elevated QPZSv September 22, 1935 ~ January 19, 2022

elevated QPZSv Obituary

elevated QPZSv Giuseppe (Joe) Donia, passed away, peacefully with his family by his side, on January 19, 2022, at the age of 86.  Born in Castelpizzuto, Isernia, Italy on September 22, 1935, immigrated to Canada in March 1960, and married Mafalda (Caranci), in Toronto, on May 14, 1960.

elevated QPZSv Joe is remembered by his family, friends and many ‘paesani’ of the Castelpizzuto Social community as being one of a kind.  A man who always lived in the moment, with a zest for life, ready for fun and laughter.

elevated QPZSv Most greetings from Joe consisted of a bright and friendly smile, sometimes to include his happy skip jump dance move, which concluded with a strong bear hug lift in the air. He loved to be surrounded by people, this brought him immense joy.  Joe, along with his friends, always took centre stage where the room would quickly fill with singing, music, dancing, silly gestures and the occasional playing of a musical instrument, whether it be the organetto or trombone.

elevated QPZSv Joe dreamed big!  He enjoyed doing many things and when the creative process was involved, he collaborated well with others, but more so enjoyed being the boss.  He took pleasure in participating in many social club events, serving 40 years in the Toronto Italian Band, and was devoted to his annual hunting trips. 

elevated QPZSv It is because of Joe’s heartfelt pride for family, heritage and community, his accomplishments were made possible.  His greatest accomplishment by far, his family, allowed him to fulfill his role as husband, father and grandfather.  How he loved to ‘show off’ his grandchildren, their talents and individual successes.  He cherished the time spent together and loved them unconditionally. Nonno Joe will live in our hearts as the lively, fun, proud Nonno.

elevated QPZSv Joe’s later years were lived at Elginwood Long Term Care facility where he was known as ‘Papa Joe’.   He was loved by all staff and caregivers for his silly, fun nature.  Although the illness of dementia presented its challenges over the years, the staff treated him with much care, kindness and respect.  In his early days, he often thought of himself as the property manager, conducting window repairs without tools, and even tried to collect rent from other residents.  Joe continued to be the center of attention and never hesitated to entertain others. He would always motion a hand wave, with a big, bright smile and an occasional burst of laughter.  The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the entire staff at Elginwood.  We are forever grateful for all you have done for our ‘Papa Joe’.

elevated QPZSv Giuseppe (Joe) is survived by his beloved wife, Mafalda; his children, Dom (Teresa), Nancy (Antony), Pina (Mario);  his grandchildren, Joseph, Daniela, Kavina, Jaclyn and Matthew; his sister, Maria Donia-Vacca.  Giuseppe (Joe) is predeceased by his parents, Domenico and Annunziata and his brother Rosario Donia.

elevated QPZSv Donations

elevated QPZSv In Lieu of flowers, the family prefer donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Society of Ontario

elevated QPZSv Visitation

elevated QPZSv Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6

elevated QPZSv Monday, January 24, 2022 –  4:00pm – 8:00 pm

elevated QPZSv Due to Covid-19 capacity restrictions, we are inviting family and friends for visitation, to pay their respects, offer condolences and then kindly exit the building to allow for others to enter.  No appointment necessary.  However, family and friends may have to wait to pay their respects during the visitation period.

elevated QPZSv Funeral Mass – Private Family Only

elevated QPZSv Chapel of St. Joseph (at the Holy Cross location) – Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – 10:30am

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