Obituary of Cesare Rizzuto
September 29, 1941-January 18, 2021
It is with great sadness, that we announce the peaceful passing of Cesare Rizzuto, with his loving family by his side, on January 18, 2021, at the age of 79. Son of Elisabetta and Vincenzo and lovingly raised by his aunt, Maria Rizzuto. He will be deeply missed by Nancy, his wife of 59 years. Loving father of Enzo, Tony (Cristina), Lisa Ferguson (Andrew), Pina Filippelli (Luigi) and Frank. Proud and Cherished Nonno of Anthony, Erica, Vittoria, Sophia, Sal, Elio and CJ. Cesare loved his family immensely. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all his extended family and friends here in Canada and Italy.
Cesare lived a remarkable life. He was born in Calabria, Italy where he studied under the instruction of a Master Carpenter. At the age of 19, he immigrated to Canada and entered through Pier 21. This amazing country, provided many opportunities for him. He embraced becoming Canadian and loved being actively involved in the communities in which he lived. Cesare spent his working life in the Construction business. As a member of the Oshawa Italian Recreation Club and Club Vallelonga, Cesare continued to share his love of his native homeland with friends and family. Anyone that knew him was made quickly aware of his enthusiasm and passion for his culture. He was very proud to be the President of the Oshawa Italia F.C. and contributor to the local soccer scene. As an avid soccer enthusiast, he loved to cheer on his favourite team Inter-Milan. He wore the blue and black colours as often as he could, and his children and grandchildren adopted the same love for the team (Forza Inter!). His spontaneous singing, love for celebrating and reminiscing will be missed by all.
“Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”
A special thank you to Dr. Barrettara, the staff and home caregivers of LHIN East, VHA Home Healthcare, Lakeridge Health Oshawa Palliative Care, Lakeridge Health Dialysis Unit, and the Transplant Team at St. Michael’s Hospital, for their unwavering care and compassion.
Due to the restrictions with COVID 19, a private funeral will be held on Wednesday January 20th a 11:00am in the Chapel at DeStefano Funeral Home, followed by a private family entombment at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Cesare’s name, to The Diabetes Association of Canada, The Canadian Kidney Foundation or Grandview Children’s Centre would be appreciated.