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55 Charing Cross Street
Brantford, ON N3R 2H4
Phone: 519-753-8655
Fax: 519-753-1195
Giovanni Imola

Giovanni "John" Imola

Thursday, July 25th, 1929 - Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that the family of Giovanni Imola announce his passing at the Stedman Community Hospice. Surrounded by the love of his family, Giovanni passed away on May 22, 2019, in his 90th year.

Adored husband of 62 years to Caterina (nee Ferraccioli). Beloved and extraordinary “Papa” of Anna Romano and her husband Carmine Romano and Dr. Mario Imola and his wife Dr. Martha Waddell. Special and cherished Nonno of Jennifer Romano, Stefan Romano (Erika Polidori),
Lauren Imola, Jacob Imola and David Imola.

Dear brother of Bernardo Imola (the late Giuseppina), Orazio Imola and wife Luisa, and Assunta (the late Pietro Berardi). Brother-in-law of Maddalena (the late Biagio Ferraccioli), and Maria and Girolamo Palmegiani. Loved Zio of several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by parents Stefano and Maria-Giuseppa Imola, parents-in-law Giacinto and Margherita Ferraccioli, brother Antonio Imola and wife Carlotta, sister Francesca and husband Antonio Fiorini, sister Giuseppa and husband Lorenzo Magni, and sister Maria Imola.

Giovanni was born in Pofi, Frosinone Italy on July 25, 1929 and arrived in Brantford in 1957 to marry the love of his life, Caterina. Together they worked tirelessly to provide a better life for their family. Giovanni understood the importance of a good education for his children and ensured they had every opportunity possible. His love for his family was unconditional and he always treated everyone with respect.

Giovanni was so proud of his 34 year tenure at KeepRite as an assembly line supervisor. He touched the lives of so many people helping them to immigrate to Canada, settle in Brantford and find employment.

Giovanni was loved by both young and old. With a great sense of humor, positive outlook on life and calm demeanor, he always had great advice to offer and told the best stories especially of his days in air-force service training in Italy. He loved being out in his garden, playing bocce in the summer, and travelling with his friends and family. His strong Catholic faith and devotion to San Pio and San Rocco were unwavering.

We are so grateful for the many healthcare professionals that have cared for Giovanni throughout his journey. A heartfelt thank you to all of our family and friends for your incredible outpouring of help and support. We truly appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.

Friends will be received at the TOLL FUNERAL HOME, 55 Charing Cross Street on Friday May 31, 2019 from 1-4pm and 6-9pm. Parish prayers on Friday at 5:45pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 133 Murray Street, on Saturday June 1, 2019 at 11am. Entombment Our Lady of the Assumption Mausoleum, Holy Cross Cemetery, 620 Governors Rd E, Paris, Ontario. Following the Interment, family and friends are invited back to the Charing Cross Reception Suites for a reception and Celebration of Life in honour of Giovanni.

In memory of Giovanni, donations may be made to the Stedman Community Hospice or Juravinski Hospital-Hepato Biliary Department.

Papa, we will love you always and we will miss you forever.
We will always remember your words, “non perdere la fede, non disperare, hai sempre speranza”
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dennis Toll Funeral Home
    55 Charing Cross St.
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dennis Toll Funeral Home
    55 Charing Cross St.
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    133 Murray St.
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    Father Lukasz Kopaniak
  • Interment

    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 |
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019
    Our Lady of the Assumption Mausoleum
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  • Reception

    Charing Cross Reception Suites
    63 Charing Cross St.
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Stephanie Cass

Posted at 10:13pm
To the entire Imola family, our sincere condolences during this difficult time. We have so many fond memories of all the get togethers and celebrations over the past few decades. I will always remember his smile and his genuine interest in what we were up to. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Stephanie Minna Cass and family

Luciano and Rita DeFazio and Family

Posted at 09:03pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Zio Giovanni xo
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Denise, Ray and Alex Chan

Posted at 10:35am
Anna and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Pam Lorenzin

Posted at 02:50pm
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Giovanni was a devoted husband , a cherished father, a treasured nonno and a true gentleman with a hearth of gold. He was a Pillar of our Community and proud of his believes and faith. He will be mist by all who knew him especially his close friends and neighbors. Again condolences to all of you and will keep you in our prayers. Pam and Gus Lorenzin

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Posted at 02:31pm
All our love and thoughts are with you Anna and your family. From the Puccis and the Fabbris
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