CONTI, Antonio -
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Antonio Conti on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. A loving father to Maria Luisa (Peter) and Carlo (Marilena); proud grandfather of Marco (Sasha), Jason, Pamela (Anthony), Matthew (predeceased), Alexander (Christina) and Isabella, and adoring great-grandfather to Avery, Charlotte, Evelyn, Luciano, Valentina, Mia and Jaxson. He will be deeply missed by brothers, Camillo (Livia) John (Ivana), sisters Emilia, Assunta, sister-in-laws Elisa and Rosa, and his many nieces and nephews and their families. As well he leaves behind his dear companion and loyal friend, Mira.
Antonio (Tony to family and friends) was born in Pietranico, Pescara, Italy in 1929, and prior to embarking on his great adventure to come to Canada, he proudly served in the Italian military where he learned many life lessons. After emigrating to Canada in 1953, he was determined to make a new life for himself. In 1955 he married Sestina Lucia and a family soon followed. After 25 years of Canadian life, Antonio made the courageous decision to embark on yet another life adventure. In 1980, he, along with his faithful wife and son moved to Florida, USA and became the proud proprietors/hosts of The Traveler Motel in Clearwater Beach. It became the perfect balance of work and semi-retirement enjoying many years of success.
Following the passing of his beloved wife in 1998, Antonio decided to return to Canada and was lucky to find a home in the old neighborhood he had left behind almost 20 years earlier. He enjoyed his life every day tending his garden, especially his tomatoes and grapevine, and spending moments with family and friends and loved being around his great-grandchildren. Antonio was a great storyteller and the innumerable stories he told his children has now become our family history. We were so very proud of him, his love of storytelling, and his accomplishments throughout his life. He often reminded us that he had very little education, but that never deterred him from continuously learning new things. In fact, he became an avid fan of the TV game show Jeopardy and never missed an episode!
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for him while he was at Etobicoke General Hospital. Their courage and compassion amidst Covid-19 protocols was outstanding.
Caro Papa, Dad, Nonno, Bisnonno, Antonio, Tony, no matter how you were affectionately called, just know that we will miss you immensely. Although we are unable to gather altogether at this time in a “Celebration of Life”, we will as soon as it is safe to do so. Webcast funeral will take place on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Hospital for Sick Children would be appreciated by the family. Webcast and online condolences at newediukfuneralhome.com
May you forever Rest in Peace.
The Conti/Grenci Family