia e mi stringo nel vostro dolore.
June 10, 2021
Mary Cornacchia
Voglio esprimere le mie piu' sentite condoglianze a tutti in famiglia, per la perdita del vostro caro, Cav. Uff. Giuseppe Simonetta. Che riposa in pace! Maria Suppa-Cornacchia e famiglia
June 10, 2021
Victor/Marilyn Galati
Our heartfelt condolences to the Simonetta Family.
June 09, 2021
Laurence Agnello
L'Associazione Nazionale Bersaglieri sezione di Toronto esprime le più sentite condoglianze alla famiglia del CAV. UFF. Giuseppe Simonetta. I Bersaglieri lo ricorderanno sempre con stima ed affetto.
June 09, 2021
Father Vitaliano Papais
Condolianze alla famiglia. Cav. Giuseppe era una persona meravigliosa, degnia di essere onorata. Una speciale pregiera. Fr. Vitaliano Papais
June 09, 2021
Network Child Care Services c/o Spyros Volonakis
"Blessed is the way wherein you walk today, for there is prepared for you a place of rest." On behalf of everyone at Network Child Care Services, we extend our condolences for Mr. Simonetta recent passing. He was a special individual with a sweet smile and beautiful nature, loved by everyone! May his memory be eternal!
June 09, 2021
Dominic & Rita Mazzotta
Good afternoon Ralph and Simonetta Family, My family would like to express our deepest condolences to you, and your entire family for the loss of your father. He was a cornerstone with the College Italian community and we have great memories at the Bar Sport. My wife and I will keep you and your family in our prayers and thoughts. Eternal rest grant unto Giuseppe, and let perpetual light shine upon him. With sincerest sympathies, Dominic & Rita Mazzotta
June 09, 2021
Teresa Pietropaolo-De Marco
Our heartfelt condolences to the Simonetta Family.Your father was a,caring,helpful and kind man.He will be missed.Teresa,Tony,Lisa,Cristina
June 09, 2021
Robert De Marco
To Roy and the Simonetta family. My wife and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of you. Your father was a very special man. We are very sorry for your loss.
June 09, 2021
Carmela Rende Commodari
My deepest condolences to all The Simonetta Family. Thank you Cavaliere Simonetta for all your hard work that you have done in our wonderful community. Eterno Riposo
June 09, 2021
Cianfarani Family, Gina, Maria, Marco e Roberto
Vi porgo le mie più sentite condoglianze a tutta la famiglia Simonetta. Riposa in pace Cav. Simonetta.
June 09, 2021
Periodico La Barcunata
L'editore Bruno Congiustì, il direttore Nicola Pirone, la redazione e i collaboratori esprimono le più sentite condoglianze alla famiglia. Il cavalier ufficiale Giuseppe Simonetta rimarrà per sempre nei nostri ricordi.
June 09, 2021
Victoria Lavecchia
condoglianze alla famiglia da parte della famiglia Lavecchia
June 08, 2021
Franco Marchese & Family
Deepest Condolences to the Simonetta Family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. 🙏🏻
June 08, 2021
Pina Rinella-Papp
My condolences to the Simonetta Family. He will be deeply missed . I always enjoyed chatting with Giuseppe always would ask how my family was. Rest in peace my friend.
June 08, 2021
Tony Petrini
My deepest condolences to the Simonetta Family Giuseppe will be deeply missed in the Italian community.May God Bless his Soul
June 08, 2021
Nancy Buglione
My deepest condolences to your family we lost a great man . I also lost Pino chiodo was always with Rocco. I am Nancy used to work at st Francis love to the famiy
June 08, 2021
Domenic Simonetti
Sincere CondolencesFrom the Simonetti Family
June 08, 2021
Mary Hunka
Vittoria Rizzuto and Family, Cathy Garaci, and Mary HunkaAnna, we want to express our condolences to you, and your family.We loved coming to the office, and having chats with your dad.
