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Evan Hewitson

We regret to announce the death of Evan Hewitson on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Evan was the son of Scott Hewitson, Teacher at St Augustine school Catholic Elementary School. Evan was a student at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. There are no funeral arrangements, but there will be a celebration of life in the future at a date and time to be determined later.

Lorne Vincent Funnell

We regret to announce the death of Lorne Vincent Funnell on Friday, May 20, 2022. Lorne was the father of David Funnell, Teacher at St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School and he was also a former Teacher and Principal with the Board. A private family service to celebrate and honour his life will be taking place in the near future, as per the request of the family. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to PLAN Canada, in Lorne’s memory would be sincerely appreciated: https://plancanada.ca/because-i-am-a-girl

Diane Louise Knox

We regret to announce the death of Diane Louise Knox on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Diane was the mother of David Knox, Educational Assistant at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and mother-in-law of Teresa Knox, Teacher at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School. At Diane’s request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place, details will be announced at a later date. If desired, donations in Diane’s memory to Halton Women’s Place https://haltonwomensplace.com/make-a-donat ...
would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Lorne Sheeler

We regret to announce the death of Lorne Sheeler on Monday, May 9, 2022. Lorne was the father of Sarah Simpson, Teacher at St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Elementary School, and father-in-law of Vince Simpson, Teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School. He was also the husband of Maureen Sheeler, retired Teacher with our Board. Visitation is at Bay Gardens Funeral Home (947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 2:00 -4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of the Assumption Church (63 Hwy #20 East, Stoney Creek) on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Michele Gennaccaro

We regret to announce the death of Michele Gennaccaro on Friday, April 29, 2022. Michele was the father of Josie Gennaccaro, Teacher at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School and Connie Ventura, Teacher at St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School. Visitation will be at Friscolanti Funeral Chapel (43 Barton Street East, Hamilton) on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Anthony of Padua Church (165 Prospect Street North, Hamilton) on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington. Donations in Michele’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

Nina Thompson

We regret to announce the death of Nina Thompson on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Nina was the mother of Carol Jurcich, Educational Assistant at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School. Visitation will be held on Monday May 2, 2022 from 6:00–9:00 pm at Turner Family Funeral Home (53 Main Street, Dundas) and a Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday May 3, 2022 at 12:00 noon at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Mount Zion Cemetery (1324 Concession 2 Road West, Copetown). Donations in Nina’s memory to the https://www.hbspca.com/donate/ would be appreciated by the family.

Elia Castronovo

We regret to announce the death of Elia Castronovo on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Elia was the father of Joanne Leombruni, Teacher at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Elementary School, and father-in-law of Loreto Leombruni, Teacher at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School. Visitation is at Bay Gardens Funeral Home (947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Regina Mundi Catholic Church (631 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton) on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Burlington.

Sante Paolini

We regret to announce the death of Sante Paolini on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Sante was the father of Pamela Minichini, Teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Elementary School and father-in-law of Linda Paolini, Secretary at Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home (454 Highway #8 - East of Millen Road, Stoney Creek) on Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Anthony of Padua Church (165 Prospect Avenue North, Hamilton) on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Ray Reed

We regret to announce the death of Ray Reed on Sunday, April 17, 2022. Ray was the father of Ann Leon, Teacher at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, Sarah Dennison, Teacher at St. John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School and father-in-law of Sean Dennison, Teacher at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Ray was also a retired Teacher with the Board. Ray has donated his body to the Human Anatomy Program at the University of Guelph, so there will be no visitation or funeral. Family will honour his life in private.

Jack Marrone

We regret to announce the death of Jack Marrone on Sunday, April 10, 2022. Jack was the father of Andrea Davis, Teacher at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School. Visitation is at Bay Gardens Funeral Home "(“William J. Markey Chapel", 947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Vigil Prayers will be offered at 3:45 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Francis Xavier Parish (304 Highway 8, Stoney Creek) on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Entombment to follow at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Cemetery, Stoney Creek. Donations in Jack’s memory to The Alzheimer's Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Mary Anne (Marusia) Stechey

We regret to announce the death Mary Anne (Marusia) Stechey on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Mary Anne was the mother of Michael Stechey, Teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School and she was also a retired Teacher with the Board. Visitation will be held at Bay Gardens (947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., with Panahyda at 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Holy Spirit Church (15 St. Olga Street, Hamilton) on Thursday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. Due to the recent increase in the new COVID variant cases, the family requests full mask coverage if you plan to attend the visitation and/or Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (cufoundation.ca) or to the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre in Mary’s memory to support the Hematology Unit (https://www.hamiltonhealth.ca/memorialgivi ... ). Mary's family also encourages anyone eligible and able to donate blood, platelets or plasma (blood.ca).

