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Donato D'Alfonso

October 25, 1927 — December 8, 2023

Donato D'Alfonso

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Donato D'Alfonso, a beloved figure in his family and community, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2023, in Woodbridge, Ontario. He was born on October 25, 1927, in Lettomanopello, Pescara, Italy. Donato was known for his unwavering dedication to his family and his selfless nature.

Throughout his life, Donato worked tirelessly to provide for his family. He always put them first and ensured their needs were met. His commitment to the well-being and happiness of his loved ones was unparalleled.

As a loving father, Donato cherished his children and grandchildren, and his great grandchild. One of his fondest memories was taking his children fishing at Georgian Bay. These trips created lasting bonds and brought immense joy to their lives. Additionally, he had a green thumb and found solace in tending to his garden. He took pride in cultivating a beautiful cherry tree and growing fava beans that were adored by his grandchildren. Despite his physical limitations he always persevered and overcame many obstacles.

Donato's warm heart touched the lives of many. His kind demeanor and genuine care for others earned him a special place in the hearts of both family members and friends alike. He had a generous spirit that extended beyond his immediate family, leaving behind a vast network of loved ones who will forever cherish the memories they shared with him.

Donato D'Alfonso's legacy will live on through those he leaves behind. He is survived by his loving wife Ilde, with whom he shared 65 wonderful years of marriage. Their enduring bond is a testament to their deep love and commitment to each other. He was truly the foundation of the family. He demonstrated tenacity, and perseverance that set the tone for his children to follow, and learn from. A doting husband, and father, Donato had a taste for excellence, praising his wife Ilde’s food above any restaurant that he sampled. His firm, yet loving soul guided his children towards striving to always live their lives to the fullest, while always appreciating what they have. Donato tried to give the impression that he was always serious, however his playful side shone through like sunshine on the cloudiest days. He always had a rhyme, or poem to cheer up the room. He often spoke in riddles, and had fun twisting his words into little songs. His grandchildren always looked forward to his cheerful smile, and laughter. His memory will always be a blessing to those who have known, and loved him.

In addition to Ilde, Donato is survived by their children Adriano (Grace), Sandro and Tony (Maxine). His grandchildren Alex (Diana), Marc, Jenvieve-Anna, Maya-Chiara, Stefania-Daniella also mourn this loss deeply but will forever hold dear the memories they made with their beloved grandfather. Donato is also survived by his cherished first born great grandson Theo (son of Alex and Diana), who will carry on his legacy.

A visitation will be held on December 17, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home - Woodbridge Chapel located at 4671 Highway 7 in Woodbridge, Ontario. Friends and family members are invited to pay their respects during this time. A funeral mass will be celebrated on December 18, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi located at 150 St. Francis Ave., Woodbridge, Ontario. Entombment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Concord.

He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His kindness, love for family, and the lasting impact he had on those around him will forever be remembered. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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Sunday, December 17, 2023

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

Ward Funeral Home, "Woodbridge Chapel"

4671 Highway 7, Vaughan, ON L4L 1S6

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Monday, December 18, 2023

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St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church

150 Saint Francis Avenue, Vaughan, ON L4H 2A2

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