AMODEO, Michael William - Passed away peacefully at the Westgate Lodge Nursing Home on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in his 86th year.
Michael was predeceased by his wife, and the love of his life, Elizabeth Jovita (nee Murphy).
Cherished son of Vincent (Jim) Amodeo and Rose (nee Cirivello), both born in Chicago and immigrated to Canada (i.e. Toronto/Kingston) at a young age.
Loving father of Susan Amodeo, Cathy Lewis (David), Jeanne Amodeo, Paul Amodeo (Lori) and Mark Amodeo, as well as 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Will be missed by sisters, Sr. Virginia Amodeo of Providence Mother House of Kingston and Frances Brown of Kingston, together with his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters, Sally O’Leary of Belleville and Antoinette Amodeo of Kingston.
Michael and Jovita lived for their family. Their home became the central gathering place for second and third generations of the family and we all have amazing memories of the wonderful times together. Michael’s kindness, wisdom and clever sense of humour will be greatly missed by all.
Michael grew up in Napanee, where his family operated a Produce Market on the main street. As a teenager, Michael moved to Belleville with his family and operated a Produce Wholesale business with his father.
In 1955, Michael opened up his own business, Amodeo’s Food Market, at 109 North Front Street, Belleville (where the Pasta Shop is now). Through hard work and relentless determination, the business thrived. In 1965, Michael realized his dream of building/designing his own store, with the opening of his new modern Super Save grocery store at 242 North Front St (where the Royal Bank is now).
Michael, a true visionary, believed the location was ideal, even though the only commercial properties north of his new store at the time was, the Sun Valley Motel, Elliott Motors, Tops Motel (later the Blackhawk) and Charlie Scott’s livestock sales barn.
Michael semi-retired in 1978. In semi-retirement Michael was involved in Real Estate sales and was a consultant for the Federal Business Development Bank.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful caregivers of Westgate Lodge and Tender Loving Companion Care (Tracy Wright, owner). A special thank you to individual caregivers, Christina (Chrissy) Cafua, Donna Guilfoyle and Katie Sheppard for their amazing kindness and care to our father.
Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at the Burke Funeral Home, Belleville on Friday, January 12th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 169 North Park St., Belleville on Saturday, January 13th at 9:30 a.m. Reception will follow at Linguine’s Italian Restaurant, 257 North Front St. Interment at Marysville at 3:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.