elevated HLvro February 28, 1941 to March 16, 2021

elevated HLvro It is with unbelievable sadness that the family of Antonio Varriano announces his passing.  He arrived in Toronto in as a young man from Vinchiaturo Italy.  Proud of his heritage and close family upbringing, he worked hard, laughed loud and loved unconditionally.  His generosity had no end.  As children we benefited with gifts of copious amounts of ice cream, Sunday night rides in his new car to MacDonald’s, or cash tucked into back pockets. As adults, we never left his home without a sample of home cured cheese, bottles of expertly made wine and various types of sausage, pancetta or his hot pepper oil.  The neighbours could count on him for the grocery store runs he did on behalf of those who couldn’t drive. As friends, we benefited with a glass of cognac, genuine companionship and that contagious smile.  His affection for feathered and furred friends was legendary.  A modern day St. Francis of Assisi feeding birds, squirrels, deer and rabbits on a daily basis taking in stray dogs and cats alike. 

elevated HLvro His life enriched us all.  His death has left a void that can’t be filled.  He will be missed by everyone and all that he touched, especially his surviving siblings Aldo (Anna), Osvaldo (Rina), Rita and his sister in law Maria.  He is predeceased by Pasquale (Concetta), Michele, Gildo, Nicola and Addolorata (Donato).

elevated HLvro With many thanks to all the medical staff at MacKenzie Health, Dr. Glazer, Dr. Spensieri, Dr. Patel and the ladies at Valley Vista for all that you did to help and look after Antonio. 

elevated HLvro In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation  https://www.liver.ca/ or the Heart & Stroke Foundation https://www.heartandstroke.ca/  . 

elevated HLvro The family will receive friends at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road East (South of Hwy 407 at Bayview Ave.) on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 11:15 – 11:45 am and 12:00 – 12:30 pm.  There is a maximum of 25 people allowed in these sessions. Please call the funeral home at (905) 889 – 7467 , press 2 to reserve a time. A Mass of Christian burial in the Chapel of St. Joseph at 1:30 pm.   Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. To view the livestream Mass, please click on link below.