Rosario Marcello

Rosario Marcello

Friday, September 2nd, 1938 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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September 2, 1938 - May 7, 2020

It is with profound sorrow, we mourn the loss of our beloved father and nonno, Rosario Marcello. On May 7, 2020 at the age of 81, Rosario was called home to join his late wife Nancy, who is welcoming him with open arms. Cherished father to Pasquale and Bruno (Filomena). Proud nonno to Gianluca, Rosario, Massimo and Daniel. Beloved brother to his siblings Isabella, Rosa, Anna (Roberto), Onforio (Nadia), Basilia (Fulvio) in Milan, Italy and the late Domenica and late Giorgio. He will be missed dearly by his sisters-in-law Brunina and Guiseppina of Toronto. Also, Brother-in-law Cosimo. Rosario will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and their families.

In the 1960’s, Rosario left his home in Milano, previously Pizzo, Calabria, and embarked on the journey of a lifetime, to start a life in Canada. He married the love of his life, Nancy, in April 1968 and went on to raise a beautiful family, that was the centre of his universe. He spent many years being companion and caregiver to his wife Nancy, while always opening his home to friends and family. He loved to have you visit with him, talk and share a meal. In the last 14 years of his life, his focus was always his children and grandchildren. He loved nothing more than to hear their voices and give them hugs and kisses. Even as he battled illness for 10 years, he never lost his focus on his family. He loved them beyond words and they in return.

During this unprecedented situation with COVID-19, it is with heavy hearts that the funeral service is private. This will ensure that we continue to keep our family and friends safe and do our part to continue to minimize the spread of COVID-19. A link will be made available for the live stream of the private service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Rosario be directed to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Online condolences may also be left on the Memory Wall.

We are forever grateful for your love, support and understanding during this difficult time. A memorial and celebration of life will be held for all friends and family at a future date.
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    Queen of Heaven Cemetery
    7300 Highway 27
    Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 1A5
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Donations are being accepted for: The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


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Private Condolence

Carmela Karalis

Posted at 06:54pm
Our sincere condolences to Lino, Bruno, and their families. Our prayers and thoughts are will you all in this time of sorrow.
George and Carm Karalis


Posted at 11:13am
Our deepest condolences are sent to all of you from us. Saro was a dear friend to us. We had many great days together on Shaw st. We will hold on to these memories forever! Forza Milan!
Love, Furlan Family

George Marcello

Posted at 08:49pm
Pasquale, Bruno, and families, my deepest condolences on the loss of my dear cousin Saro. Having him in my life was a great privilege and honour, he will be missed tremendously. I pray for his eternal repose. God bless.

George Marcello Posted at 08:52pm

From Tony Marcello

George Marcello

Posted at 08:22pm
The loss of my cousin Saro leaves me very sad and with much sorrow. I got to know Saro and was closer to him since he arrived in Toronto. Every since that time, we shared together with our families, some sad events but many many happy occasions. I will never forget every time I would go down to his house, his welcome to me was always the same content expression "CIAO CUGINO BELLO". In years past, every Good Friday, the meeting place after the procession was Saro and Nunziata's house. There we would share a laugh or two drinking a good glass of Saro's homemade wine. Saro was very happy and proud of his children, Pasquale and Bruno, but mostly happy about his four grandchildren. The early passing of Nunziata left an empty spot in the household but Saro always managed to keep a smile on his face, mostly for his sons and his loved ones. I remember the many times we would get together and play cards with my father, our Zio Domenico and my late cousin George. These were happy occasions but the blood pressure would raise in each one of us blaming one another for putting down the wrong card. At the end, we all got up from the table with a smile on our face. I remember the many times discussing with Saro his favourite soccer team, AC Milan, I jokingly would tease him by saying his team was finished, that they could not win anymore. In some of those occasions, Pat and Bruno were also present but Saro did not need any help defending his team or the teams history. The team was very sacred to him and at the end he was always the winner. In the summer time, Saro and Nunziata loved planting vegetables in their backyard and surely their produce was the best. From huge tomatoes to very tall zucchini and cucumbers, I would always leave their house with a bag full of veggies or homemade salami or a bottle of wine. They always managed to make the best and tastiest. Saro loved to cook and his specialty dish was his homemade 'trippa' which was finger licking good, together with a glass of wine. These are only a few of the many memories shared between our families. Due to the present circumstances, my family and I together with my brother Tony, are saddened that we are not able to say our final goodbye and not able to attend the funeral. I now say to you Saro ' CIAO CUGINO BELLO, may you rest in peace, until we meet again.'

Sam Carchidi and family

Posted at 09:33pm
Lino, Bruno and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Zio Saro will truly be missed. Our deepest condolences.

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