elevated 94qE5 March 19, 1929 ~ July 1, 2020
elevated 94qE5 Visitation
elevated 94qE5 Private
elevated 94qE5 Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated 94qE5 211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated 94qE5 Funeral Mass
elevated 94qE5 Private
elevated 94qE5 Chapel of St. Joseph- Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated 94qE5 Webcast Available
elevated 94qE5 Monday, July 6, 2020 from 11:50 am to 1:05 pm
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elevated 94qE5 Interment
elevated 94qE5 Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery – Holy Family Mausoleum
elevated 94qE5 Obituary
elevated 94qE5 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Severino Rostirolla on Wednesday July 1, 2020 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.
elevated 94qE5 Severino was a devoted husband to Rosa (nee Scozzari) for 54 years.
elevated 94qE5 He will be deeply missed by his children, Lou Rostirolla, and Irma (predeceased by Umberto) Bisogni.
elevated 94qE5 Proud and loving grandfather to Antonio, Seve and Patrick.
elevated 94qE5 How does one summarize 91 years of life in a few paragraphs? Our father, “nonno” to his grandchildren, can be summarized as a humble, hard-working servant of the Lord. He led a simple but purposeful life, mainly that of taking care of his family.
elevated 94qE5 Our father was born on March 19, 1929 to Giacinto and Pierina Rostirolla in Treviso, Italy, one of 7 siblings. Always the humble servant, he helped out on the family farm.
elevated 94qE5 He didn’t particularly love the farm life so, when the opportunity for what he believed would be a better life arose, he took it. It took lot of courage to leave his family behind as well as a strong sense of adventure to make the ocean crossing to a place where he did not speak the language or know anything about the culture.
elevated 94qE5 He eventually made his way to Toronto where he made friends, which led to an encounter with the love of his life, our mother Rosa. They married 9 months later in November 1959. He became her partner for life and they set out working hard and with great sacrifice to make their dreams come true. And they did.
elevated 94qE5 The main goal was to establish a home for themselves. He joined Twin Masonry Ltd. as a truck driver/foreman where he worked until his retirement. He proved himself as a loyal and respected leader, organizing the men and equipment. He was our role model for a great work ethic, working very long hours.
elevated 94qE5 Eventually the family expanded. Always caring about family, he took in his in-laws who joined them in Canada. In 1961 he welcomed their first baby, a girl, Irma. In 1965 he welcomed a boy, Luigi. They sacrificed themselves in many ways in order that we could live the Canadian dream. And what a childhood it was!
elevated 94qE5 They both worked hard but they didn’t forget to celebrate life along the way. They maintained an open house policy to family and friends. There were countless celebrations where our father’s sense of humour, kind, friendly and gentle spirit was displayed to all. There was always an excuse whether it was a picnic, a card game or a birthday party for laughs or a sing along. This led to many enduring friendships and many memories created with all his loved ones. He especially enjoyed being a “nonno” to Antonio, Seve and Patrick. His eyes welled up upon being told that his grandson was named in his honour.
elevated 94qE5 As the years went on, our mother’s health began to deteriorate. He would continuously chauffeur her to appointments and never left her side without ever a complaint. We were blessed with his strength, support, modesty and charming demeanor.
elevated 94qE5 He will be missed by many extended family and friends to which he leaves a legacy of love.
elevated 94qE5 If we ever need a smile, all we will have to do is recall his many trademark phrases.
elevated 94qE5 We love you dad; you will always be in our hearts and never forgotten.
elevated 94qE5 Due to COVID 19, a private family funeral will take place. To view the mass via webcast, please click on this link.
elevated 94qE5 Flowers welcomed. Memorial donations in Severino’s memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association.