Anthony (Tony) F. Palumbo, 81, died of a broken heart on Sunday October 11, 2020 (the year of Covid19) at the Hospital in Georgetown, ON. Tony is predeceased by his parents, sister Mary and wife Lea.
Tony was born to Sicilian immigrant parents, Anthony and Lena (Amodeo), on October 17, 1938, in Toronto, Ontario.
Tony attended DeLaSalle and St. Michaels College School where he played hockey with schoolmates including the Mahovlich brothers and other NHL alumnus until he determined that being a goaltender without a mask and facing their shots could curtail his employment at the family grocery store: Palumbo's Food Market (1926-1974) at 2005 Yonge St.
During the 50's Tony drove a Harley with a sidecar, enjoyed touring and had a part-time gig delivering films weekly to his cousin's movie theatre in Orangeville. Tony met Lea Bernard at one of the popular Toronto dance halls, subsequently married on October 10, 1960 at St. Clares Church and hosted an epic reception at the beautiful Old Mill. Their honeymoon was a scenic autumn car trip to Massachussettes. Their home on Heddington Ave was where Tony became a proud father and he is survived by his four children, Rosemary (Mark Coates-deceased), Lorraine (Vic Guerreiro), Tony Jr, (Laurie Crisp), Kathryn (Joe Barak). Grandchildren, Tasha (Nathaniel), Brendan, Christopher (Paula), Luca, Zoë, Great-grandchild William.
Tony and Lea played Euchre on a monthly basis for years with their "gang", a tight group of cousins, all starting out as newlyweds and continued for years, becoming an annual event when children and grandchildren took over all importance.
After Palumbos Food Market, Tony took a position at an insurance company on University Avenue, and was able to watch out his window as the CN Tower grew taller each day. He went on to manage wholesale grocers Chambers Foods, Lanzarotta and Loeb Cash & Carry (Orfus Rd), where he developed his "shattered nerves" and an occasional "Excedrin Headache".
In his spare time, Tony was a member of the Knights of Columbus (North York) and in time, through his example of faith, charity and good judgment became elected to the leadership position of Grand Knight. And he called BINGO every week for over 20 years.
Travel to Hawaii to visit Lea's "Great-Aunt Lea", Canada's East and West Coasts, and Switzerland plus parts of the USA.
Retirement enabled him to make Lea's dream come true by moving from Toronto to a country farm in Roseneath, ON where together they refurbished the farmhouse, dog kennels, barns and gardens with plenty of weekend help from many family and friends. Highlight of the year – every year from 1983 until 2003 was the popular annual Thanksgiving dinner event, when the Palumbos hosted family and friends easily numbering in the fifties to sixties and up to 75 one year, the summer kitchen was for the main meal and the winter kitchen was full of desserts. And all who came to visit – many stayed to clean up too.
Life on the farm was completely different from city-life, Tony did odd-jobs for the local community centre and church, became a woodworkers apprentice and learned the art of making honey with the neighbour next door. He then created many woodworking projects from refinishing "found" furniture, to making blanket boxes, wooden tulip objet'd'art, tables and chairs, which are still treasured by many friends and relatives.
They maintained a bountiful vegetable garden and a beautiful pond. Tony and Lea joined a modern square dancing club to keep fit and have fun, Lea's handmade skirts and moves kept Tony happy.
Regretfully Lea passed away much too early at the age of 69 in 2004, however Tony was fortunate to meet and have a second chance at love with Marilyn Brown. Tony always enjoyed fresh fruits and vegetables especially artichokes, olives, and pomegranates. Together, they loved watching all the cooking channel shows and would save (PVR) for us to watch with him when we came to visit.
Tony and Marilyn relocated and lived together in a lovely home with exceptional gardens, kept beautiful by Marilyn's hand, walking distance to beautiful downtown Port Hope ON until health conditions warranted a move to Georgetown.
He was a well-loved adopted grand & great-granddad to Kaitlin, Amey and Peyton.
Remembered with fondness by many family and friends, Tony's family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love, support and memories shared. Many thanks for the compassionate care from management and ALL staff at Mountainview Residence, Georgetown Hospital and Bennett Centre LTC, especially during these uncertain CovidTimes.
Who IS that Handsome Man? (in the mirror).
Tony will be buried (Spring 2021) at Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto.
In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial donations may be made to:
Georgetown Hospital Foundation https://georgetownhospitalfoundation.ca/Ways-to-Give/Donate-Now
Bennett Centre Long Term Care
or Charity of Your Choice.