Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home & Chapel

96 West Street, Brantford, ON


Donato (Don) Picheca

15 July , 193721 September , 2019

PICHECA, Donato (Don) In Toronto on September 21, 2019, in his 82nd year, Donato passed away peacefully at Christie Gardens, after a lengthy struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was surrounded by his loving daughters and their families. Don, predeceased by his wife Angie (2012), will be dearly missed by Nancy Fornasiero (Mark) of Oakville, Donna Picheca (Saul Cordova), Christine Picheca of Toronto, and Lory Picheca (Jeremy Wilson) of Ottawa, in addition to his cherished grandchildren, Robbie, Sam, Gabriel, Peter and Daniella. Born in Celle di San Vito in 1937, Don will be missed by family in Canada and abroad. Predeceased by his siblings Prospero (Elena), Antonio (Amy), Iole (Donato), Aldo (Madeleine), Cesare (Gina), Giuseppina (Antonio), he is mourned by his brother Bruno (Mimie) of France, sister Maria (Mauro) DeSantis of Norfolk County, and his brother-in-law John Del Rossi (Isabel) of Brantford. Zio Don also holds a special place in the hearts of his many nieces and nephews. After emigrating from Italy in 1958, Donato worked at various jobs including mining, carpentry and welding. In 1971 he fulfilled his entrepreneurial dream when, together with Angie, he opened a grocery-butcher shop. Picheca’s Food Market operated successfully for over 20 years and served as a hub for Brantford’s Italian-Canadian community. A self-made man, Don was proud of the life he provided for his family despite his humble beginnings. He was prouder yet of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, which are no doubt linked to his example and lessons in hard work and tenacity. Don held many other roles, particularly during his retirement years: mentor/advisor, master gardener, home renovator, woodworker, gastronome, dancer, music lover, Juventus fanatic, and especially being a devoted Nonno. Everywhere he went, from his many worldwide trips with Angie, to his move to Oakville in 2010, to his years living in retirement residences, his warm outgoing personality won him friends and fans instantly. He was a true “people person” and will be missed by many. Friends will be received at the Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home, 96 West Street, Brantford on Tuesday, Sept 24 from 2–4 pm and at 7–9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Church, 9 Waverly Street, Brantford, on Wednesday, Sept 25 at 10 am. Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with reception to follow. The Picheca daughters would like to thank the many compassionate care partners who not only supported our father in recent years, but also doted on him like he was family. If desired, please consider a donation in honour of Don to The Christie Gardens Foundation (www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-christie-gardens-foundation/), or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at www.thorpebrothersfh.com. (519) 759-2211


  • If desired, please consider a donation in honour of Don to The Christie Gardens Foundation (www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-christie-gardens-foundation/), or to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, 24 September , 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, 25 September , 2019


Donato (Don) Picheca

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Diane & Giulio Picheca

28 September 2019

Uncle Don leaves with his passing a wonderful life of accomplishments. A time such as this we wish never would come and trust that like ourselves the everlasting memories of Uncle Don’s deeds and infectious humour are of comfort for all at this sad time. Uncle Don was a man of style, class, and elegance that was undeniable. He always knew what was right and his generosity and empathy for others was unsurpassed. He was the glue that held us together and he leaves behind a legacy of kindness and grace. There are few opportunities in this life to know and love a man like Uncle Don and I am proud to acknowledge his presence in my life as an everlasting gift and voice my admiration and thankfulness at having him be one of the most treasured and influential men of my life. Both Diane and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to my cousins and all of the Picheca’s and send our love and prayers.

Maria Tony and Anna Conti

24 September 2019

We extend out heartfelt condolences to the Pichega Girls and family. Being part of our extended family in Brantford, our memories are of smiles and inclusiveness wherever we met: in the family store, at his sister Pina’s house, any family gathering we’d attended; we felt we were part of his family. Memories are always ours to keep and relive. Donato now with his siblings, will continue to be remembered with the widest of smiles, the heartiest of laughter and all the embracing hugs the Pichegas are known for.
Much love ,
The Joe Conti family ❤️

Lisa DeSantis

24 September 2019

Will always remember the day we brought Uncle Don north hunting grouse. Stopping for a road side lunch and a Grey Whiskey jack ( Grey Jay ) tried to steal his sandwich out of his hand. Driving the logging roads looking for birds and Uncle Don fell asleep. I hit a bump, he woke up and said, Lisa, I'm mad at you! Why Uncle Don? Cause you woke me up from a beautiful dream..😁 We will miss you. Love always Lisa and Jim