COSTANZO, Joseph -
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our strong, beloved father Joseph on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the age of 99. Joseph is now reunited with his bride Paolina. Loving father of Domenic, Maria, Mario, Antony (Jacqueline) and Robert (Mary-Ann). Cherished nonno of Paulo (Jen), Mitchell, Leighton, Joey, Matthew and Victoria and proud bis-nonno of Jack. Predeceased by his sister Rosa (Sam) Trimboli. Joseph was born in Siderno, Calabria 1921 and lived through the Depression, quitting school in second grade to help support his mother and little sister. He worked as a pipe fitter year round and as a fisherman in the summers. The Second World War sent him into combat as a submariner where he had many close brushes with death. With God’s grace, he was able to escape death for many decades and moved to live a peaceful life in Canada, where he married his wife, Paolina Baggetta. Together, they raised their 5 children. He worked as chief millwright for Maple Leaf Mills in Toronto for over 40 years before he called it a career. His long retirement was spent gardening and enjoying family. He was strong, but kind and always very generous. Joseph lived simply; all he needed was a few fresh vegetables, a plaid shirt, his family and his loyal dog nearby. Joseph was always happiest when he was outside working in his garden and sharing its produce with those he loved. He whistled, sang and made jokes right until the end. His resilience and ability to overcome sickness and injury caused us to call him our “uomo di ferro”, the man of steel. Joseph will be held dear in the hearts of his family and friends.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, private family services took place. Webcast was held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
If desired, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or The Salesians of St. John Bosco would be appreciated. Online condolences at newediukfuneralhome.com