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Joseph Costanzo

Joseph Costanzo

Saturday, March 27th, 2021
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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
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    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 10:30am
    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, private family services took place. Webcast funeral was held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

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Leighton Costanzo

Posted at 01:09pm
Families are like branches on a tree. They may grow in different directions but the roots remain the same. In honour and memory of my grandfather.

3 trees were planted in the memory of Joseph Costanzo

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Leighton Costanzo Posted at 01:15pm

With eternal love, from my family. One tree for each family member.

Donna Cole (Gardine)

Posted at 09:55am

My deeply felt sympathies and love to the Costanzo family, Tony and Jacqueline. May the Lord watch over your family through this difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers.
Tony, I recall you saying that at one time your father liked to grow roses. I thought this would be a lovely and fitting poem to remember him by.


Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew,
Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall,
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength,
With never a thought of fear or pride.
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before;
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve,
And make our courage faint or fail?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive:
The rose still grows beyond the wall.

Scattering fragrance far and wide,
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will for evermore.

A. L. Frink

David Christo

Posted at 10:04am
In Honor of Joseph Costanzo, with Love to the Costanzo Family.
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Jacqueline Conlan

Posted at 09:39am
Good friends and family,

Yesterday we said goodbye to my 99 year old father-in-law, Joseph Costanzo. This week has been a reflection on Joseph’s life, spent with my family and friends, reminiscing, looking through old photographs, making toasts with his homemade brandy, cooking his favourite Italian meals, meeting new family members, and being reunited with others once again. I know he would be looking down smiling at how family has come together to celebrate his life and memory. His passing will leave a deep and empty space in our hearts forevermore.

Throughout Joe’s courageous life, he never gave up on his love of family, and whenever possible, he would always endeavour to keep his family together, happy and safe. It was this same fierce acuity to protect and watch over “family” that bound the two of us together. I have never forgotten the day he took me aside and shared the one thing he said that he would always remember about me, which is that he thought I had more courage and “guts” than some of the men on his submarine. As a result of this same strength of character, he said he knew I would always take good care of his son and my own family one day. So when my father-in-law asked me to call him “dad”, I did so without hesitation or reservation. At times, I was able to converse more openly with him than I did with my own father. He shared with me sage gardening tips, his home repair expertise, hard life lessons, and how he felt that in some ways his son Tony (my spouse) was a lot like him, being the breadwinner of his family, with a stay at home wife to prepare meals and take care of the home and family.
If you have ever spent any time with Joe, then you would know he had a nickname for almost everyone—mine was “Jeck” (Jack), or “Bella Mia”.

To Joe’s family, I would like to offer this advice: always remember every spade, plant pot, package of seeds, stack of newspapers, and every turn and twist, every old familiar spot or poignant memory will whisper of Joe’s existence and presence in your heart, and will forever remind you of his strong personality, iron will, and quiet strength, but most of all, his genuine love and pride for his family. You will also be reminded of just how much his tinkering ways will be missed, but you will also feel grateful and blessed to have shared his life with him.

Cherish the many memories you have created together as a family (or a friend), as they will help keep all of you close and connected to him for always.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the telephone calls, cards, live plants, beautiful floral tributes and food, that everyone has shared with our family these past several days, and especially for opening your hearts and sharing your condolences, and personal memories of my father-in-law. I will forever be grateful for the strength and healing each one of your kind gestures, and stories have provided.

Thank you to Neweduik Funeral Home for bringing everything and everyone together, and making one of the hardest days of our families life a very ‘special‘ memory.

Thank you to Father Dave Sajdak at Saint Benedict Church for the Christian readings, hymns, service, mass, and burial for my father-in-law at Sanctuary Park Cemetery.

A ‘special’ thank you to my father-in-law’s six pallbearers: Domenic Costanzo, Tony Costanzo, Leighton Costanzo, Robert Costanzo, Joey Costanzo, and Mathew Costanzo (and Mary Costanzo), who carried my father-in-law with love, honour, and dignity. My father-in-law would be proud to see his “family” raise him up one last time.

Many thanks to everyone that contributed to the lovely photo memory board that is a testament to the spirit and essence of “Joe” throughout his productive life.
Thank you all again for coming together and contributing to my father-in-law’s memory in ways only friends and family that truly loved him could. You made our pain a beautiful memory.

Swift healing, sweet dreams, and fond memories to all,

Jacqueline (“Jeck”)

Christina Costa

Posted at 05:49pm
Sending love. ~Christina

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