LUIGI MARSIGLIO December 31, 1931 - July 19, 2014 Family and friends cannot find the words to express the profound loss of Luigi Marsiglio. He passed away peacefully at home after a diagnosis of advanced multiple myeloma in late May 2014. Until then Luigi had a physically active and healthy lifestyle - an example to his kids, grandchildren and others who knew him. Luigi will be remembered for his incredible strength of character, mind and body. Luigi's eyes and smile could light up a room. Full of energy, humour, wisdom and charm, he made the most of life and will be remembered for the exemplary manner in which he led his life. Luigi met and married the love of his life, Angela Angaran, in Italy 58 years ago; together they immigrated to Canada where they raised four children: Anthony (Gina), Frank (Mary), Paul (Catharine) and Linda (Domenic). Growing up in Luigi's household meant a lot of hard work, emphasis on family and education, discipline and order; and finally a lot of laughing, singing and having fun. Playtime with his children was all about somersaults, headstands and play wrestling, often to the detriment of family room furniture. Luigi was a natural with kids and was nonno to fifteen grandchildren: Michael, Ryan, Julia, Cara, Claire, Margaret, Joshua, Katarina, Joseph, Michela, Emmanuela, Matteo, Domenique, GianLuca and Gianna. He was gifted when it came to children and was happiest when they were close by. He loved to hold his grandchildren up with their hands and feet bound together in a ball, while he looked up at them beaming. Luigi also loved his animals, especially the birds and his stray homeless kittens - in fact, in his household the (farm) animals were always fed before his family ate. Luigi was a natural born teacher. He had an Italian anecdote for every life lesson and was able to pass along many of them, always in an unassuming, loving and meaningful way. Not one to shy away from a task even in his later years, Luigi wouldn't hesitate to shimmy up a palm tree when it needed trimming, throw a heavy fishing cast-net for hours, or paddle-board on the ocean. There was nothing he wouldn't tackle. Luigi was trim and athletic and was often confused with one of his sons. Luigi was a perfectionist and did everything to the best of his ability. He was a Bricklayer Contractor and an entrepreneur. Luigi was a "Lion of a Man": he was a powerful force and the world is now richer for his contributions. We will honour you, Luigi, by leading lives with principle, enjoyment of life, integrity and as examples to others. F riends and family are invited to visit on Monday, July 21st from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home at 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill and the Funeral Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church (191 Wade Gate, (Thornhill) Vaughan) on Tuesday, July 22nd at 10 a.m., followed by the interment at Holy Cross Cemetery (8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill). A reception will be held after the interment to celebrate Luigi's life.
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Published in the Toronto Star on July 21, 2014