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Antonio Grieco

April 6, 1935 — February 12, 2023

Antonio Grieco

Antonio Grieco

April 6, 1935 - February 12, 2023

Antonio Grieco, 87, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2023 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Accadia, Italy to Celestino and Filomena on April 6, 1935. He grew up with his siblings Ciriaco, Vito, Franco and Maria. His father passed away at a young age so they were raised by their mother. In 1956, at the age of 20, he left everything that was familiar and made the cross-Atlantic voyage aboard the Conte Biancamano, arriving in Canada to start a new life for himself, his family and generations to come.

He began working at the mines in Val D'or, Quebec but would eventually relocate to Ontario, where he worked at Weston Bakery for 34 years until retiring comfortably at the age of 56. On January 11, 1958 he married his wife Anna, who he would spend the next 65 years loving and growing a family with. Anna, a kind and caring devoted wife, supported and stood by Antonio until his final moments. Antonio and Anna had two children Celestino (Charlie) and Filomena (Phyllis), in whom they instilled their core values and hard work-ethic. Antonio proudly helped his children and their spouses, Claudio and Darlene, welcome children of their own. Antonio is a beloved Nonno to Rocco, Anthony and Michael Marinaccio and Stephanie and Anthony Grieco, who all remained very close and joined regularly on any given Sunday to enjoy their family traditions of love, stories and a whole lot of food. Antonio’s legacy continues as he became a Biz Nonno to Jack, Francesco, Gianluca and Ruby.

Antonio was a man of strength, determination and love, with an unforgettable presence that you could feel the moment he entered a room. He loved to laugh, tell never-ending stories over dinner and enjoyed watching hockey, playing Scopa or trying his luck at the casino. Antonio was a man of great faith, who attended church with Anna every Sunday. Anyone that knew Antonio understood how important family was to him. He provided, nurtured and protected them above all. These qualities translated into everything he did, especially his garden. He shared his harvest like he shared his love. Anyone that visited him never left his house empty handed. He gifted his love in forms of homegrown fruits and vegetables, homemade wine and tomato sauce. The outdoors is where he felt best. He would spend countless hours outside tending to his garden and house even in the bitter cold winters. In a world where convenience seems to trump all, he taught all of his family that simple pleasures hold importance in building a meaningful life. Antonio, like his garden, was ever-giving, strong, resilient and filled with so much love. He will be missed dearly by all his family and his friends but will remain very much alive in our hearts and memories.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Ward Funeral Home, "Weston Chapel"

2035 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M9N 1X7

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Judes Roman Catholic Church

3251 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M9M 2T9

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