June 08, 2021
Joanne Dileo and Family
My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Simonetta Family. I was filled with grief and sadness when I heard about the sudden death of your dad Cav. Simonetta. No words may heal the pain you all may carry in your hearts. May the great memories and the love that your family shared with him comfort you all. He will truly be missed by all his friends and community, I know I will miss him a lot. Cav. Simonetta Rest In Peace God bless Gone but Never Forgotten
June 08, 2021
Associazione Nazionale Alpini Gruppo Autonomo Vaughan Canada
A nome mio, il nostro Consiglio e soci, desidero porgere le mie più sentite condoglianze alla famiglia ed ai congiunti del CAV. UFF. GIUSEPPE SIMONETTA. Danilo Cal, Capogruppo Alpini Gruppo Autonomo Vaughan
June 08, 2021
Bruno Crescia
Your are a big loss to all of us in this community. Always engaging and intelligent. There wasn't a single time that I didn't have a meaningful and warm conversation. You made everyone feel so easy to be in your company. Dear friend I know your family mourns for you but so do we who were privileged with your friendship. Rest in peace Cavaliere.
June 08, 2021
Bruno Crescia
Mr Simonetta is going to be missed by a large community. His loss will be felt. And especially by me. He was engaging and intelligent and warm every time I met him. I can't think of anyone ( of so many Italian Canadians ) who embodied the best of our culture here in Canada and that from which our immigrant parents immigrated from,Italy. He represented us well. He is a big loss to us. I can't imagine how big to his open-hearted family as well. Thanks for all your generousity and kindness over these many years that I was privileged to know you as a friend. Graceful and courageous, Cavaliere rest in peace.
June 08, 2021
Giovanna Rosa Iozzo and family
Our condolences to the Simonetta family, for the loss of a father, father in law, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed. May he RIP.
June 08, 2021
Giuseppina Carchidi, Bruna Carchidi and Family
Anna, our sincerest condolences to you and your family on the loss of this great man, Cav. Giuseppe Simonetta. This is a heartfelt and huge loss for the Italian community and the neighbourhood. Your father will always be remembered for his kindness and generous support to the community.
June 08, 2021
Caterina Pileggi and family.
Dear Anna and Family,Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your Father. He was a very special man, and he will be missed by many. Sending prayers to you and your family.
June 08, 2021
Liz Pires
To Ana and family,Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. My parents remember him when we lived on Gore street and at the processions at St. Francis. God bless him and bring you comfort.Liz Pires and family
June 08, 2021
Giuseppe Condello Sindaco di San Nicola da Crissa (VV)
Esprimiamo il cordoglio dell'amministrazione comunale di San Nicola da Crissa e di tutta la cittadinanza per la scomparsa del CAV. GIUSEPPE SIMONETTA punto di riferimento per i nostri emigrati in Canada, sia nell'ambito della sua attività lavorativa sia per la sua innata disponibilità ed umanità. A tutti i familiari giungano le più sentite condoglianze.
June 08, 2021
Antonella Tedesco
What a great man he was kinda and respectful and help so many people needed he was always there for you and the community. He will be missed my condolences to the family.
June 08, 2021
Antonella Tedesco
What a great man he was kinda and respectful and help so many people needed he was always there for you and the community. He will be missed my condolences to the family🙏
June 08, 2021
Grace Di Trani
My deepest condolences to the Simonetta family from Grace & Joe 🙏🙏
June 08, 2021
Maria Hui (Linda's B. sister on Beatrice)
My deepest condolences to the Simonetta family.
June 07, 2021
Mary (Cappellano) Colantonio
So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Father. My heartfelt condolences to all of you🙏❤️
June 07, 2021
NIKKI Taddeo
We are so saddened to hear of this wonderful man’s passing. He was someone that everyone knew on College Street and each of us had something good to say about him. He had a great sense of humour. He was kind and very helpful to so many people. He will be missed by his children as their spouses - and his grand children and family. He will be missed by his many friends and acquaintances. My heart goes out to the Simonetta family. God bless this beautiful man and May he rest in eternal peace.