RICCIUTI, Antonio 'Tony' – As he would have wanted it to be, with his children by his side, the “Commander-in-chief” returned “home” to be with his beloved mamma, pappa, brothers “Giacamo” and Marino, dearly loved wives Frances and Miria and son Giulio on January 4, 2018.
After 90 years of a life well lived, “Tony” will not only be reuniting with cherished loved ones, but now will be able to return to his beloved Casentino, Italy to enjoy music, dancing, good food and the picturesque scenery in the village in central Italy where he was born August 11, 1928.
Our dad would want you to know that he finished his “work” here. He raised 5 children, worked as a bricklayer in the construction industry in many places including Italy, France, Quebec, the United States finally settled in Burlington, Ontario.
He was a proud retiree of Stelco, actively involved in Hamilton Brick layers Union – Local 1, and Stelco Union Local 1005 where he strongly advocated for workers rights. He marched in many Labour Day parades in Hamilton, Ontario into his 80’s.
As many first-generation immigrants from the 1950’s, life was not easy settling into a new culture and world with few supports. There were many challenges to which he would often say “I did my best”. And that he did.
Tony will be missed by his remaining children, daughter Amy Gray and her husband Barry, son Rick and wife Sue, daughter and son Marie Ricciuti-Kenel and Tony, son-in law David Kenel and the apples of his eyes, grandchildren Paul, Sarah and Joshua.
He was predeceased by his son Giulio and loving wives Frances (nee Mosca) and Miria (nee Federico) brothers John and Marino. He will also be greatly missed by his dear friend and “dance partner” Juanita King who brightened so many of his days and shared in many family celebrations. We can’t thank you enough Juanita!!
Tony is survived by his “fratelli”- Giovanni and Benito Ricciuti, and “sorelle” Rina Toussaint and Milena Pozza. He will be greatly missed by his sister-in laws, brother in laws and many nieces and nephews.
Our dad was blessed with many precious friendships and had many fond memories of the special relationship he had with friends John and Rosa Merla. He attended many Italian festivities with them and they shared many of life’s journeys together. Their visits to the “villa” and Park Avenue Manor were so cherished by my dad.
Special thanks to the dear friendship he was blessed to have later in life – Barry Chadbolt. Barry the time you spent with our dad the last 6 years taking him for drives, listening to Italian music, arm wrestling with him, making him laugh and feeding him “mangia cake food” were priceless. You brought such joy to his sometimes very dark days. Thanks also to Christine Leakey, for the time spent at the villa singing and dancing with our dad, doing arts and crafts, taking him bowling and generally making him giggle. We are so thankful to you Christine!!
Our dad was so grateful for the exceptional care from the many caregivers at St Josephs Villa (that’s includes you Paulette), Park Ave Manor, Calacare, Comfort Keepers, and Bartimaeus – you all helped to brighten our dad’s days and make him smile while providing such professional care. We are all so blessed to have had you all there for our dad!
To help remember and celebrate our dad’s life we invite you to join us Saturday January 13th at 11:30 am at Dodsworth and Brown funeral home, Burlington chapel. There will be a service followed by a reception. Private burial to occur at a later date.