Rose Rakoczy

We regret to announce the death of Rose Rakoczy on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Rose was the mother of Jennifer DiDonato, Teacher at St. Lawrence Catholic Elementary School. Funeral arrangements and cremation have already taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Giovanni (John) Mamone

We regret to announce the death of Giovanni (John) Mamone on Sunday, April 3, 2022. John was the step-father of Joseph Curto, Project Lead for Special Education Services at the Nicholas Mancini Centre. Visitation is at Friscolanti Funeral Chapel (43 Barton Street East, Hamilton) on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church (165 Prospect Street, Hamilton) on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington.

Leonard D. Davies

We regret to announce the death of Leonard D. Davies on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Leonard was the father of Jim Davies, Teacher at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. Funeral arrangements have already taken place. A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for the spring. Donation in his memory to the Cancer Assistance Program, Hamilton would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Dianne (Mirabelli) Cockerill

We regret to announce the death of Dianne (Mirabelli) Cockerill on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Dianne was the mother of Leanne Havers, Teacher at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School and the mother-in-law of David Havers, Teacher at St Augustine Catholic Elementary School. A private celebration of life will be taking place.

Mara Silvana Fortino

We regret to announce the death of Mara Silvana Fortino on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Mara was the mother of Maria Calabrese, Vice-Principal, St. Thomas More CSS, Nadia Fortino-Bataneat, Department Head Student Services, Cathedral High School and Luca Fortino, Teacher, Cathedral High School. She was also the mother-in law of Michelle Fortino, Secondary teacher virtual school. Memorial reception will be held at Bay Gardens, 947 Rymal Rd. E. on Sunday, March 6, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 440 King St. E. on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Joe DeStefano

We regret to announce the death of Joe DeStefano on Monday, February 28, 2022. Joe was the husband of Janet DeStefano, Assistant Custodian, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary school. Visitation will be held at Smith’s Funeral Home, 454 Highway #8 (east of Millen Road) Stoney Creek on Thursday March 3rd, 2022 from 3-5 and 6-9 pm. Prayer Vigil at 8 pm at the Funeral Home. A Funeral mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 934 Highway 8, Stoney Creek on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 11 a.m. Interment at Our Lady of the Angels Cemetery, Stoney Creek. In accordance with provincial regulations, there are no longer capacity limits or vaccination requirements at visitation and funeral services, however, everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain a safe social distance. If desired, memorial contributions to Cancer Assist Program (www.cancerassist.ca), Ontario Beekeepers' Association (www.ontariobee.com) or Wildlife Preservation Canada (www.wildlifepreservation.ca) would be sincerely appreciated by the family. www.smithsfh.com

Claudio Iannone

We regret to announce the death of Claudio Iannone on Monday, February 14, 2022. Claudio was the father of Philip Iannone, Teacher at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School and Adam Iannone, Educational Assistant at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School. He was also the father-in-law of Michelle Belshaw, Teacher at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School. Visitation will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral Home 9947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Friday, February 18, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be offered at St. Anthony of Padua Parish (165 Prospect Street North, Hamilton) on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

John Hough

We regret to announce the death of John Hough on Wednesday February 16, 2022. John was the father of Diane McEvoy, Speech-Language Pathologist. Cremation has taken place. A private family ceremony will be held on Wednesday February 23, 2022.

Roland Lejambe

We regret to announce the death of Roland Lejambe on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Roland was the father of Regina Lejambe, teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School. Funeral arrangements have already taken place. Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Jacqueline Manitowabi

We regret to announce the death of Jacqueline Manitowabi on Monday, February 7, 2022. Jacqueline was the Mother of Tara Agresta, Assistant Custodian at St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in Ancaster and mother-in-law of Dominic Agresta, Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Elementary school. Funeral arrangements have already taken place on February 12, 2022 in Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Marie Denise Gallant

We regret to announce the death of Marie Denise Gallant on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Marie was the mother of Michelle Gallant, Night Custodian at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School. Visitation will be held at Cresmount Funeral Home (322 Fennell Avenue East, Hamilton) on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. In accordance with the regulations of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario due to COVID-19, all events are restricted to a specified number of attendees. Please RSVP in advance by calling 905-387-2111. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Due to capacity restrictions the Funeral Service will be livestreamed on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Link to be provided on funeral home website: https://www.legacy.com/ca/obituaries/thesp ...

