Joseph Grimaldi

7 May, 19334 October, 2020

Joseph Michael Grimaldi was born on May 7, 1933 in Toronto and passed away on October 4, 2020 in Toronto at the age of 87 years.

Joseph was predeceased by his beloved brother Salvador, sisters Gina and Rita and brother-in-law Angelo. Loving brother of Rosemarie Comella (Nee Grimaldi), brother-in-law of Millie Grimaldi, and Paul Dosage. Cherished uncle of James, Peter, Steaven (Nancy) and Anita (Gary). Joseph was a brilliant musician, educator, storyteller and a life-long learner. A dedicated teacher for over 25 years, he taught at Bloor Collegiate, St. Michael’s Choir School, and Dante Alighieri Academy. Joseph always had a place in his heart and in his home for those in need. He will be loved, deeply missed and forever remembered by all of his family and friends. Family and friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (1 block east of Dufferin) on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 2pm-5pm. The Funeral Mass will be on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11am St. Clare’s Catholic Church, 1118 St. Clair Ave. W. Cremation to follow privately.

If desired, donations in memory of Joseph Grimaldi may be made to the Faculty of Music Library at the University of Toronto. Donations may be made online, via cheque or by calling. The options for donations are as follows: • Online donation: and choose “Chief Librarian's Priority Fund.” • By cheque: Donations Management, J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House, 21 King's College Circle, Toronto ON, M5S 3J3. • Call: Contact Anna Maria Romano directly at the University of Toronto at 416-978-3600 (or use the toll free number of 1-800-463-6048). PLEASE NOTE: Friends and family should indicate it is a gift in memory of Joseph Grimaldi. If you would like the family to be notified of your gift, please indicate that, along with any message you would like included with the notification.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS The Bereavement Authority of Ontario has mandated: • Permitted gathering sizes inside a building for funeral visitation and chapel services, will be up to 30% of the maximum room capacities (excluding funeral staff) while maintaining the six foot physical distancing rule. • To ensure safety and minimize potential spread of COVID-19, this Registrar’s Directive sets new restrictions for gatherings at cemeteries within those three public health unit boundaries, effective Monday, Sept. 21: Cemeteries within the boundaries of the Ottawa, Peel and Toronto public health units must limit attendance to a maximum of 25 people (not counting funeral staff) at all attendances, funerals, visitations, funeral receptions, and graveside services on cemetery property. • Further to the Registrar’s Guidance issued on June 15, 2020, wearing masks or face coverings is mandatory for all persons (funeral staff and attendees) inside all funeral establishments or any other indoor setting where a funeral or visitation is held


  • Visitation

    Thursday, 8 October , 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, 9 October , 2020

  • Cremation to Follow Privately

    Friday, 9 October , 2020


Joseph Grimaldi

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Erich Ross Hudson

19 October 2020

I have known Joseph for over 30 years!
Wonderful memories of him visiting on my old boat on the harbor front in Toronto.
He was a mentor and a father figure and we had great conversations about medical advancements to world developments.
Will be greatly missed!

Denis Kocaoglu

16 October 2020

I met Joseph at our folk dance and music practices with Anatolian Folk Dance company. I can’t say that I knew him well, but what I mostly remember is that he was a kind man with a huge heart and a gentle soul. I know him for his love of music, his knowledge of Turkish music, and his performances of music.

A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. Joseph will be terribly missed as he was loved by all of us and he will be cherished in our memories forever. I am truly honored and blessed to have known Joseph, and I will never forget him.

My thoughts and condolences go out to all who loved Joe, and all his family.

May you rest in piece my friend.

Eunice Savino

14 October 2020

I will always remember Joe as kind and generous to all who crossed his path. Rest In Peace.


14 October 2020

GRIMALDI i am sadden speechless that you have passed away .
I know you since 1982. You joined us (Anatolian music Group) and played famous duduk with us for so long that I remember every one of them. You are inspiration for all of us . You are soft spoken like big brother to us. You were and will be part of our music family
My condolence to all your family . Rest in peace . Guy like you will definitely be in the heaven . Rest in peace . We will miss you forever

Bora Inceoglu

14 October 2020

It is very sad that I learned Joseph passed away. He was a mentor, big brother, teacher for our music group for many years. He will be remembered for his dedication and knowledge of Turkish folk music and history. As a friend and big brother to us, he was always there for us in many practices and shows we have done since 1982. We love you Joseph and Rest In Peace.

Bora Inceoglu
President, Anatolian Folk Dancers

agatha lamantia

8 October 2020

so sorry to hear about joe my thoughts and prayers are with everyone i will always remember the fabulous parties that joe had Rest in peace my friend AgathaLamantia librarian dante academy

Marcello Tanzini

8 October 2020

Joseph found beauty and wonderment in everything and everyone he met. For this he was deeply loved and respected. We will miss you brother, as we toast (with the finest grappa ) a life well lived!

Yolanda (Milli) Grimaldi

8 October 2020

Dear Giuseppe (as his brother Salvador used to call him) has been for me a dear brother-in-law, music partner, linguist and brilliant story teller, for fifty-six years, since we first met in Mexico City.
I will miss his singing and his interpretation of French, Italian, Greek, Turkish and Jewish songs, to name a few, many of which I learned from him.
We may never sing and play again together but his voice and his playing of different instrument will be alive in my memory with all its beauty and musicality.
Thank you Joseph for the gift of your friendship and love.
Milli Grimaldi

Sharon Raimondi Kirk

8 October 2020

I had Mr.Grimaldi at Bloor Collegiate in (I think) 1964. I remember doing something dumb in class & he told me he would send me aback to Italy on a FLYING PIZZA..
He was a good teacher & I obviously never forgot him.
My deepest condolences to the family.
RIP Sir.
Sharon Raimondi Kirk.

Joe Raco

7 October 2020

So sad to hear so soon after the passing of our friend Eugene. The three of us enjoyed going to many bars and restaurants.
I recall the time we had report cards to fill out and marking to do and you would take so many breaks to show me a few dance moves I don’t think we ever finished those report cards. Those were the days of hand written report cards and staff student hockey games were you paraded in the gym like a Roman emporer.
Your sense of humour and your humanity and the thousands of lives you touched and the many you rescued will not be forgotten.


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