In Memory of



Obituary for Antonio Ruffolo

RUFFOLO, Antonio

January 16, 1936 – February 9, 2023

Surrounded by his loving family, Antonio passed away peacefully on February 9, 2023 at the age of 87 at Humber River Hospital. He will be forever missed by his loving wife Gelsomina. Cherished by his children Gasper (Silvia) and Anna Maria. Proud Nonno of Lianna (Matthew Fimiani), Daniela (Anthony Suppa), & Antonio and proud Bisnonno of Mia Isabella & Andrew Anthony.

Antonio [Gigino] was born in Cosenza, Calabria, Italy in 1936, to Vincenzo and Giuseppina.   He grew up surrounded by his many siblings, family and friends.   In 1961 he married the love of his life Nina and in 1962 they welcomed their first child together Gasper.   Like many others, he decided to move to Canada in search of a better life for himself and his young family.  He worked very hard build a home and provide for his family.   He was very social, was a member of clubs and enjoyed spending time with his many friends on St. Clair.  He loved to play scopa, brisk and many other Italian card games.   He loved fast cars and music.  In 1980 Antonio became a father for the second time to his beloved daughter Anna Maria.   Antonio adored his little girl, and they shared an extremely strong bond.   In 1989 the family began to grow as Gasper married Silvia and together they ushered in the next generation to the family.  In 1991, Lianna was born and Antonio became a nonno for the first time.   A few years later Daniela and Antonio arrived.   He cherished the role of being a nonno.   In 2000, tragedy struck his family, when his wife was diagnosed with a very serious life altering illness.   Antonio stepped up to help care for his wife and never left her side even when he himself became ill in the latter years.   The years ahead would be difficult ones, but he never gave up.   As a family that has gone through many tough times, himself and his family appreciated and celebrated the good one so much more.   Antonio was ecstatic when his great – grandchildren Mia Isabella and Andrew Anthony were born.   Through it all he lived he life with courage, strength and integrity.  He was a fighter until his last moments.   His example can serve as an inspiration to all of us.   

Our family wishes to express gratitude to Antonio’s PSWs, in particular Lily, Astier and Norma who cared for and helped assist him until the end.     

Visitation will be held at Bernardo Funeral Home – Dufferin Chapel (2960 Dufferin St., south of Lawrence Ave. W.) on Sunday February 12, 2023 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Antonio’s memory at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church (811 Lawrence Ave. W., at Dufferin St.) on Tuesday February 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.  Entombment to follow at Prospect Cemetery (1450 St. Clair Ave. W.)