Maria Gratta

We regret to announce the death of Maria Gratta on Friday, January 28, 2022. Maria was the mother of Mary Gratta, Clerk-typist at the Plant Department and Rosemary Gratta, French Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Elementary School. Funeral arrangements have already taken place.

Ronald “Ron” James Maxwell

We regret to announce the death of Ronald “Ron” James Maxwell on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Ron was the father of Heather Fleming, Child and Youth Worker and father-in-law of John Fleming, Guidance Teacher at St. John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School. He was also the husband of Mary Maxwell, retired Teacher. Visitation is at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home (36 Lake Avenue Drive, Stoney Creek) on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with Vigil prayers at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (934 Highway 8, Stoney Creek) on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Our Lady of The Angels Cemetery, Stoney Creek. Please visit the Funeral Home website to register your attendance for the visitation and funeral Mass. Due to limited space availability, visitors will be accepted by scheduled appointment only and are reminded that the wearing of mask while indoors in mandatory. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory to Hamilton Health Sciences Memorial Giving at: https://www.hamiltonhealth.ca/memorialgivi ... or Firestone Respiratory Clinic at: https://secure3.convio.net/sjhf/site/Donat ... would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Online condolences and notes of sympathy may be left at https://donaldvbrown.ca/tribute/details/76 ...

Jack Wigham

We regret to announce the death of Jack Wigham on January 31, 2022. Jack was the father of Julie Smith, Relief Switchboard Operator at the Father Kennedy Catholic Education Centre. As per Jack’s wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will take place on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the LG Wallace Funeral Home (151 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton). Due to COVID Restrictions, guests are required call the funeral home at 905-544-1147 to RSVP and book a time to attend.
A Celebration of Jack’s life will take place on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. This service will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend via this link: http://www.livememorialservices.com/Home/S ...
An interment will take place at a later date at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.

Vincenzo Filice

We regret to announce the death of Vincenzo Filice on Thursday, January 27, 2022. Vincenzo was the father of Tiziana Filice-Greco, Social Worker. He was also the grandfather of Jessica Greco, Tutor in the Classroom. Funeral arrangements have taken place. Memorial donations to the Cancer Assist Program (CAP) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Please sign the online Book of Condolences at www.baygardens.ca

Rose Elizabeth Mielko

We regret to announce the death of Rose Elizabeth Mielko on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Rose was the mother of Michael Mielko, Principal at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary School. She was also a retired Teacher with the Board. In accordance with provincial regulations, there is a limit to the number of visitors who may attend at one time. Please RSVP in advance for the visitation and funeral mass on Rose's tribute page at www.smithsfh.com . Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home (454 Highway #8 - east of Millen Road, Stoney Creek 905-664-4222) on Thursday January 21, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. with Prayer Vigil at 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (934 Highway #8 Stoney Creek) on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Urn Interment and A Celebration of Life will be held on a later date. Contributions in Rose’s memory to The Canadian Cancer Society or the Good Shepherd would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Elia Bilanzola

We regret to announce the death of Elia Bilanzola on Friday, on January 7, 2022. Elia was the Mother of Gloria Bilanzola, Teacher at Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School and mother-in-law of Mary Bilanzola, Educational Assistant at St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School. Visitation at Friscolanti Funeral Chapel (43 Barton Street East -near James Street, Hamilton) on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Anthony's Church (165 Prospect Street North, Hamilton) on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations to Juravinski Cancer Centre or the Help a Child Smile Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Please sign the book of condolences at https://www.friscolanti.com/obituary/elia- ...

Pasquale Di Persio

We regret to announce the death of Pasquale Di Persio on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Pasquale was the father of Francine Estrada, Teacher at St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School and Nadia Paolini, Teacher at St. Michael Catholic Elementary School. He was also the father-in-law of Irwin Estrada, Teacher at St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School. Funeral arrangements have already taken place.

