Michael J. Rietta

April 27, 1960October 17, 2020
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Michael Rietta liked sushi! It was a secret he swore he would never admit “until the end.” Unfortunately, that day was Saturday October 17th, due to complications from colorectal cancer.

Michael was born in Brooklyn, New York to Antonina and Michele Rietta. He was such a good child that his parents decided to have another, and thus his sister Grace was born.

After attending Baruch College in Manhattan, he married and had his two daughters Chrissy and Becky, who he loved dearly.

Michael learned how to build from his father who was a contractor, a skill that followed him throughout his life. He exercised this skill helping to build the sets for his high school plays, building things for the house, helping to design and build vans for the handicapped, and ultimately building a life surrounded by many who loved him. His friends and family knew him as an open hearted man who you could depend on. His friend Diana even recalled how Michael was the one she called after she dropped her new engagement ring down the sink. Michael immediately came over and took apart the sink, and found the ring because that was the type of guy that he was. This is just one of countless stories of Michael’s selflessness from throughout his life.

He experienced a sort of “rebirth” in his later years after meeting his wife Sandra. He found joy in trying new foods, traveling around the world, and even realized the beach can be an amazing place, especially when the water is blue and you have a drink in hand.

He was so strong and fought so hard in his fight against colorectal cancer. He was a kind man, who touched the lives of everyone he met. He will be remembered as an amazing, loving, smart, stubborn, generous, creative soul who’s skills ranged from impeccable driving to carrying upwards of 6 pina colada’s at once.

He is survived by a loving wife, a sister, two beautiful daughters, two step children, a large Italian family including michael’s #1,3,4, & 5, a cat he didn’t want, and a hell of a lot of stuff he refused to throw away.

If you are able, we encourage a donation to in memory of Michael Rietta. Also, having a drink of Bourbon and screaming “Fuck Cancer” at the top of your lungs in his memory is acceptable.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, October 23, 2020

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Grace Di Marca

October 23, 2020

My heart breaks over the passing of Michael. We have much love for ‘cousin Mike from the States’ or ‘Mike number 2’ as we often referred to him. Always smiling and so generous. Can’t even begin to count all the important occasions he made sure to be part of here in Canada. Driving you all up here at every opportunity. So many fond memories. He was sensitive too — that RIETTA trait that I think we all got from Nonno... you know what I mean. Gone way too soon but now together with Uncle Mike and Zia Nina. I’m sure they are all happy together up there where there is no pain, just peace and joy. Until we meet again Cugino ... XOXO...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Grace, Chrissy, Becky, and Sandy. With hugs from Grace, Pasquale, Libby and Daniele Di Marca

Zia Maria, Paola, Mike 4 and Allison Rietta

October 22, 2020

Our hearts are forever broken with the passing of our much loved and dear cousin Mike #2. We send our deepest condolences to his wonderful and beautiful children Becky and Chrissy, our sweet cousin Grace and his lovely wife Sandy. We will cherish the countless memories of a kind and generous Mike #2 who gave the best ‘bear hugs’, and treasured spending countless hours visiting ‘La Familigia’ Rietta and home-cooked meals made by the ‘zie’. We will never forget his road trips to visit the Canadian cousins (and especially the Mikes!). We smile recalling how Mike’s face lit up when his car was stashed with a stack of good old Canadian butter tarts for his road trip back across the border. We will never forget you, Mike - you gave us so very much to remember.

Alisa Shank

October 22, 2020

I had the fortunate luck of having Grace as a Best friend growing up. The Rietta household was my home away from home. Game nights, family dinners, weddings,funerals and as a typical teenager Michael usually locked himself in his room in the basement until it was time for dinner, lol
I got to witness first hand of what La Famiglia really meant
The strong values and example that Mike Sr. and Nina lived by are what made Michael the incredible man he grew up to be. Michael was someone you could always count on no matter what.
One funny thing that stands out in my mind was how frugal Michael was when it came to washing dishes, he was always turn the water off while scrubbing the dishes as to not waste water. To this day. I do the same and think of Michael each time ☺
Sandy when I first met you and saw the way Michael looked at you, I said to myself and even Grace, Oh he's in love, look at them, they're beaming. Not long after that I had spoken to Michael and he expressed to me that he never thought at the stage of life he was in that he would meet the true love of his life , his soul mate and how grateful he was to have found you
Sandy, we couldn't be happier about how you showed Michael true unconditional love. Not everyone would have signed up the way you did, full knowing the challenges you would face and for that we are all eternally grateful . You were his bright ray of sunshine and happiness at his darkest hour. Please remember you are admired and loved by so many. REST IN PEACE MICHAEL WE LOVE YOU !!!

