It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved mother and grandmother, Maria Santaguida, 90, who passed away in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 9, 2021.

She was born to her late parents, Giuseppe and Teresa Galati, Jan. 22, 1931, in Vallelonga, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy. Maria moved to Canada in 1956, and married the late Giuseppe Santaguida in 1958.

Maria is survived by her daughters, Maria Tucci (the late Dominic Tucci), Teresa Maio (Tony Maio), her grandchildren Louie Tucci (Katherine Tucci), Elizabeth Tucci, Dominique Tucci, Domenic Maio, and great granddaughter Valentine Tucci.

Beloved sister of the late Fortunato Galati (the late Anna Galati), Vincenzo Galati (Vittoria Galati), the late Vittoria Bellissimo (the late Domenico Vincenzo Bellissimo), the late Domenico Galati, the late Gaspare Galati (Maria Rosa Galati), Bruno Galati (Maria Galati), Antonio Galati (the late Carmela Galati), and Vito Galati (Teresa Galati).

She will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly.

We will cherish our wonderful memories centered around the kitchen table. Her generosity, kindness, and traditions will be carried on by her family.

The family requests that donations are made in support of The Canadian Cancer Society, in lieu of sending flowers.

Information regarding the link for participation in the zoom visitation service may be obtained by calling the funeral home at 416.603.1444.  The livestream of the mass will be available on the St. Peter's Church website


Due to the current Covid - 19 restrictions in Toronto that allow a maximum number of guests to attend a funeral, the service details will be kept private and attendance will be by invite-only.

The family thanks you for your support and understanding during this challenging time.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