Ronald Kocel

We regret to announce the death of Ronald Kocel on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Ronald was the father of Cheryl Kocel, Vice-Principal at St. Mark Catholic Elementary School and he was also a retired Principal with the Board. Cremation has taken place. With much regret, but for the safety of Ron's family and friends, visitation will be cancelled due to the increasing Covid numbers. In lieu of flowers and in Ron's honour, donations to the Woodland Cultural Centre www.woodlandculturalcentre.ca would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Domenico Albini

We regret to announce the death of Domenico Albini on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Domenico was the father of Fabrizio Albini, Special Education Resource Teacher at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School and Maria-Rita Albini, Teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School. Visitation will take place at Smith's Funeral Home (454 Highway #8 – East of Millen Road, Stoney Creek), on Monday, December 27, 2021, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. with a Prayer Vigil at 10:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church (304 Highway #8, Stoney Creek) on Monday, December 27, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. Entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Burlington. In accordance with provincial regulations, there is a limit to the number of visitors who may attend the Visitation. Please RSVP in advance for the Visitation by visiting Domenico's obituary on the Smith's Funeral Home, Stoney Creek Chapel at https://www.smithsfh.com/memorials/domenic ... . Donations can be made in Domenico's memory to the Good Shepherd Centres, the Alzheimer's Society, and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.

Alina Ennion

We regret to announce the death of Alina Ennion on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Alina was the mother of Alexandra Capretta, Designated Early Childhood Educator, St. Matthew Catholic Elementary school and mother in-law to Mauro Capretta, teacher at Our Lady of the Assumption school. Visitation will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 947 Rymal Road East on Friday, December 17, 2021 from 5-9 pm. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 63 Highway 20 East, Stoney Creek, on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre or the Cancer Assistance program would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Madeline Ricci

We regret to announce the death of Madeline Ricci on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. Madeline was the mother of Elyse Tassone, Teacher at Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School and Marisa Ricci, Teacher at Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School and the mother-in-law to Anthony Tassone, Teacher at Cathedral High School. Madeline was a retired E.S.L. teacher at St. Charles wife of Joseph Ricci, former Principal. Visitation is at Bay Garden’s Funeral Home (947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Monday, December 13, 2021, 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. https://baygardens.permavita.com/site/Made ...
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Regina Mundi Church (631 Mohawk Road West) on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Ancaster. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Madeline’s memory to Regina Mundi Parish and Juravinski Hospital, Hematology.

Malcolm Payne

We regret to announce the death of Malcolm Payne on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Malcolm was the father of Shannon Praden, Teacher at St. Joachim Catholic Elementary School. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from1:00-4:00p.m. in the Upper Banquet Hall of the Dundas Legion (280 King Street West, Dundas). Covid protocols to be followed. Donations to Wentworth Lodge Recreation Department or Good Shepherd are sincerely appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be made by visiting www.circleoflifecbc.com .

Emidio Tirabassi

We regret to announce the death of Emidio Tirabassi on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Emidio was the father of Enrico Tirabassi, Custodian at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School and father-in-law of Sandra Tirabassi, Early Childhood Educator at St. Michael Catholic Elementary School. Emidio was also a retired Custodian with the Board. Visitation at Smith's Funeral Home (454 Highway #8 - east of Millen Road, Stoney Creek 905-664-4222) on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 and 6:00-9:00 p.m. A Prayer Vigil will take place at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (934 Highway # 8, Winona) on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. A private family entombment will follow at Our Lady of the Angels Cemetery, Stoney Creek. There are no capacity restrictions for the visitation, however, proof of full vaccination is required to attend. No vaccine required to attend the Funeral Mass, however social distancing and capacity limits are in place. Please RSVP in advance for the visitation and funeral mass on Emidio's tribute page at www.smithsfh.com . In lieu of flowers, donations made in Emidio's memory to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Building Fund would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Shirley Margaret Toth

We regret to announce the death of Shirley Margaret Toth on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Shirley was the mother of Julie Hines, Educational Assistant at Our lady Of Peace Catholic Elementary School. There was no visitation and cremation has already taken place. The family will have a private Mass in Shirley’s memory at St Ann's Church, Ancaster.

Maria Figliola

We regret to announce the death of Maria Figliola on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Maria was the mother of Dora Figliola-Bozzo, ESL Teacher at the Nicholas Mancini Center and mother in-law to Mike Bozzo, retired teacher. Visitation will be held at Cresmount Funeral Home on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 3 – 5 pm and 6:30 – 9 pm. A funeral mass will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 50 Brucedale Avenue East, Hamilton at 10:00 am. As per the Funeral Home Covid Policy, proof of vaccination along with government ID are mandatory. Donations to the McMaster Children's Oncology Department would be greatly appreciated by the family.





