elevated sPe4a It is with profound sadness that the family of Odo Rotolo announces his passing on Monday, December 28, 2020 at age 96. Dad is survived by Concetta, his wife of 73 years, son Leo and daughter-in-law Teresa, daughter Silvia and her partner Bob, grandson Michael (Sabrina), granddaughter Jennifer (James) and great grandchildren Ava Victoria and Christian. Odo is also survived by sisters Lina Milano and Bice Iannacito, as well as sisters-in-law Silvia Ciotola and Mafalda Rotolo of Columbus, Ohio. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews in Ontario, Ohio and Italy.
elevated sPe4a How does one summarize 96 years of life?
elevated sPe4a Dad grew up in a tiny farming community in central Italy, where each day was marked by hard work and time with family. As a result of the devastation left by the war, he sought to find a better life for his wife and two children. He moved his family to Toronto, where finding a job was no problem for someone used to manual labour. His first job was with Toronto Cemeteries, digging graves by hand. He then moved to a position with the Toronto Transit Commission, from which he retired after 25 years of service.
elevated sPe4a Casual acquaintances will know that he was a funny and sociable man. Those who knew him well also know that he cared for his wife through many illnesses, all the while maintaining his sense of humour. He loved children and was so blessed to have lived long enough to enjoy his two great grandchildren. Even the neighbourhood kids called him Nonno.
elevated sPe4a Never a person to sit still for too long, Dad was always available to help others with household projects. From family members to neighbours, he could always be counted on to lend a helping hand.
elevated sPe4a Family, traditions, humour, being active … these qualities allowed him to live a long, full life.
elevated sPe4a At this time, due to restrictions, the funeral will be a private family service.
elevated sPe4a In lieu of flowers, for those of you wishing to do so, donations to the Margaret Bahen Hospice in Newmarket, Ontario http://myhospice.ca/ would be greatly appreciated.
Our heart felt condolences to the family. I was fortunate to meet Odo a number of times. His humour and love of life and family were what I remember the most. What beautiful memories he leaves behind. May he be at peace with the Lord.
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family, on the passing of your father Odo. I was fortunate to have known him. Nicholas Martino and family
Our condolences to all the family for the passing of this wonderful man. He has been around for pretty much my whole life first when we all lived downtown and then in North York. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you all.
He did live a long and fruitful life and blessed with a wonderful family. His love for his wife was immense as we were told by Silvia. May he rest in peace.
Our sincere condolences go out to your family!
Big virtual hugs to everyone.
Odo welcomed my family with warm heart and smile when we moved to his next door 12 years ago. He was the best neighbor whom anyone can wish for.
He helped me when I was struggling with my small garden. He came to me with a shovel and showed me how to dig properly and how to plant flowers. He never hesitated when I needed help.
He always had a kind word for me when I came back home from a long hour work tired. I enjoyed exchanging jokes at summer nights when he used to sit outside with his friends. He knew everyone and everybody loved him.
He will be missed. So much.
I am sure he is with his God in peace.
I would like to say thank you to Odo for everything he did for my family and will remember him always.
Our deepest condolences to your family. We will cherish the great times and memories that we shared together. May he rest in peace together with all our loved ones.
John and I want to express our condolences to the family. We also pray that your father and grandfather will find eternal peace in God’s home.
We hope that God will give you all strength, comfort In each other and hope to deal with your sorrow.
Please know that we are thinking about you and praying for all of you.
My sincere condolences. He was a very kind soul.
Dear Rotolo family,
We are saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved father, husband and nonno. We are thinking about you in this difficult moment and hope that the cherished memories of your dad will bring you comfort. Sentite condoglianze, famiglia Domenico e Giuseppina Iannacito
Sounds like a wonderful man who was much loved and will be missed by many.
Silvana, Leo and the entire family
Heartfelt condolences to you all. We know how much you loved him. We are honoured to have spent many wonderful occasions with this amazing giant of the Rotolo family. His legacy is eternal!
Rest In Peace Odo🙏🙏🙏
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of time spent with your dad and we join in with the many others that knew Odo and expression our sincere condolences.
Harry, Rosemary, Christina and Matthew
To the Rotolo family,
Our deepest condolences and we are thinking of you during this difficult time. From the day we started calling him Nonno, he became a part of our family. Our family will always be grateful for everything that he has done for us. We wish we can be as lucky to live as long and in good spirits as he did. We will forever hold Nonno in our hearts. May he rest in peace. ❤️
Young, Jihee, Rachel, Kenneth and Kate Lee
Our warmest & deepest condolences to the whole family.
I will always remember Odo for his strong sense of family, his easy going nature, his beautiful smile & his sense of humour. I will always think of him in always addressing me with “Iva e veniva.” He has always been a strong presence in our family & he will be dearly missed. May he Rest In Peace.
Silvana, Leo and family
We extend our heartfelt condolences to you on the passing of your dad and grandpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Words cannot express our family’s gratitude for his guidance, dedication and friendship especially while I was living in the Rotolo home during my formative years. He was like a second papà to me and together with his wife, Zia Concetta, was genuinely focused on providing me with a loving and nurturing environment. He was funny and playful and, if my memory serves me correctly, even took blame for the little mischief I occasionally caused. I always knew he was in my corner and on my side and that is precious.
The Lord blessed him with a long and full life and may he now rest in peace with our Heavenly Father.
Luciana, Ida and Salvatore Iannacito
With deepest Sympathy to the entire Family
In this time of sadness you must be comforted in seeing how Loved and how much so many cared for Odo.
I had the privilege of getting to know him only briefly and I know he must have been someone unique.
I do believe Odo had a knack for making people feel special.
It is hard to lose someone and even more so when he meant so much to so many, and even harder that we cant all be together to say good-bye.
I want you to know I was with you in spirit. He was such a extraordinary person and he’ll be deeply missed by all.
Leo, Teresa, Silvia and families,
Our deepest condolences to you all. Odo was a warm soft spoken caring man with a sense of humour.
May his memories provide you all with comfort. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Rest in Peace!
I was saddened to hear of Odo’s passing, but reminded—as it’s been many years since I’ve seen him—of just how special he was. Any of us would be fortunate to be so well-remembered and well-loved by even casual acquaintances.
I moved next door to Odo in 1985. I was 8. He was constantly tending to his garden, and Connie. He would, without any visual annoyance, endure throwing tennis balls back over the fence when my brother and I would lose them there when playing in our backyard. He would teach us about gardening; for example, how you had to make the flowers “kiss” to pollinate them. He would can tomatoes with his family in the backyard, an annual event we could look forward to.
Most of all, Odo would always, always seem to be in a good mood, with a smile on his face. He was a fixture. I could count on seeing him either in the front of his house when I got home, or in his backyard when I was relaxing in ours. Seeing and chatting with him could make you believe things were okay, even when you were down.
I have only fond memories of Odo. The world would be a better place if more people were only half as kind.
Dear Concetta, Silvia, Leo and family, we’re all saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved husband and father, Odo. We were family through my grandparents, Livia and Adelio Carmosino. We loved when he and Concetta would walk by our family home on Borrows St, and stop to say hello and chit chat. He always had the biggest smile and loving and caring personality.
May his memory and legacy live on through you and your families.
(D)reams are like that: they go in and out of memories and scenes, but they’re never real. They’re never real, and I hate them because they aren’t. ― Beth Revis, Across the Universe