Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre

356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, ON


Santino "Sandy" Gemmiti

27 February, 193224 March, 2020
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Gemmiti, Santino (Sandy) passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 24, 2020 at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Beloved Husband to his sweetheart Maria, and incredibly proud Father of Mary Lou, Angela, Giuliano (Christine Ayotte), and Tina (Jeff O’Neill). Adoring Grandfather of Carla (Jason Aurora ), Chris (Jacqueline), Jamie (Sabrina Mullen), Janet, Sandy (Jenn Robinson), Sonia (Ryan Barnett), Kennedi, Calem and Karis. Cherished Great-grandfather of Savannah, Adelaide, Madison, Hannah, Lucas, Ella, Kohen, Tessa, Alexander, Nora, Sonny and Esmé. Dear brother to Tony Gemmiti (Thelma), Quinty Gemmiti (Carol) and the late Vince and Mario Gemmiti. Santino was born to Giuliano and Lucia Gemmiti on February 27, 1932 in Sora, Lazio, Italy. At the young age of 19, he boarded a ship, paving the way and becoming the first of his brothers to immigrate to Canada. It is on this voyage that he met the love of his life, Maria. Within a year of meeting, the two were married and began what was to be a long, happy life together in Peterborough, Ontario. Sandy’s life was driven by passion. All who knew him knew of his love and devotion to his wife and four children, which grew to include a legacy of grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he took immense pride in. Sandy was gifted with a magical voice, which he graciously shared at many weddings, funerals, church gatherings and theatre performances. Sandy’s abilities were not limited to singing- bowling, golfing, curling- everything he did, he seemed to excel at. Sandy will be remembered most however, for the infamous “Sandy’s Barbershop” and the memories shared within its four walls. A trip to Sandy’s barbershop included for most, an afternoon of jokes, songs, stories and laughter shared between Sandy, his customers, and his best-friend Kurt. Sandy’s crooked grin, his confident swagger, and his generous heart will be deeply missed by all those blessed to have known him. Due to policies in place during these unprecedented times, a public Celebration of Life will be announced and held when government restrictions have been lifted.


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Santino "Sandy" Gemmiti

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Sheila Blythe-Saucier

5 May 2020

I had the honor of getting to know Sandy when I worked for his family as a nurse taking care of Sandy's needs around the house as he aged. He was such a sweet man with many good stories to tell. He was an amazing person who took tremendous pride in his family, business and home. I will always remember him fondly.

Ervens Mengelle

7 April 2020

From a distance, I want to present my condolences to the family of Sandy Gemmiti, a faithful parishioner and fellow in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. May the Lord reward him for his kindness and generosity and may He provide comfort and consolation to his family and friends.
Fr. Ervens Mengelle IVE

Doreen Gemmiti

2 April 2020

Dear Mary Lou, Giuliano, Angie & Tina:

As you lay your dad to his final resting place, I find myself reflecting on the many good times shared with both your mom & dad:
-the games of euchre where the noise level would almost break the sound barrier
- the warm hospitality & delicious food when we visited
- your dad showing off his garden and loaded grapevines
-your dad's compassion to my brother and the numerous times he came to my place to cut his hair
- remembering your dad's lovely singing voice still brings a tear to my eyes
A lot of happy memories - too many to mention.

RIP Sandy - looking forward to meeting up with you & Maria in the-life-to-come.

Aunt Doreen

Elaine Gilders

31 March 2020

To The Gemmiti Family
I grew up in the south end of Peterborough and Sandy became a dear friend to my dad In my early years I drove race horses and he and my dad would love to go the races here and in Toronto I recall there being some pretty interesting stories! When my dad passed away Sandy sang at his funeral I was so touched by this and will always remember his beautiful voice Sandy also gave my son his first hair cut 34 years ago and I can remember how kind and gentle he was. He loved to talk and could cover any topic someone brought up He was an amazing man and will be missed dearly
Elaine Gilders (Burke)

Claudia Gardiman

31 March 2020

Dear Lou, Tina, Carla and entire Gemmiti Family,

My deepest condolences for the loss of your dear Papa.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Sandy over the course of 10 years, and I can truly say each of your possesses a quality of his.
I see his sense of humour, his determination, his pride, and his cheekiness throughout the family (even in those beautiful great-grandchildren)- his memory lives on in each and every one of you.

May he rest in peace with his beloved wife.

Sandy Edwards

28 March 2020

My sincere sympathies to Lou, Angie, Giuliano and Tina and of course all your extended families.
I have many fond memories from years gone by of being with the whole Gemmiti family sharing laughter and love.
Sandy was a very caring, dedicated family man who will be missed by all who were privileged to know him.
May your memories of him provide you some comfort in this sad time.
Sandy Edwards

roslyn & barry palynchuk

28 March 2020

dear Gemmiti family (Lou , Tina .Angie )

May your memories of your dear Dad help you sustain you at this difficult time .

Our love and Prayers are with you ...

God Bless. Roslyn . Barry and family xo

Mark Gaul

27 March 2020

Giuliano and Christine,

Our sincere sympathies on the passing of your dear father. He was a very handsome man and we know his presence will be missed.

Much Love,
Mark and Carla

Dianne & Ivan Mills

27 March 2020

Angela, Jamie, Janet and all the Gemmiti Family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of Sandy. So sorry to hear this. He was such a great guy and will truly be missed by many.

Rita Tunnicliffe

27 March 2020

My sympathy to the Gemmiti family. Met this charming man and his wife Maria at St. JOHNS SCHOOL during the 60s. What a beautiful family they were. Sandy's legacy will be his beautiful family and the memories they created together. So glad to have known them. Sincere sympathy from Mrs. T.


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