Amanda Yacobellis (Hurley)

October 22, 2020

Uncle Michael, I am so sorry to hear of your passing but I am so happy to hear you lead a wonderful fulfilling life especially in your later years. Thank you for being a great loving Uncle. I will always remember going into Brooklyn and you bringing me to Coney Island, going pumpkin picking with you and putting pumpkins under our jackets like we had big bellies and you helping me out buying a car. You will be very much missed. We love you.

Debra Talerico

October 21, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. I love you all with all my heart. You are my second family and my heart breaks for all of you. l treasure all the memories I have of Michael, all the great advice over the years, the many times he drove Grace and I to the cruise ships, our recent excursions to the wineries with Sandy and Grace. He was a great man with the kindest biggest heart. He will be missed.

Mike & Irene Rietta

October 21, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences at the passing of our dear cousin Michael. As mentioned by others, Michael was a kind-hearted soul. He was very authentic, gracious and friendly.

No doubt that those who knew Michael knew about the fact that there were 5 cousins in our family named Mike. Each of 5 uncles named their first-born boy Mike to honour their father. Growing up Michael and I would pretend we were the president and CEO of “Five Mikes Enterprises”. Whenever Michael came to Canada, I would ask him how U.S. operations of our company were going and he would always play along and provide some report or another.
When we were even younger and all the cousins would get together at our grandparent’s house for Christmas, there would be a stack of presents under the tree and the gifts for the boy cousins were numbered Mike #1 to Mike #5. Every Mike knew their number. Since I was the oldest, I was Mike #1. I think however when it came to being the most kind, caring and loving person, Michael was #1.
Michael… in our hearts forever.

Lucy and Tito Rodriguez

October 20, 2020

Michael , so glad that Sandy brought you into our lives. Special memories of our family gatherings, eating such delicious treats, laughing and playing with the kids who grew so very fond of you. We will always cherish our mini vacations at Sea Side Heights.
There is so much of you, Michael that was special most of all your kindness, and the love that you shared with Sandy. It was so beautiful to see you as a loving and devoted couple. Always thinking and being considerate of one another, lovely, just lovely!

You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace dear Michael.

Stuart Cohen

October 20, 2020

So sad to hear of Michaels passing. I have fond memories of high school and working in Sing with him. Condolences to his sister Grace and the rest of his family

Lina Cosentino

October 20, 2020

We are deeply saddened on the passing of our dear Cousin, Michael, such a beautiful, loyal, generous and kind-hearted soul. I will always remember the trips to New York with my parents and sisters, the rides in Uncle Mike’s station wagon. It was always so exciting for me as a child when Mike and all the family would come to visit us in Canada, especially when Mike would take us, all my cousins and me (the then youngest of the bunch), to go see a movie, like “Smoky and the Bandit”. He always brought us together and I miss that very much. Mike will forever be missed by all of us. Sending blessings to his beautiful girls, Crissy and Becky and wife Sandy and his sister, dear cousin, Grace. May God give you all strength during this difficult time.
Sending much love and prayers of comfort to you all. Love Cousin Lina , Sam, Christopher, Joseph and Michael from TO.

Stacy Karan

October 20, 2020

So all day long I’m hearing Mrs Rietta’s voice yelling at Michael for arriving too soon as she hugs him tightly. Her voice is filled with the love and hint of anger I think we all are feeling. Thank you for being there for me in more ways than I can remember. Michael, your love, generosity, and integrity will long be admired and greatly missed.


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