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Modesto, Mario Duilio Peacefully, with his family by his side, Mario left this life on December 31st, 2016 at the age of 91 years, to be reunited with his wife Rose, his great-nephew Richard, whom he looked upon as a grandson, and other family members who have gone before him. Mario was the son of Giuseppe and Felicita (Galasso) Modesto who came to Canada from Italy. Born and raised in Coniston, Ont., he was cherished by many loving siblings including Pia Pezzeta (Peter), Santina Elmatti (Andrew), Spema Johnson (Bill), Ermo (Joan), Basilio (Peggy), Erminio (Evelyn) and baby Walter, all predeceased, and is sadly missed by brothers Nello (Connie) of Idaho and Walter (Betty) of New York. Mario was married to Rose (Jarmovitch) for 53 years and they spent their lives doing the things they loved – travelling, being with family and friends, enjoying their camp at McFarlane Lake, wintering in Florida and hiking and spending time at their cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Mario retired in 1984 from the Maintenance Department of INCO after working there for 42 years. He was passionate about baseball, having played in his younger days for Coniston, and in an “oldtimers” league in Florida until age 81. He was a faithful fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a blueberry picker extraordinaire, spending many hours picking with his brother Nello, from the time he was a little boy until his later years, when his sore knees would no longer allow him to walk in the bush. Mario was an amazing story teller, entertaining his family and friends with wonderful stories of days gone by. He was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his niece Kim Simard (Denis), their son Robert (Heather), cousin Sharon Oliver, niece Trudy Modesto and dear friend Alice Lalonde, as well as by many other nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Mario lived at Finlandia Village for the past few years and was loved by everyone who knew him there. He spent the past few months at Health Sciences North where he was treated with much kindness, dignity and respect by all of the personal support workers, nurses and doctors who cared for him. A memorial service and celebration of Mario’s life will take place in the summer. Interment at the Civic Cemetery on Second Avenue. If desired, donations in Mario’s memory can be made to L’Arche Sudbury or a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Simple Wishes of the North. (705) 470-7070.

Condolence Messages

  1. Dan and Kathy Simard

    03 January 2017 3 years ago

    Our sincere condolences. We will especially remember him for his interest in our boys’ baseball. They really enjoyed sharing their stories with him.

  2. Lynn Oliver

    03 January 2017 3 years ago

    Mario always shared his happiness and love with all around him. Remembering time with all his brothers and sisters brings smiles to our family and loving memories to our hearts. You will be missed by many. Vivian Oatway and family Lynn & Lee Oliver and children and Rick & Mirella Oatway and children.

  3. Tad Zelski

    03 January 2017 3 years ago

    Martha Anne and I were his neighbors in the Adirondacks and were lucky enough to enjoy his wonderful stories and spend time with Rose and later Sharon. We are fortunate to have had known him and loved the time we spent together. I also greatly appreciated that he kept our hand operated water pump working on his property so we always could enjoy the well water! We will miss him.

  4. Ryan Modesto

    03 January 2017 3 years ago

    We will miss Uncle Mario’s visits to Tyson Lake every summer. We knew it was special to see the three remaining brothers huddled together in deep conversation. His Coniston stories will be dearly missed, we just want to know who is going to make the polenta now.

    Ryan, Carol, Sarah and Missy Modesto

  5. Laura and Vern Osmar

    04 January 2017 3 years ago

    Dear Kim and Denis
    With heartfelt sympathy in the loss of someone so very special. May your special memories be a comfort to you at this time.

  6. JoAnne Modesto Farmin

    06 January 2017 3 years ago

    Our family has such beautiful memories of Uncle Mario and Aunt Rose. Their visits to Tyson Lake were special times, always bringing Cream Chicken and Pierogis, our favorite. The Modesto brothers were all very close, with amazing memories, so we would sit around at the lake and enjoy stories of the good old days growing up in Coniston. The memories of playing ball, picking blueberries for spending money and getting in a little trouble at school! We will miss Uncle Mario very much!!
    JoAnne, Dan, Kelly and Ryan

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