June 30, 2021
Connie Bellissimo Mezzone
To Maria, Teresa and families. I just heard of the loss of your mom. Please accept my condolences. I have fond memories of her. May your memories give you comfort..
June 18, 2021
Vincent Bellissimo
My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. She will definitely be missed by so many of her friends and family.
June 18, 2021
jim Pagiamtzis
On behalf of the Pagiamtzis family our deepest condolences. Maria Santaguida was our neighbor for 50 years. We will miss her kind heart and joyous smile.
June 18, 2021
Rosemary Galati
Our deepest condolences to the entire family. We wish you comfort and strength during this difficult time. She will never be forgot. Rosemary Galati-Fanelli and family.
June 18, 2021
Connie Alvaro
Mary, Terry, Our deepest condolences . Signora Maria was a women with a heart of gold. Rest In Peace. Connie Alvaro & Family
June 17, 2021
Victoria & Natalie Cesario
Teresa and family, We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please accept our condolences and may our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.
June 17, 2021
Teresa and Antonio Cardillo
Dear Maria and Teresa our sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. May she Rest In Peace.
June 17, 2021
Cathy, Allan & Justin Waddell
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a giving and warmhearted person. May you always feel her presence with you. Our sincere condolences.
June 17, 2021
Tina and Angelo Vellone
Dear Mary and Teresa, Angelo and I would like to send our hard felt condolences to your families during the loss of your mother. May her memory be a blessing and may she Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🙏
June 17, 2021
Dina Bellissimo, Silvana & Family
Our sincere condolences during this heartbreaking time. We will miss her warm phone conversations and our cherished friendship. May she rest in peace and God Bless.
June 17, 2021
Saverio Galati
Please accept our sincerest condolences.
June 16, 2021
Natalie Galati Andrade
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Zia Maria. She was a strong woman with a heart of gold. I feel blessed to have known her and I ,carry those memories close to my heart. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I hope time with help to heal your broken hearts.
June 16, 2021
Concetta and Cesare Ierullo
Dear Maria and family and Teresa and family, As you mourn the loss of a very special mother, grandmother and great grand mother cherish the memories of her love, her kind heart and her wise words. Our mothers were second cousins but were raised, loved and respected each other like first. They were named after the same nonna/zia "Maria de Cerza." Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences and know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Riposa in pace, cugina Maria. Cugini Concetta and Cesare Ierullo and family
June 16, 2021
Nancy Stiso
Dear Mary and Family, We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother and send you our heartfelt condolences and prayers. May she rest in peace. Nancy Stiso & Family
June 16, 2021
Elisa Rizzuto
Carissimi Maria e Teresa e la vostra famiglia, Vostra mamma era una donna con grande forza e piena di amore e di fede. Era voluta bene da tutti coloro che l'anno conosciuto. Per me e stata una grande amica e cugina. Oggi soffro e piango la vostra perdita e la sua manganza. Vostra mamma vivra per sempre nei vostri ricordi e nel vostro cuore. Sentite condoglianze, vostra mamma mi manchera, possa la sua anima riposare in pace. Cugina Elisa Rizzuto e famiglia
June 16, 2021
Carmela, Anna and Josie
Dear Mary and Teresa, We are very saddened to hear about the passing of your much loved mom. Maria was a friend to all, who gave her whole heart and soul to everyone. We spent our growing up years knowing and loving your mom since we only lived 2 doors away. Our mom and your mom cherished a very special friendship. We will all treasure that and keep it in our memories. Now we can only continue to live our lives the way they taught us, carrying on with their values. Mary and Teresa, find the strength to know that she is at peace now and free from pain and she has led a life of goodness that she shared with all. We wish to extend our most heart felt condolences to you and your families. We embrace you with the same love your mom had for everyone. With love, Carmela Maulucci, Together with Anna and Family, and Josie and Family.
June 16, 2021
Rose Bellissimo-Green
Dear Mary and Teresa my deepest sympathy for your loss I have wonderful memories of your mom She will be missed Rose Bellissimo Green and family
June 16, 2021
Sonia Malfara
Dearest Teresa and family, I my deepest condolences for your loss. May your mother rest in peace and all your wonderful memories with her live forever. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sonia Malfara
June 15, 2021
Mary Bernardo (Santaguida)
Mary and Teresa - sending Our most heartfelt condolences to the Santaguida Family. Your Mom, Commare Maria was very special. Whenever she called my Mom’s house, I often was able to enjoy a conversation with her. She was so kind and thoughtful - always thinking about the well being of others. She will always be remembered. She has left a lasting impression on all the lives she has touched. God Bless - heaven has gained an angel.
June 15, 2021
Olga and Nino Lonero
Dear Mary and Teresa my family was saddened with the news of your sweet mother’s passing. She was such a lovely and generous lady always thinking of others and knitting scarves for our little ones. May she Rest In Peace. Our deepest condolences.
June 15, 2021
Bernadette Trinidad (St. Patrick CSS)
Dearest Teresa, I send my deepest condolences for your loss. May eternal light shine upon your mother as she rests in peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. -Bernadette
June 15, 2021
Ninette D'Souza
To Teresa Maio and family and the other family members of Maria Santaguida: I would like to extend our sympathies on the passing away of Maria Santaguida, from the St. Patrick CSS Community, of which Teresa Maio is very much a part of. We are sad that the present situation does not allow us to offer our condolences and support in person, but we are thinking and praying for you at this time.
June 15, 2021
Gaspare Galati and Family (Salvatore, Pasquale, Anna and Families)
Maria, Teresa and Families, Our family is very sad to hear of Comare Maria’s passing. She was a very kind and generous woman. To our family she will always be very special. We hope you take comfort in knowing how much she was appreciated. We will miss her. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
June 15, 2021
Mary Suppa-Cornacchia
Dear Mary and Teresa, so sad to hear about the loss of your dear mother. She was my mom's friend and after my mom passed away, her and I continued to stay in touch. She was a special lady and I will miss her and the chats we use to have. My deepest condolences to you and your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Mary Suppa-Cornacchia and Family
June 14, 2021
Angela and Michael Kelly and Family
We were very sorry and saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was always thoughtful, kind and generous. Please accept our deepest condolences to you and all of your family. Our prayers are with you.
June 14, 2021
Caterina and Bob Erochko and family
We are so saddened to hear about your mother's passing. She was such a kind and lovely person and she will be missed. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies are sent to all of you.
June 13, 2021
Joe and Mary Galloro
Wishing you comfort and peace to the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your hearts. Our condolences to you during this time of sorrow.
June 13, 2021
Claudio and Lisa DiBerardino
Our deepest condolences.