In Celebration of

Antonio Vincenzo Di Paola

March 21, 1932 -  March 10, 2019

Peacefully, on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Trillium Health Centre- Mississauga, in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Rosa. Loving Dad of Leo (Debra), Joe (Ann) and Mike. Devoted Nonno of Anthony (Michelle), Matthew (Shayna), Vincent, Christina and Sarah, and Allie, Nico and Julian. Adored great grandfather of Joey. Antonio will be lovingly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. (Hwy. 10, N. of the QEW), on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. Entombment Westminster Mausoleum. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Parkinson Foundation.


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Mary Anne Newton (cousin)

Entered March 11, 2019 from Munster, Indiana

So sorry for the loss of Tony. I will remember the visits to Canada, and the walks with Rosa and Tony. I will also remember his wine which never gave me a headache and tasted great! Tony was sensitive and funny. He will be missed.

Maria Fucito (Cousin)

Entered March 11, 2019 from California

Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. We loved Tony very much,. We know he will be missed by everyone's lives he touched.

I will always cherish our last visit with Rosetta and Tony. My wonderful memories of that visit will last me forever.

Maria & Joseph

Graham & Andrée (Friends of Mike)

Entered March 12, 2019 from Oakville

Our deepest condolences to Rosa, Mike and family. Mike always spoke highly of his dad and know that he was loved and will be missed by all.

James Neophytou (Friend of Family)

Entered March 13, 2019 from Aurora

On behalf of the Neophytou Family we send our deepest condolences to the Di Paola Family on the passing of Mr. Anthony Di Paola.
He was fun to be around and greeted us always with a smile. He was a sweet man!
Mr. Di Paola is in a better place now & may his memory be eternal.
May GOD Bless his soul!

Gino Vitelli & Lisa Capalbo (Nephew)

Entered March 13, 2019 from King

Zia Rosetta , Leo, Joe and Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. Zio Tony was the kindest man. Always laughing and making me smile even when he came to visit when I was sick. He was a positive and strong man. He always had a funny story for us that taught us a life lesson. He will be missed. Gino & Lisa

Life Stories 

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Leo Di Paola (Son)

Entered March 12, 2019 from Aurora, Ontario Canada

Tonino as he was affectionately called, was born in Italy on March 21, 1932. He was orphaned and never knew his mother Michelina. She died when he was only a few months old – his father Leonardo died when Tonino was only two. Raised by his grandfather and later his aunts, my dad was a handsome blue eyed curly haired young man who grew up during World War II and the worst economic depression that followed for southern Italy. Trained to cut hair from the age of six, Antonio was street smart and very social with a passion and skill with games especially playing cards.
He married his next door neighbor sweet heart – our mom Rosa and they took a ship across the Atlantic to start a new life in Canada. Dad always cut hair – even won an award as a hairstylist – to provide for his family. He was a Toronto business owner and knew both the famous and ordinary of the city, but his passion was his family. Our dad taught us the value of family – and poured out his love on us all. He was in love with his grandkids and blessed to see his great grandson. Our dad exemplified a good, good father – always wanting the best for his kids, a model that each of us have taken to heart in our own homes.
Despite the illness of the past few years, dad will always be in our memories as a good and compassionate man carrying deeply for his family, his friends and everyone he encountered.
We will miss him deeply, but we look forward to seeing him again one day in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, in perfect health and exceedingly happy.


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