Sarah "Sally" Jane DiGaetano

October 29, 1954January 29, 2021

Sarah “Sally” DiGaetano (nee Jesty) “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” - George Bernard Shaw

Surrounded by a great and loving family, Sally left us peacefully on January 29, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer. Known for her dynamic personality and caring nature, Sally was a strong and supportive presence in the lives of those she loved, and her loss is deeply felt by many. Family was the central theme of Sally’s life; she experienced it in many forms, and it defines her remarkable legacy. Born in Nova Scotia, Sally first experienced family during her early life in Cape Breton on Campbell’s Hill, where she was adopted by the Campbell family as an infant. A red-headed, freckle-faced ‘Tom Boy’ as a youngster, Sally was affectionately known by older brothers Hector and Chester as “little Joe”, a nickname that stuck for life. When her adoptive mother Lizzie Campbell passed suddenly, Sally was blessed again, at the age of seven, to be adopted by her permanent family - loving parents, Anne and Dan Jesty. With the addition of a younger sister, Donna, Sally enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Ontario -- never wanting for anything. Life included many close friends and extended family. Anne and Dan surrounded Sally with a lifetime of constant love and support, a deep relationship that firmly entrenched the importance and strength of family for Sally. In her early 20’s Sally was blessed to meet a beautiful man, Peter DiGaetano, who became her partner of 41 years. With Peter came the large DiGaetano family, and the addition of his siblings and spouses who treated Sally as one of their own; yet another extended family for her. Sally and Peter married in 1979 and soon began their own family. Over the next four years, their two became five with the addition of Michael, Matthew, and Adam. Sally committed to motherhood full-time for her boys. As a stay-at-home mom, she was active in countless school functions and church events, and actively helped Peter with his company. Alongside Peter, Sally devoted all her adult years to the needs of her strong, remarkable sons, who brought her great happiness, and of whom she is incredibly proud. As the boys grew, they met their life partners who would become the daughters Sally never had -- Sonia (Michael), Tanya (Matthew), and Melissa (Adam). Sally’s family grew yet again with the blessings of grandchildren who brought her immense joy, including Ava, Sebastian and Mattias, and her step-grandchildren Martina, Chelsea, Riley, and Walker. Sally’s life story and legacy IS the story of family. While no longer physically with us, that love continues to resonate in the bonds of all those who were fortunate enough to be in one of her many family circles. Gratefully, Sally had her ‘earlier heaven’ in many happy families throughout her life. Sally was known for her gift of conversation. And so, it is only appropriate that she have the final word here: “To all my family and friends – I love you. I will miss you and you will always live in my heart.” – Sally. Due to Covid restrictions, a memorial mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Stronach Cancer Centre at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket would be appreciated by the family. On-line condolences may be left at


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Sarah "Sally" Jane DiGaetano

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Dave Valerio

February 17, 2021

Our deepest and sincere condolences to the entire DiGaetano family.

Dave and Anita Valerio

Matt DiLullo

February 10, 2021

Growing up one street over and spending so much time with the DiGaetano family, we were lucky to been affected by Sally’s shining light. Whether we were playing road hockey outside all day or Nintendo in the DiGaetano basement, Sally was always there to check in on us with a smile. Her light will shine on forever, and our family was blessed to have known her.

Matt DiLullo and the DiLullo Family

Jim Strasman

February 9, 2021

I remember meeting Sally and have a very fond memory of a cheerful vivacious lady with a huge smile.

Peter, we are so sorry to learn of your loss and send our sincere heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

From Jim, May ,Shawn and Liz Strasman

Sandee Fennell

February 9, 2021

To Adam and Family,
I was sorry to hear of your moms passing, I was not surprised to hear about all the love and support you and your family gave her during her cancer fight. I spoke to your mom in the spring and she was so positive and optimistic. She was always just that, positive optimistic and supportive. Her obituary has captured her spirit and her love for family.
May her strength , love and life lessons she taught you help you through this difficult time.
Take care
Sandee Fennell

George Di Cosmo

February 9, 2021

Sofia and I offer you our heartfelt condolences on your loss and may you take comfort in the memory of the life you shared with Sarah.

George and Sofia Di Cosmo

Vince and Linda Sarracini

February 8, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Sally. We have fond memories of times when Peter coached our sons on the Aurora softball team. Her family were such a source of joy and they always traveled together when we played out of town. It was a pleasure getting to know this incredible family. Our sincere condolences to Peter, Michael, Matthew, Adam and their families.
Vince and Linda Sarracini

Jason Ball

February 8, 2021

Dear Peter,
We are very saddened to hear of Sally's passing. We have many fond memories of Sally at the various O.G.C.A Conferences and social events we attended. She had a wonderful personality and great sense of humor. We will miss her.
Our prayers and sincerest condolences go out to you and your family.
RoseMary and Jason Ball

Frank Dodaro

February 7, 2021

Dear Peter and family. We are saddened to learn of the loss of Sally. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.
Our deepest condolences.
Frank and Teresa Dodaro

Patti Baldwin McCann - ME

February 7, 2021

Sally was passionate about life and her family and extended family. She got involved in everything that involved her boys...Peter, Michael, Matt & Adam and their community.
I loved listening to her because she was so passionate about everything......... where ever she was.......sunshine...and love.
Here is a photo that says it all......ball hockey in Aurora ...great kids and great coach. Remembering you Sally fondly and with a big smile.
Condolences and love to all family members and continue to live in her spirit.
Patti McCann

Maria Guillermo

February 6, 2021

Rest in peace, my dear friend, Sally. I will miss your stories, our talks and your advice. I will miss you. Heaven gained another angel.

Maria, Neil, Owen, Paloma, Quinlan and RJ