PANICCIA, Mario - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and Nonno, Mario Paniccia, at the age of 77 years. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Gioconda, and cherished forever by his children Floriana (Richard) and Bruna (Robert). Mario was a loving Nonno to Amanda, Andrew, Elizabeth and Max. He will always be remembered and held dear in the hearts of his siblings Idilia, Raniero, Anna, and the late Vittorio. Dad, we cannot begin to express how we will miss you. Without you, our days will seem empty, until we learn to fill them with what you have taught us. You will always be remembered as a loving father, dedicated husband and a thoughtful and gentle soul. It is hard to let go of you but we are happy that God has embraced you in his heavenly abode. Your memory will live on in the hearts of your family, never fading, always beating strong with the love, courage and strength that you have given each one of us. Visitations will take place at Vescio Funeral Home (8101 Weston Rd., Woodbridge) on Wednesday, November 14 from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, November 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Parish (150 St. Francis Ave., Woodbridge). Entombment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery (7300 Highway No. 27, Woodbridge).

Published in the Toronto Star from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2012