elevated Zw0U8 August 29, 1935 ~ June 14, 2020
elevated Zw0U8 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Peter – a loving husband, dad and grandfather – on Sunday, June 14, at home surrounded by the love of his family. There are no words that can do justice to describe the incredible man Peter was.
elevated Zw0U8 Peter (Pierino) was born in Fossacesia, Italy on August 29th, 1935, and travelled with his family to Canada at the young age of 13. Like so many others of his generation, Peter arrived in Canada with limited knowledge of the English language. However, that was not an obstacle for him. Leaving school at a young age, Peter started working with a tile company which evolved into him starting his own company building a home or two and then a subdivision of many homes. Peter had told Anna on many occasions that he wanted to build homes.
elevated Zw0U8 A single subdivision became many in Barrie, Newmarket, Mississauga, Orangeville, Milton, Richmond Hill and North York. It is no wonder that Peter became respected and revered in the home building industry. This eventually evolved and expanded to building industrial/commercial units. His determination and desire to learn and try new things led to the great and successful life that he lived. He truly was a self-made man.
elevated Zw0U8 Peter was predeceased by his parents, Francesco and Giulietta and his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Mario and Mafalda Belmonte.
elevated Zw0U8 Peter will be fondly remembered by his sisters: Valentina (Mike-deceased) and Lidia (Nick-deceased) and his brother Nick (Diane), his brother-in-law Tony (Jennifer), his brother-in-law Joe (Terri) and sister-in-law Mother Superior Joanne (Missionaries Of The Poor).
elevated Zw0U8 Peter was our “ROCK”. His commitment, devotion and love for his family had no boundaries. Peter was a gentle and loving husband. He will be forever remembered by his wife Anna, whom he cherished with all his heart. In fact, our family was blessed to celebrate Peter and Anna’s 60th wedding anniversary this past August. Peter was the best Dad and the proudest Shosho! He will always be lovingly remembered by his 4 children: Marlene, Nancy (Larry), Frank (Michele) and Julia (Dan); along with his 4 grandchildren: Philip, Bradley, Isabella & Juliette. Peter raised his children with unconditional love instilling in them strong values, with a focus on respect, hard work & kindness toward others.
elevated Zw0U8 Peter had a never ending zest for life! Whether it was ice-fishing on Lake Simcoe or fishing off the dock at the cottage; golfing with his foursome at Thornhill Golf Club; playing Italian cards with family & friends; planting his Early Girl tomatoes in his garden; driving his 1932 Ford car in the annual Thornhill parade with his grandkids; travelling the world with Anna; dancing and filming family parties & celebrations; pruning his orange & nespola trees in Florida and certainly last but not least, enjoying his home made wine with his evening meal. Within that zest for life was the passion Peter had for his 3 Toronto sports teams: being in Maple Leaf Gardens as the Leafs won the Cup in 1967; watching the Jays win back to back World Series titles; and, celebrating numerous Argos Grey Cup victories with his family at the CNE and Dome. Winning or losing, Peter always had that infectious smile.
elevated Zw0U8 Peter was a man rooted in his Catholic Faith. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus at his home parish of St. Joseph the Worker and never hesitated to lend a helping hand. His generous heart, cheerful attitude and strong handshake made him a great & trusted friend. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
elevated Zw0U8 A sincere thank you to the LHIN Hospice & Palliative Care Team Staff for your guidance and compassion. Our family is extremely indebted to Father Mario. You stood by our family’s side during this difficult time. We are extremely grateful for your gentle guidance and support. You truly are a man of God.
elevated Zw0U8 A funeral mass will be held on Saturday June 20, 2020 at 10:00am at St. Paschal Baylon Roman Catholic Church, located at 92 Steeles Ave. West, Thornhill. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID 19, the capacity at the church will only be 150 and masks will be required by all attending. Following mass, a private family entombment will be held.
elevated Zw0U8 In lieu of flowers, Peter’s family would appreciate donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Arrangements entrusted to Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home.
Marlene, my sincere condolences to you and your entire family on the loss of this great man. The words written about him warm my heart. We lost a good soul on earth, but gained an angel in the heavens.
Anna and family,
Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with you.
Dave Fantini and family.
To the DiGiuseppe Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences from Steve & Maja Luciani. Peter was a wonderful man who always made me feel wanted. He had a wonderful smile and sense of humor. My parents Luigi and Ida Luciani always spoke highly of your family. God bless.
Dear Auntie Anna, Julie & Dan, Frank & Michelle, Nancy & Larry, and Marlene,
We were so very sorry to hear about Uncle Peter’s passing. We were upset when we heard the news, but were relieved to know he went peacefully, and that Father Mario was there.
We have so many great memories of your Dad, how hardworking he was, how much he loved doing new things, his love of gardening and golf and big family parties, our times at the cottage playing baseball and cards, how he was always there over the many years for us, building our home, helping us out with house and property issues, being our “video man” for our weddings, etc., and just remembering what a great family man he was.
Mom always had such great stories of her younger brother and the mischief he would get into, just by his ingenuity of trying new things, something that has certainly served him well in his life. We will always remember him for the great and successful life he lived, and for how very much he loved his family and touched so many people–that is a wonderful legacy and one that will hopefully be of some comfort to all of you, and to all of us who knew him.
To each of you, we send much love, and we will be thinking about all of you a lot over the next while. May God bless your great Husband and Dad–we now have another angel for us in Heaven.
