Dante Matthew De Monte
DANTE MATTHEW De MONTE Q.C., L.L.B., former M.P.P. Peacefully at the Humber River Regional Hospital -- Church Site, Toronto, on Friday, October 23, 2009, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of the late Elvira De Monte and loving father of Mary Anne (Michael Whelan), Joan (Jeffrey Chrusciel), Cecilia (Andreas Bahr), Dante Jr. (Le-Anne), Antionette, John (Shelley) and James (Natalie Evans). Grandfather of Sean, Elizabeth, Chantal, Christopher, James and Andreas Jr. Brother of Lucy and predeceased by Danilo, Leda and Dominic. Dante was born in Toronto on May 6, 1926, on Symington Avenue. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War, he obtained his B.A. at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. Dante graduated from Osgoode Law School in 1955 and he practised law in Toronto for 40 years. He was active in Liberal politics, serving as Vice-President of the Toronto and District Liberal Association from 1963 to 1967. In 1967, he was elected Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Dovercourt -- the first member of the Ontario legislature of Italian descent. His special interests were immigration, citizenship and labour and he was named labour critic for the Opposition. His support and advocacy of the Italian community in Toronto included service as Executive Vice-President of the Italian Immigrant Aid Society, and he was active in Famèe Furlane Society, which was formed to assist immigrants from the Friuli, from whence his parents had immigrated. He participated in the founding of the Famèe Furlane Club, now part of the Friuli Centre in Toronto's west end. A consummate organizer and fundraiser, Dante served as President of the Michael Power/ St. Joseph's Dad's Club for eight years and successfully raised large funds for the school community, for which he was presented with a special award of appreciation from the Sisters of St. Joseph and Basilian Fathers in 1986. His organizing skill carried over into neighbourhood life, and he helped organize the annual Games Days for the Baby Point Club, especially in the barbeque department. His roast pigs and half steers soon became part of local lore. Dante was the refined and enthusiastic host, convivial raconteur and lover of the family barbeque, the latter often including many neighbourhood kids. He adored his seven children and the memorable image of the De Monte brood piling in and out of Dante's stylish 1966 Mustang has survived the test of time. He was a devoted husband and tirelessly supported his beloved wife Elvira as advisor and campaign manager throughout her long and distinguished career as Separate School Board Trustee and Chairman. He was also a man of the arts, lover of the ballet, opera and symphony (to which he introduced his children), a voracious reader and amateur military historian and an excellent cook. This was balanced by his love of sport. Dante was a devoted fan of the Toronto Argonauts, and held season's tickets for decades, being a fixture at Argo games with his sons and nephews. He will be sadly missed by all those touched by his rich and accomplished personality, and especially by his admiring and doting children and grandkids. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. (east of Jane Street), on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. W., on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. The De Monte family established the Elvira De Monte Scholarship Fund on the death of Elvira in 2000. Donations to the fund may be made in lieu of flowers and in continued recognition of both parents' contribution to the community. Forward donations to TCDSB Communications, 80 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, M2N 6E8.


Published by Toronto Star from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2009.
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I have so many memories of your mom and dad and all of you. Dante enjoyed life to the fullest and I know he will be missed. Please accept my sympathies and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Martha Guerra
October 29, 2009
We were sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Dante. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Pamela Guerra
Pamela Guerra
October 29, 2009
James and Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Gehan Mallawaratchy
Gehan Mallawaratchy
October 28, 2009
We were sorry to learn that Dante had gone. We still remember well what good neighbours Dante and Elvira were so many years ago when we all lived on South Kingslea Drive. Marcia and Richard Bird
October 27, 2009
We would like to express our most sincere condolence on the passing of Mr. Dante Matthew DeMonte, and Grandfather. It was the utmost blessing to have been a part of Dan's life. I have shared beautiful memories that I will cherish always and he will always be in our heart. I think of him in prayer as he was a very special person to us and he will be sadly missed and kindly remembered. Grandchildren: Chantal Elizabeth DeMonte, and Christopher Anthony DeMonte. Ms Le-Anne K. Retgum-DeMonte
Le-Anne Retgum-DeMonte
October 27, 2009
Dear De Monte family,

I was sad to hear about the loss of your mom in 2000, and now with the passing of your dad, it seems to mark the end of a Baby Point era. Your dad was a familial and social anchor on the Point, and is so much a part of everything I associate with the neighbourhood and growing up in it. In the obit, I loved the reference to the Baby Point games (the roast pig!) and the De Monte family piling in and out of the old Mustang. It reminds me so much of a life that, at times, seems to have been lived on another planet. Enough abstract reminiscing. Suffice to say that your dad -- like your mom -- will be missed.

Take care,
Tad Brown
Tad Brown
October 27, 2009
" Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, please accept our deepest sympathies"
Sergio and Irene De Rose.
October 27, 2009
I am very sorry of Dante's passing. To his extended family, please accept my deepest sympathy, Even while you mourn his loss, as the close family that you are, you will remember Dante for the love and caring he brought to all of you. And please add myself to the very long list of his friends from days past, including, in my case, time spent drinking espresso at various cafes on St. Clair Avenue West, where he shared his stories of people and politics and his experiences in what was a very exciting and full life. Even at this moment, one of his stories comes to mind...Dante was then an MPP and was on a visit to Italy, where he was to be a guest of honour at a very large formal dinner. But, prior to that dinner, Dante was at a winery, where the owner of the vinyeard was proudly taking him on a tour -- which included a visit to a cellar where the best wines were stored. Naturally, they had to taste the wines...and then they tasted some more. Apparently, the wines were excellent. However, the tasting went on for so long that the dinner guests were kept waiting...for quite some time (was it hours? I can't recall). In the end, Dante arrived, was greeted as the guest of honour and the dinner proceeded with great fanfare. Looking back, I recall Dante as much more than a succesful lawyer and politician. I was more impressed with him for the loving family man he was, that he was a wonderful human being and a great storyteller who delighted in sharing a cup of coffee or a glass of wine....He will be missed, and I regret that I cannot attend his funeral service....Please accept my condolences, and know that Dante will be in my thoughts and prayers...
Drago Samsa
October 26, 2009
So sorry to hear of dad's passing. We knew your mom and dad year's ago when we all resided in St. Mark's Parish. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Norm and Jeannette Thomas
October 26, 2009
So Sorry to read of his passing Remember him well as I too grew up in toronto west end (royce Ave) regards Ted Mazur [email protected]
Ted Mazur
October 26, 2009
our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.
Lorraine Retgum
October 26, 2009
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