Elizabeth (Betty) Busilla

We regret to announce the death of Elizabeth (Betty) Busilla on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Betty was the mother of Kim Stipancic, System Data Analyst in the Information & Communication Technology Department. Arrangements are being handled by P.X. Dermody (Upper Gage) Funeral Home (796 Upper Gage Avenue, Hamilton). Reservations and personal face coverings are required to attend the Celebration of Betty’s life. You can reserve a time for the visitation or the funeral at https://www.dermodys.com/ or by calling the funeral home at 905-388-4141. Visitation will take place on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church (20 Idlewood Ave, Hamilton). Donations in Betty’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Michael Widder

We regret to announce the death of Michael Widder on Sunday November 21, 2021. Michael was the father of Deborah Polak, Teacher at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School and father-in-law of Christopher Polak, Teacher also at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Please note that funeral arrangements will take place at a later date.

Patrick Joseph Brennan

We regret to announce the death of Patrick Joseph Brennan on Thursday, November 4, 2021. Patrick was a retired Director of Education with the Board and served from 1968-1990. Visitation will be held at P.X. Dermody Funeral Home (1919 King Street East, Hamilton) on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Luke’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, anyone wishing to attend the visitation and funeral Mass must RSVP either by calling the funeral home at 905-549-9955 or on the website at www.dermodys.com . Everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Good Shepherd Centres would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can also be made to www.dermodys.com

Filomena Spagnuolo

We regret to announce the death of Filomena Spagnuolo on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Filomena was the mother of Linda Fama, Principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Elementary and mother-in-law of Mark Fama, Teacher at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School. Visitation to be held at Friscolanti Funeral Chapel (43 Barton Street East, Hamilton) on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish (63 Highway 20 East, Stoney Creek) on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington. In keeping with COVID-19 precautions, all guests are required to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Dino Agnello

We regret to announce the death of Dino Agnello on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Dino was the father of Verina Farrell, Secretary at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School. Visitation at Markey-Dermody Funeral Home (1774 King Street East at Kenilworth Street, Hamilton) on Monday, October 25,2021 from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm with Prayers at 3:30 p.m. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering, as well as, provide name and telephone number. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King (714 King Street West, Hamilton) on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will be at Our Lady of Victory Mausoleum, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington.

Domenico Villella

We regret to announce the death of Domenico Villella on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Domenico was the father of Frank Villella, Teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School and Lisa Perino, Teacher at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School. He was also father-in-law of Michael Perino, Teacher at St. Lawrence Catholic Elementary School. The family requests that all visitors attending the funeral home or funeral mass be fully vaccinated. Visitation at Friscolanti Funeral Chapel (43 Barton Street East) on Monday, October 18 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Anthony of Padua Church (165 Prospect Street North, Hamilton) on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions, there is a limitation to the number of guests that can attend the Funeral Mass. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington. Donations in Domenico's memory to St. Peter’s at Chedoke or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

Maria Privilegio

We regret to announce the death of Maria Privilegio on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Maria was the mother of Sandra Scime, Assistant Superintendent of Education at the Nicholas Mancini Centre and Jildana Privilegio, Support Hire at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School. Visitation will take place at the Bay Gardens Funeral Home (947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church (50 Brucedale Avenue, Hamilton).

Michael John Kay

We regret to announce the death of Michael John Kay on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Michael was the father of Laura Dzemionas, Teacher at Cathedral High School and father-in-law of Gedas Dzemionas, Teacher at Cathedral High School. A public visitation will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral Home (947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton - 905 574 0405) on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and a private funeral service will be held. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.ca/en/donate/?s_src=Leg ... would sincerely be appreciated by the family.

Domenico Pirruccio

We regret to announce the death of Domenico Pirruccio on Friday, September 24, 2021. Domenico was the father of Rose Agostino, International Languages Secretary at St. Charles East 5th Campus and grandfather of Krystina Agostino, Teacher at Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School. Visitation will take place Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Friscolanti Funeral Home (43 Barton Street East near James Street, Hamilton). In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, all guests must practice physical distancing and wear a face mask or face covering. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Monday September 27, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at All Souls Church (21 Barton Street West, Hamilton) and entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington.

