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Obituary for Pio Drudi

Pio Drudi died peacefully on March 17, 2024. He spent his final days surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 10, 1926, in Longiano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, the second of five children.

In 1951, he immigrated to Canada. After arriving in Halifax by boat in December, he headed to northern Ontario, ill-prepared for the harsh winter. Though fluent in French, he spoke no English at the time, and often told the story of his arrival in South Porcupine, where he cried when a passerby spoke to him in Italian. After working in a Timmins gold mine for several years, he moved to Toronto.

It was there that he met Fiorella Angeloni: he saw her in a photograph at her sister’s house and decided she was the one for him. They married in 1959 and built a life together.

Pio was a joyful, capable man. He worked for many years at Artex precast as a construction crew foreman working on many of the office towers in downtown Toronto. His expertise saw him travel abroad to oversee work at Battery Park in Manhattan and Canary Wharf in London.” He was always happy to help with DIY projects or offer opinions of the workmanship of any given structure. At his 90th birthday, he delighted in dancing with Fiorella for the gathered crowd. But his greatest pleasure was presiding over feasts from his post at the head of the table, his family around him.

He spent the last years of his life at Villa Colombo. His family is grateful to the staff there who took such thoughtful care of him.

He will be deeply missed by his children and their spouses: Irene and Sergio, Carlo and Rosalinda; his grandchildren and their partners: Cassandra and Dennis, Zachary and Jaleh, Jonathan and Nimisha, Catherine and Jason; his great-grandchildren Dashiell, Jude and Millicent; his sisters Frances Marchese and Marcella Foschi; his sisters-in-law Velia Corrente and Antonietta Drudi; and his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by Fiorella, his wife of 63 years, his parents and his brothers Arnold and Bruno Drudi.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Bernardo Funeral Homes Dufferin Chapel. A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Bernardo Funeral Homes, with interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer Society Toronto and Villa Charities Foundation.

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