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Giovanni Battistel

Giovanni Battistel

Tuesday, February 19th, 1924 - Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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Obituary

On Thursday September 17, 2020, Giovanni Battistel, loving husband, wonderful father of two and proud grandfather of three, passed away at age 96.

Giovanni was born on February 19, 1924 in Vilotta di Chions, Pordenone, Italy. He was a tenant farmer in an extended family of 18. He believed a better life existed, so, at age 19, he travelled to Yugoslavia and became a tunnel digger. He used explosives to blast through mountains to create train and street passages. After returning to Italy to complete his military service obligation, he left for Belgium to work in a coal mine. He then moved to Switzerland and found a job farming.

In 1952, he boarded a ship to Canada. He was sponsored by the Canadian government to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a navvy. He chose to leave that occupation and briefly tried bricklaying. He moved to Bradford, Ontario and farmed in Holland Marsh. During this time, he discovered he loved carpentry. He returned to Italy briefly and married Elena in 1956. They decided to make Canada their home. Eventually, they settled in Toronto.Â

Giovanni is remembered as a kind and generous person, with a smile on his face and a marvellous sense of humour. He was always ready to help family and friends. His fierce determination to succeed enabled him to realize his greatest accomplishments: raise a family and own a house.

Giovanni is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elena, his two daughters, Sue and Nancy (John) and grandchildren Eric, Madeline (Shake) and Lucas.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation is appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    DeMarco Funeral Home
    Address
    3725 Keele Street
    TORONTO, ON M3J 1N4
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    DeMarco Funeral Home
    Address
    3725 Keele Street
    TORONTO, ON M3J 1N4
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
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  • Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 9:30am
    When
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 9:30am
    Location
    DeMarco Funeral Home
    Address
    3725 Keele Street
    TORONTO, ON M3J 1N4
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 |
    When
    Monday, September 21st, 2020
    Location
    Queen Of Heaven
    Address
    7300 Hwy # 27
    WOODBRIDGE, ON L4L 1A5
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Donations are being accepted for: HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF ONTARIO.

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Stefano Battistuta

Posted at 12:25pm
An heartfelt thought from your relatives in Italy, and a little tree for the future of us all. Stefano, Glenda, Graziella, Gianni, Luisa and families.
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Daniela Martinis

Posted at 03:13pm
Dear Zia Elena, Sue, Nancy and families, our sincerest condolences on the passing of Zio Giovanni. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ... Paolo and Daniela Guglielmin
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Lily-Beth Fernandez

Posted at 09:31am
Our deepest condolences Sue and family. Our thoughts and prayers goes to all of you in this difficult time.

Love,
Lily-Beth and Family
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Posted at 01:21pm
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