In Celebration of

James (Jim) Hanford Oreto

August 2, 1950 -  January 14, 2021

With his loving wife and eldest son by his side, peacefully passed away in his 71st year on January 14, 2021. The bravest of fighters and jolliest of souls, Jim will always be remembered as a truly kind, humble, giving and loving man. Loving husband to Isa Cassano. Adored and devoted father to James, Stephen (Katarina) and Amanda (Joshua). Brother to Fred, Anthony (Margie), Rick (Karen) and Tina (Dave). Most loved uncle to Jason, Kathleen, Matthew, Kevin (Rebecca), Caroline, Daniele (Lucia), Candice, Antonio, Joseph, Michael, Stefanie, Anthony, Dina (Francesco), Terra, Jamie, Julia, Natalia and Piero. Preceded in death by his parents Fredrick and Alma Oreto and his nephew Brendon Oreto.

Jim will be forever remembered for his genuinely kind soul, for always being ready to lend a helping hand and for his incredible baking skills. He stood as a pillar of strength to all those around him. Jim’s legacy will forever live on through all those who were lucky enough to be touched by his light. His impactful time at Bill Bolton Arena was always a point of pride for him. He was proud to provide a supportive, and safe place for countless youth and adults alike. His life work will be felt by many, especially through his children, who always felt their father’s pride in them.

Jim’s family wishes to express unending gratitude and appreciation to Jenny and Angelo DiFrancesco, and Scott Wonnell for the unconditional love and support they gave to Jim and his family during both happy and difficult times.

No service will be held at this time. Jim’s life will be celebrated at a time when all those who loved him can safely gather and raise a glass to this remarkable man.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Canadian Cancer Society or The Brendon Oreto Foundation is requested.


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Fatima perrotta (Babysitter for his kids)

Entered January 17, 2021 from Puslinch

I am lost for words, Our deepest condolences to the family. May you R.I.P. prayer 🙏🙏🙏 going to the family.
Fatima 😢🙏

Anthony Di Francesco (Nephew)

Entered January 18, 2021 from Mississauga, Ontario. Canada

The impact that Uncle Jim had on my life is immeasurable. I would not be where I am today or the person I am today if it wasn't for his love, support and guidance. He was a truly special man that would give you the shirt off his back, bake you your favourite dessert, give you a job when you needed one or help you in any way that he could. He truly was a person that had a heart ten times bigger then he pretended it was, but every person that had the honour of meeting or being a part of his life knew exactly how loving and special he truly was. Thank you Uncle Jim for all you've done for me my whole life! I love you and will forever miss you!

Hames& Lori Cassano-Morrell (Sister and brother-in-law)

Entered January 18, 2021

Jim will always be remembered as a great friend,brother,uncle and genuine nice man. He will live on in our hearts.

Moira and Mike Costello (Friends of the Cassano family)

Entered January 18, 2021 from Mississauga

Our thoughts and prayers are with Isa and family, during this very difficult time....
With deepest sympathy to both Jim's family, as well as all the Cassano family.
Moira and Mike Costello

Joy Harry (Friend)

Entered January 18, 2021 from Brampton

I was blessed to meet Jim only a few times. Jim had a big smile and a kind and gentle nature about him. I worked with his wife Isa for many years. Isa told me countless stories about the many great things Jim did for her and his family. He was indeed her rock and life long companion. May Jim Rest In Peace and may his memory be a blessing.


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