Ernesto Siciliano

February 5, 1924January 12, 2021
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Ernesto Siciliano was born on February 5, 1924 in Roggiano Gravina, Cosenza, Italy and passed away on January 12, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the age of 96 years.

He lived a life full of adventure, hardships and achievements. It took him from a small village in Calabria, to the wilderness of British Columbia and finally to the urban Centre of Toronto. He was a farmer, miner, sawmill owner and entrepreneur,

Ernesto was predeceased by his beloved wife Angelina. He is the loving Father of Georgina (Filippo) Carnevale, Anna (Giuseppe) Avolio, Vince (Michelle) Siciliano, Tony (Chu Chi) Siciliano and Lucie (Joe) Palermo. Cherished Nonno of Marco, Daniela, Sonia, Claudia, Jenna, Marc,Paul, Carly, Nadia, Mario, Ernesto, Angelica, Chiara, Nikola, Gia, Aria and Addison. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all his loving family and friends.

The Siciliano family greatly appreciate your gestures of sympathy and words of condolences at this very difficult time. Due to the current COVID – 19 restrictions, the visitation, funeral service and the entombment will remain private for the family only.

If desired, donations in Memory of Ernesto may be made to, Food Banks Canada, The Hospital for Sick Children or the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario.


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Carmela Contento

January 18, 2021

On behalf of the Contento family our sincerest condolences to the Siciliano family. Heaven gates have opened to welcome an incredible and loving man. RIP Ernesto.

Silvana Alphonso

January 17, 2021

Uncle Ernesto was a special man. He exemplified kindness, patience, generosity and strength in his daily life. As a young girl growing up next door with my family, the kids eagerly awaited his return home from the pool hall. He treated everyone as one of his and there was often Italian ice cream or a couple of bucks to be had by all. I will never forget waiting in the driveway for him. He was unassuming and compassionate, never one to seek accolades even when they were well deserved. I am proud to have called him uncle. Godspeed Uncle Ernesto.

Sam Siciliano

January 16, 2021

Growing up I loved hearing all the stories about Zio Ernesto’s family, and my dad in the bushes of British Columbia, and their early days in Toronto. I will miss seeing my father FaceTime his older brother whenever I’d go visit. The last conversation they had, my dad asked Zio Ernesto if he remembered some of the fun things they did in British Columbia. He managed to get Zio Ernesto reminiscing and laughing about the good times they had. Their conversations would always end in the same way, two brothers, one 96, and the other 82, blowing many kisses, saying I Love you, and saying goodbye. The bond they shared was inspiring.

My deepest condolences to Lucy, Tony, Vince, Georgina, Anna and your families.

Rest In Peace Zio Ernesto, you left a great impression on so many people, and you will be dearly missed.

Daniela Carnevale Aubry

January 16, 2021

Dearest Nonno,

My first memory of you was of you peeling green grapes, cutting them in half, picking out the seeds and feeding them to me. This memory exemplifies your love, patience and caring for all your family. I have so many memories of you; walking us to the corner store for candy, taking us to the fair, pulling peanuts out of lampposts, ‘working’ with you in your garden, always happy to spend time with us, always willing to have fun. Spending Sundays at your house with my cousins and family is the greatest gift you could have given us. To see you light up whenever a child or baby entered the room, was always beautiful, just as you did when you met each of your great-grandchildren. As Carly said, you were the heart of our family. To say you will be missed is an understatement, your absence is palpable. But we will carry you in our hearts, always.
Ti amo

June Farquharson Family

January 15, 2021

Dear Anna and family.
Our condolences and sympathy to you and your family. Over the many years your dad has always come up in our conversation with his adventures and his kind hearted ways. I will be thinking of you Anna!!! Much love to you, Joe, Marco and Sonya.
June and Jarret

Luisa Rapanotti-Ing

January 15, 2021

Georgina, Anna, Lucie, Tony, Vince and families. We are saddened to hear this very sad news. He was a great man and was so glad to call him my Compare. Remembering so many happy memories we shared together in British Columbia, unfortunately lost touch after your move to Toronto. I remember my Mom sharing many happy thoughts of their times in B.C. with your Mom and Dad. Hope someday to see you all again and reminisce about happier times. I hope they are all once again together enjoying great times.
Miss you All,
Luisa Rapanotti-Ing

Ilva Gravina

January 15, 2021

Our Deepest Sympathy to your family during this difficult time. We have shared so many beautiful memories with our beloved Ernesto and will remember his kind heart forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Much love,

Ilva Gravina and Family

Teresa & Peter Pugliese

January 15, 2021

Lucie, Anna, Georgina, Tony, Vince and families - We would like to extend to you all our most heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dad. He certainly was a one-of-a-kind person. We will always remember and cherish the times we spent together both in BC and in Toronto with your whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Compari Teresa and Peter

Vincenzo and Franca Serra

January 15, 2021

Our most sincere condolences. We will always have fond memories of our time together from Italy to BC to here. You will be missed.

Serra family

Debbie S.

January 14, 2021

Gladstone Ave has lost another great person he was always smiling and when we would play hide and go seek he would tell us where to hide great neighbors the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 took two of the oldest on this street may he rest in peace. The Soares Family 715 Gladstone Ave want to send all his family & friends our deepest condolences we also send our love and we have you all in our prayers xoxoxo