Calogera Lena Santroni

We regret to announce the death of Calogera Lena Santroni on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Calogera was the mother of Antonella Gattulli, Special Education Resource Teacher at St. James the Apostle Catholic Elementary School. Funeral arrangements have already taken place. Donations in Calogera’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Rita Ann Calcagni

We regret to announce the death of Rita Ann Calcagni on Sunday September 12, 2021. Rita Ann was the mother of Mark Calcagni, Teacher at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School and Danielle Calcagni, Teacher at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Elementary School. Funeral arrangements will take place at Bay Gardens Funeral Home http://baygardens.permavita.com/site/RitaA ... (947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton) on Sunday September 19, 2021 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church (416 Mohawk Road East, Hamilton) on Monday September 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Donations in Rita Ann’s memory to the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Claire Marie Comeau

We regret to announce the death of Claire Marie Comeau on Monday, August 2, 2021. Claire was the mother of Linda Benish, Educational Assistant at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School. Funeral arrangements have taken place. Memorial donations to Creek View Memory Care at Grandview Lodge, Dunnville will be gratefully appreciated by the family. Online tributes and condolences may be made at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obit ...

Ann Boznar

We regret to announce the death of Ann Boznar on Thursday August 26, 2021. Ann was the mother of Monika Maric, Special Education Consultant at the Nicholas Mancini Centre. Ann was also a retired Special Education Resource Teacher. Visitation is at Smith’s Funeral Home (454 Highway #8 - east of Millen Road, Stoney Creek) on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 3:00–7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church (125 Centennial Pkwy North, Hamilton) on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (580 Old York Rd, Burlington). In accordance with provincial regulations, there is a limit to the number of visitors who may attend. Please RSVP in advance for the visitation and Funeral Mass on Ann's tribute page at http://www.smithsfh.com/ or by calling the Funeral Home (between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 905-664-4222. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Gregory the Great Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

Mario D’Alessandro

We regret to announce the death of Mario D’Alessandro on Monday, August 23, 2021. Mario was a Teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School. Visitation is at Bocchinfuso Funeral Home (2 Regent Street, Thorold) on Thursday August 26, 2021, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church (165 Prospect Street at Barton Street, Hamilton) on Friday August 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Our Lady of Victory Mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington. Please consult the funeral home website at www.bocchinfusofh.com for COVID restrictions. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, Juravinski Cancer Center (Hamilton) or the Stratford Festival would be appreciated by the family.

Stella Hunting

We regret to announce the death of Stella Hunting on Monday, August 16, 2021. Stella was the mother of Jessica Dyment, Teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School. Stella was also a retired Teacher. In keeping with Stella’s wishes, a private celebration of life will be held with close family and friends. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Good Shepherd Centres at https://www.goodshepherdcentres.ca/donate/ or Food4Kids Hamilton at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/18537/ ... .

Don Mahinda Athulathmudali

We regret to announce the death of Don Mahinda Athulathmudali on Friday, August 13th, 2021. Don was the husband of Yolande Athulathmudali, retired Assistant to the Principal with the Board. He was the father of Rukshi Athulathmudali, Principal at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School and Inoka Athulathmudali, Educational Assistant with the Board. Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service has already been held in Sri Lanka where he passed away. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Paul Dass

We regret to announce the death of Paul Dass on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Paul was the father of Charles Dass, Spare Building Environmental Systems Operator (BESO)/Custodian. Funeral arrangements will take place at the Welland Funeral Home (827 East Main Street, Welland) with visitation on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. and funeral on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Gustaw “Gus” Wojtowicz

We regret to announce the death of Gustaw “Gus” Wojtowicz on August 7, 2021. Gus was the father of Kristy Taylor, Assistant to the Principal at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School. Due to Covid-19, all visitations and funerals are restricted to a specified number of attendees. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering, as well as provide name and telephone number to funeral home staff. Visitation at the MARKEY-DERMODY FUNERAL HOME, (1774 King Street East at Kenilworth, Hamilton) on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with Vigil Prayers at 7:30 pm. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Polish Church (8 Saint Ann Street, Hamilton) on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Gaspare “Gus” Vasapolli

We regret to announce the death of Gaspare “Gus” Vasapolli on August 5, 2021. Gus was the father of John Vasapolli, Teacher at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School and he was also a retired Custodian. Visitation will be held at Friscolanti Funeral Chapel (43 Barton Street East, Hamilton) on Sunday from 6:00–9:00 p.m. and Monday, August 9 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 pm. Guests are required to wear a mask and socially distance. Due to capacity restrictions, you may have to wait to enter the visitation suite. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Patrick’s Church (440 King Street East, Hamilton) on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hamilton Health Sciences would be kindly appreciated.