elevated KL32l May 9, 1943 ~ September 1, 2023

elevated KL32l Visitation
Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6

elevated KL32l Funeral Mass
Monday, September 11, 2023 at St. Cecilia Church at 11:00 a.m.
161 Annette St, Toronto

elevated KL32l Obituary

elevated KL32l It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Julio Gregory Paolini. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, and friend. He left this world unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his home on September 1st, 2023 at the age of 80.

elevated KL32l Julio was born on May 9th, 1943 to the late Vincenzo and Marguerite Paolini in Timmins, Ontario, the fourth of eight children. The family relocated to Toronto in 1954, finally settling in a house on Indian Road Crescent. He attended St.  Cecilia’s Catholic Elementary School, Western Technical High School, and Humberside Collegiate. In his teens and young adult years, Julio discovered a love for sports. He played many sports, including baseball, hockey, and football. He was especially good at football, occupying positions of Fullback for High Park Invictus and Defensive Tackle for the Etobicoke Rough Riders, receiving Defensive Player of the Year in 1968.

elevated KL32l In 1979, Julio married his late wife, the love of his life, Debra Mae Ross. Although their lives together were cut short, the years they did spend together were filled with happiness and love. He made it a point to never take off his wedding ring. Together, they had two children, Natasha and Julio Jr.

elevated KL32l Julio had a strong work ethic, earning a living as a tile setter, a trade he learned while working alongside his father, and eventually owning his own home renovation contracting business. He possessed a deep knowledge of construction methods and building materials; you could point out just about any building constructed in Toronto in the past century and he could give a detailed analysis of, say, the bricklaying methods used. Throughout the early 80s, he worked at a famous nightclub called Rooney’s as the Night Manager alongside his siblings David, Cedric, and Cynthia. On a nightly basis, he was surrounded by celebrities, athletes and other A-listers. Julio gathered a trove of colourful tales from his years there and, in later years, his children, nieces and nephews would ask him to regale them with his favourite stories.

elevated KL32l Julio lived a humble but accomplished and full life. Living his life for others, he cherished his family and spoke about them with such pride. That pride also extended to his nieces, nephews, and his friends’ children. Julio and his wife loved to entertain, with their North York home being the location of many holiday and birthday parties.

elevated KL32l Julio never acted his age, in the best way possible. He was known for his youthful spirit (inherited from his beloved mother), his sly and silly wit, and his generosity. Although he had a tough exterior, he was light-hearted down to the core and always had a joke at the ready. Julio had a special place in his heart for children. He coached softball and hockey at Goulding Park for several years, always ready and willing to share his experience and knowledge to the younger generation. Many people said Julio would have made an excellent teacher because he was a great conversationalist and well-versed in the world’s major historical events. He was a history buff, always soaking up information on the past and, in recent years, he began reading books on each of the Prime Ministers of Canada. Julio read the newspaper from front to back everyday and could usually be found at his kitchen table doing the crossword puzzle, with a Tim Hortons coffee. He enjoyed playing games and could effortlessly win a game of Scrabble because he possessed an extensive vocabulary. In the past few years, he was on a journey to connect with his past, contacting friends from Timmins, almost like he was tying a bow on his beautiful life.

elevated KL32l Julio will be greatly missed by so many people. He amassed a large group of friends, many whom he still kept in touch with until he passed. He was loyal until the very end. He was the grounding force of his family and a constant in so many lives. Julio was consistently relied upon for advice and support from his children, siblings, nieces and nephews. He would gladly lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.

elevated KL32l Julio is survived by his children, Natasha and Julio Jr., his siblings Cynthia, Betty, David, Cedric and Richard, and adoring nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Debra, sister Joan, brother Sonny, niece Debbie, and parents Vincenzo and Marguerite.

elevated KL32l A visitation will be held from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Sunday, September 10th at Holy Cross Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11 AM on Monday, September 11th at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. If you would like to make any donations in his honour, please direct them to Sick Kids Hospital.