elevated rPEjp Francesco (“Frank”) D’Ambrosio
elevated rPEjp Born: September 30, 1931
elevated rPEjp Deceased: December 9, 2020
elevated rPEjp Francesco (“Frank”) D’Ambrosio, age 89, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of Vaughan, Ontario passed away peacefully on December 9, 2020.
elevated rPEjp Born on September 30, 1931 to Pietro and Filomena in Guardia Lombardi, Avellino, Italy, he spent his childhood in Italy before settling in Canada. In Italy, Frank served in the military from May 1953 to August 1954, where he was stationed in Padua with the 41st Reggimento Artiglieria Pesante Campale. Prior to departing for the military, he met his wife and lifelong love of 70 years, Maria, and upon his return they married in September of 1955. Together they embarked on a journey to Canada, where they settled and built a home for their young family. There they raised their daughter Pierina and son Peter. Frank worked tirelessly in the construction industry as a carpenter to support his family.
elevated rPEjp Always on his feet, Frank was immersed in life. Ready to embrace, cheers, dance, and play his accordion, he was seated steadfast at the head of every table, filling his home with moments of celebration. His music, like his smile and laugh, were infectious. Wearing suits whether in the house or working in the garden, he showed up to life every day, fully. His presence emanated.
elevated rPEjp Frank was a craftsman, dedicated to building spaces for his family and creating worlds for his wife, children and grandchildren. With his hands, he built his family’s home, the contents within it, gardens that fed multiple generations, and spaces for imaginary adventures in the backyard. He created gifts out of the ordinary. Resilient and disciplined in all of his efforts, Frank was never deterred.
elevated rPEjp Ever loyal and devoted, Frank’s actions were propelled by his love for his family. Everything that he did was in service of others and there were no lengths that Frank would not travel for people that he loved. His generosity unmatched, always willing to give of his time to assist. To the end of his life, he fought hard, as he always had, to be present and to protect those he loved. A profoundly compassionate spirit, Frank will always be remembered for his open heart and benevolence.
elevated rPEjp Now reunited with his parents, Pietro and Filomena, his brothers Antonio and Vito, his parent-in-laws Giovanni and Incoronata, his sister-in-law Antonietta and his brother-in-laws Michele and Francesco, Frank surely has them together celebrating. He will be forever cherished by his wife, Maria, daughter, Pierina (Luigi), son, Peter (Loredana), grandchildren, Josie (Joe), Louis (Alessia), Sarah (Jafar) and Matthew, great-grandchildren, Adam and Luke, his sister Maria, his sister-in-laws, Francesca and Grace (Domenic), his nieces and nephews, and by his many friends and relatives.
elevated rPEjp The family will host a private ceremony and burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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