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Saverio "Sam" Tassone

26 January, 19416 October, 2018
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TASSONE, Saverio (Sam) After a lengthy illness, at Scarborough General Hospital on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at 77 years of age. Loving father of Joe (Jackie), Marie Jr. (Steve) and Sam Jr. (Cindy). Beloved Nonno to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Saverio will be fondly remembered by Marie Sr., his sisters and brothers, Anna (the late Gelindo), Tosca (Ted), Ersilia (Joe), Libero (Laura), Natale (Paula) and his extended family and friends. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Friday, October 12th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH, 903 Giffard Street, Whitby on Friday, October 12th at 1:00 p.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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Saverio "Sam" Tassone

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Troy March

13 October 2018


Our deepest condolences through this time. Holding you in our thoughts and hoping you are doing okay.

We are thinking of you as you celebrate your father’s life and sending healing prayers.

We are so sorry for your loss.

- Troy & Shannon

Wendie M

11 October 2018


Our Sympathy goes out to you and your family.

May you find the love, and warmth of those who care for you comforting,

And may each memories somehow help you face every new tomorrow.

Be strong and think of the good times you had with your nonooo.

We are here always.

Wendie, Louis and Troy

Terri Camore

11 October 2018

To the Tassone family,
May Sam Sr play his accordion for the Angels and his talent for transforming rocks into beautiful jewelery take up where he left off,
I wish you all peace
Love Terri and family...

Ann Jones

10 October 2018

Dear Marie and Family:
Accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. It was an honour to have met him. His legacy lives on in each of you. May you have peace and comfort in each moment of each day.
Ann Jones and family

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While it is possible to receive good counsel from a wide circle of family and friends, few could do it with the skill and aptitude of Saverio (Sam) Tassone. He had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought his help. Sam was a forward-looking man whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone he met. He could be quiet and reserved, but his style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Sam was a master at using imagery when he explained his ideas and concepts. He seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around him. His sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made him a wonderful friend for all who knew him.

From the time he was born on January 26, 1941, Sam showed a deep concern for others. He was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Sam came into this world at a house in the mountains of Grotteria, Calabria South Italy. His parents were Giuseppe and Maria Tassone. Sam was raised in Bressanone, Bolzano Italy and Toronto, Ontario.

Because fellowship was so important to him, Sam promoted harmony with his siblings. He was raised with six siblings. He had two younger brothers, Libero, Natale and four younger sisters, Anna, Tosca, Ersilia and Sara. Sam was something of the family diplomat. He helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

As a young boy, Sam interacted well with other children. He was helpful and an independent person who had a vivid imagination. Sam had a number of interests in his youth. He was an active child. Sam took part in skiing, skating, hiking in the mountains with his uncle, soccer, bike riding and bocce ball. In his spare time he liked Astronomy and raising silk worms.

A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Sam was considered by many to be a high achiever. He graduated from Central Tech High School and enjoyed some classes more than others, having favourite courses and teachers. His favourite classes in high school were Art, Music and History.

Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Sam was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer his group of friends. He was generally friendly to all who knew him, yet to some he seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Sam, they recognized that he could be full of surprises. Sam enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. He would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of his ability to read people, he had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. While growing up, some of his best friends were Hank & Maria, Bob (accordion buddy), Francis & Eva and Luciano Laghi. Later in life, he became friends with Bob Thompson, Claus & Marie Plock, Andy & Ruth and Brian & Tess.

Sam was a romantic, he was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show his emotions without going overboard about it. On April 22, 1961 Sam exchanged wedding vows with Marie Kathleen Sellen at St. Peters Church of Toronto, Ontario. Many years later Sam would marry Verna on a December day at his sister Tosca's house in Pickering, Ontario.

All who knew him would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Sam was able to bond with his children. While he could be a firm disciplinarian, he could also fill the role of being a collaborator with his kids. Sam was always a mentor who helped his family reach its full potential. Sam was blessed with three children, two sons, Joe and Sam, and one daughter, Marie. He was also blessed with six grandchildren, Tania, Mathew, Natasha, Joshua, Devan and Mitchell and 11 great grandchildren, Riley, Tristan, Lexus, Nico, Amelia, Elijia, Santino, Santonio,Taliah, Emelio and Monique.

Sam projected a subtle but positive influence in his workplace. He was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and he worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. While his colleagues did not view him as a high-spirited type, Sam was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for his ideas. He could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn’t one to seek out personal recognitions. He possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. He was an innovator who worked well independently, and he enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. His primary occupation was as Musician (Music Teacher), he was also a Baker, Pizza maker and Gemologist.

As an imaginative and inventive person, Sam was comfortable showing his creative spirit. He enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Once Sam took on a new project, he saw it through to its completion. His favourite pursuits were playing the Accordion, studying Astronomy, Gemology, cooking, he was also a classic car enthusiast. He also enjoyed eating and spending time with his family and friends.

Sam was one who put forth his best effort in every aspect of his life, and that carried over to his participation in sports as well. His sense of diligence inspired others and in turn drew best efforts from his teammates. Recreational sports included bowling and fishing. Sam was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favourite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were hockey and soccer.

Sam was a man with clear convictions and high principles, and his faith was important to him. He was an inspiration to many people who recognized his sense of commitment and esteem for others. In his younger years he was an Altar Boy.

Sam's strong skills in long-range planning and project completion, a quality that positively influenced his travel and vacation planning. Favourite vacations included travelling to the East Coast of Canada and Syracuse, New York.

Sam was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Sam's favorites were his dogs Sierra, Shadow, Ace and Margie. They were best friends for many years. His family was rounded out by his many dogs and cats.

As someone who treasured harmony and quiet, Sam accepted retirement and made the most of it. That day finally came in January 1, 2006, and Sam was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Cannington, Ontario. In retirement, he found new pleasure in working with semi-precious stones and cooking.

Sam passed away on October 6, 2018 at Scarborough General Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario. Congestive heart failure. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were held at St. John the Evangelist Parish. Sam was laid to rest in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Whitby, Ontario.

Though he could be a private person at times, Sam was always able and willing to give of himself. He was so in tune with others that he often seemed able to read their minds. Sam carried with him an almost mystical sense of life. He was a person who was highly original in his thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of his life. A poetic, intuitive “teacher”, Saverio Tassone shared himself freely and family and friends will remember Sam for the strength of his convictions.