Francesco Antonio (Tony) BATTAGLIA
1956 - 2021
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November 7, 1956 - January 19, 2021 Peacefully passed away, surrounded by his loving family, Tony was called to his forever home on January 19, 2021. Beloved father of Catherine (Kyle), Jenny (Joel), Joseph (Cristina) and Erica (Michael). Loving nonno of Anthony, Vincent, Luca, Sienna and Baby B. Son of the late Caterina and Giuseppe Battaglia. Cherished brother of Frances (Francesco) Loiero and Zio to Sam and Joe. Devoted former husband to Rose, special cousin to Tina (Mario), loving companion to Maria and best friend to Paul. Tony was a selfless man who always put family first and considered his children and grandchildren his greatest blessings. He was the best dad/nonno; instilling confidence, strength, resilience, and kindness. We will remember his honesty, humour, playfulness, affectionate hugs, and carry countless memories, funny stories and life lessons from him. He was our foundation, our rock, our teacher and our best friend. His unconditional love will remain with us forever. Tony was a man who enjoyed life to its fullest. He loved to drive motorcycles and fast cars, travel the world, and was an early adopter of new technology and gadgets. It was the simple things, however, that brought him the most joy. This included cooking up family dinners, watching his grandchildren poolside, dressing up at Hallowe'en, cheering on the Canadiens and Dolphins, playing video games and guitar, listening to music and enjoying his favourite TV shows. He loved golfing, creating special woodworking projects, being the family handyman, operating a Bobcat, and sharing an espresso with friends. Tony always offered a listening ear, gave the best advice and would do anything for his friends and family. Personally and professionally, Tony possessed a tireless work ethic, promoted creativity and innovation, commitment and integrity, modelled generosity and humility, and exhibited warmth to everyone he met. Tony will be remembered by the business communities, in which he was an integral part: Westpark Developments/Homes, Hamilton International Airport (TradePort), Hamilton-Halton Home Builders Association, St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation, Mohawk College, and the Hamilton Bulldogs, amongst others. He was a visionary who spearheaded many entrepreneurial endeavours, and was a strong proponent for the growth and development of the City of Hamilton. He demonstrated leadership through his philanthropic efforts and contributed to local and global charities alike. True to his last name, Tony "battled" with courage, strength, grace, and most importantly, faith. We would like to thank Dr. Sebastien Hotte and his team at the Juravinski Cancer Centre for their guidance, expertise and care. Many thanks to Drs. Allen and Jeff Greenspoon, and the VON nursing team for their compassion and comfort. Private family arrangements entrusted to Bay Gardens Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation ( or the Victorian Order of Nurses ( Please sign the online Book of Condolences at Dad/Nonno - We love you to God and back, always and forever! "I want you to know how safe and secure you are in My Presence... I will walk with you 'til the end of time and onward into Eternity". ~Jesus Calling (Sarah Young)

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Jan. 23, 2021.
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January 25, 2021
Tony, was a good man, who loved God, our Lord Jesus, an amazing smart and succsesfull busines man who helped others. I am sure Jesus welcomed Tony with open arms
Sam Mercanti
January 24, 2021
Sincerest condolences to all who loved and lived with Tony, especially his children and grandchildren, and special prayers for Mari.

I came to know and admire Tony from working together on matters such as the Red Hill Creek Expressway approval, Taro landfill approval, and Tradeport bid for airport management. In the latter case, recall sending a supportive letter at a crucial stage of negotiations when it appeared council might opt for a non local provider, and it appeared there was undue weight given the other suppliers. As Hamilton Construction Association CEO, I was very pleased and proud to know Tony, so supporting his effort was natural and easy to accommodate.

He was always impeccably dressed, which aided in reflecting his considerate nature. Tony demonstrated true respect for the views of others, he was humble in demeanour while still clear on leading down a particular path. Classy is a word describing his presence.

Likeable, kind and generous, Tony left me always knowing his contributions were motivated by a love of community and an interest to build the future of this great city. It was a selfless effort and am so glad he is recognized for it.

Tradeport was a big deal. We lost this week another key participant in that endeavour, William (Liam) Rafferty. Am sure they are talking in Heaven as they meet again. Tradeport positively impacted the life of Hamilton and for that we have Tony and his vision to thank.

Wishing is immediate family and his many intimate friends fond memories. May he rest in peace.
Cameron Nolan
January 24, 2021
To the Battaglia family I would like to say my sincerest condolences
mario sciore
January 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Penny Saunders
January 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Carmen and Lisa Fortino
January 23, 2021
To the Battaglia family I would like to say my sincerest condolences on the loss of a beacon to your family.
He really was one of a kind and am sure he is a tremendous loss.
Cherish his memory and move forward to make more and you will take solace in knowing that he will be sharing in them from above. Be safe
Michael Giftopoulos
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