The Palazzos — Val, Valli & Steve, Lynn & Larry, Mike & Kim
Anna and family,
Your words are so heartfelt. A wonderful man who will be greatly missed.May you all find comfort in knowing he is at peace.
Our deepest condolences.
A wonderful man indeed Condolences Love Andrea Henry
So very sorry for your loss. Peter was a good man, always admired and respected, by our family. He was the epitome of a life well lived.
Dear Anna, Marlene and the DiGiuseppe Family:
Our heartfelt condolences.
Peter was always a very special person in my life. I am not sure if I have ever mentioned it, but a long time ago, when I was starting my real estate career, Peter was the first person that gave me a listing (225 Bradwick). I have always remembered that and was very grateful to him.
Peter will be well remembered.
Wishing you strength and peace.
Zoran and Gioia
Anna and Family,
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Auntie Anna, Marlene, Julia, Nancy & Frankie,
We love you all and wish we could be with you to celebrate Uncle Peter’s life. He was such a wonderful man. Our prayers are with you. We love you.
Nancy, Larry, Philip and Bradley,
We send our deepest condolences at this sad time. His obituary is beautiful and speaks of a man that will truly be missed by all of you. What a wonderful life he led.
You are in our hearts.
Diane, Tony, Mike, Maria, Jason, Tori, Leo and Sofia
We would like to extend our sincerest condolences for your deep loss to you and your whole family. Your dad sounds like a great man who loved his friends and above all his family. May you be comforted in knowing that he will be watching over you from above. May he rest in peace.
Thank your so much Lucy & Tony for your lovely message and your condolences. Very much appreciated by our family.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. What an amazing life he lived, loved by so many. My sincere condolences on your loss.
May he rest in peace.
Thank you so much Carolyn for your message and your condolences. Very much appreciated by our family.
Dear Marlene and family as a tenant at 225 Bradwick i had the opportunity to interact with Peter on many occasion he was always kind and patient a real gentleman my sincere condolences
Dear Julia and family,
Your heart may be heavy now but know Peter is where he knew he belonged in the afterlife, with God his Heavenly Father. His faith was strong, it helped take him home.
Bless you all.
Thank you so much Anne for your warm sentiments. Very much appreciated by our family.
On behalf of the entire Buckler family, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Anna, Marlene and the entire family. We are very saddened to hear of Peters passing. He was a self made man who held strong family values and gained the respect of all those that had the privilege of knowing him both personally and professionally.
What a lovely and fitting tribute. Derek and I are so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.
In the mid-1960’s I became very good friends with Peter’s younger brother Nick. Over the years I had a chance to meet many members of the Digiuseppe family including (but not limited to) “mom & pop”, Peter & Anna, Lidia & Nick. They were a warm, closely knit family and welcomed me warmly. I especially remember Peter however for the many times he offered such good advice to two young men growing through adolescence and early adulthood. He provided an excellent role model on how a man should act. We didn’t always have the sense to follow his advice in those days, but I know that they stayed with me down the road. I will remember Peter fondly and send my condolences to his family.
Ernie and Elisa Polsoni
Peter… a good person, Br. Knight, friend… he will be missed.
Our condolences to Anna and family.
Ernie & Elisa Polsoni
Dear Ernie & Elisa,
Thank you so much for your lovely message as well as your beautiful mass card in memory of our Dad. Your support and your kindness are much appreciated. With thanks, Anna & the DiGiuseppe Family
My love to Anna. Peter was a kind gentle man. I worked for him for years and it helped shape my life. Peace to you all.
A very fitting tribute and we were very glad to have known Peter. Our Thoughts and prayers are with Anna, Marlene, Julie, Frank and their families. And to Nancy, Larry , Philip, and Bradley our deepest condolences as we wish we could be there with you to offer support and to give you all a big hug, Bless you all.
Domenic and Lorette
We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences for your great loss.
May Peter’s goodness and love continue to shine through his children’s eyes.
May God bless you all
Tony and Mary Policelli
Dear Auntie Anna and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Peter. We have so many great memories of him. He was loved and respected by all who met him.
Our heartfelt condolences to all of you and please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Mary, Gene and Carolyn Palazzo
Dear Frank, Mrs.DiGiuseppe and family,
We are so sorry to hear about the death of Mr. DiGiuseppe.
We never had the pleasure of meeting him, but heard many wonderful things about him and his obituary is just amazing. May he rest in peace
Please accept our sincere condolences. God bless you all!
Our deepest sympathies to all the family for your loss of a wonderful man who we feel that our lives were enhanced by knowing & working with him for just a few years.
Doc & Nancy Gillies
Mrs. DiGiuseppe, Julie, Frank, Nancy, Marlene, and families,
We were so sorry to learn of this sad news and send heartfelt condolences. Know that you are all in our family’s prayers.
Frank, your father was always kind and giving. I fondly remember him hosting our group of friends in his SkyDome box. When we were roommates and just starting our engineering studies your parents came to Waterloo to generously treat us to a nice steak dinner to make sure we were getting enough protein! I was also always impressed with the greenhouse at the new house and especially your dad’s fig trees!
He was a man of impact and has left a great legacy as was clear from the beautiful words and poem shared by his grandchildren on Saturday.
To the Di Giuseppe Family
My sincere sympathy and prayers are with you all in this very sad and difficult time.