Born January 7, 1950 Cassino Italy. Died June 23, 2020 Richmond Hill, Ontario. Beloved son of the late Concetta Matrundola & Giuseppe Di Mambro. Husband to High School Sweetheart Barbara for 49 years. Father of Natasha (Domenico) & Sonya (Andrew) and Grandpa to Sophia, Brody, Damiano, Tyler, Allegra and Easton. Brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, friend here in Canada, the U.S. and Italy. Former owner/operator Sanelli Paving, Sanco Disposal, ADM Environmental. Family thanks Home & Community Care, St. Elizabeth, RNS Nursing and Dr. Berger. Flowers are appreciated but since his “6” were all born at Mackenzie Health, donations to the Woman & Child Program are welcome. Please visit www.marshallfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences and details to be posted for a celebration of life in the future.
CELEBRATION OF ADOLPH’S LIFE
Born in Cassino Italy January 7, 1950 to Concetta Matrundola and Giuseppe/Joe Di Mambro. Youngest of 3 sons.
Came to Canada with his family and landed June 29, 1959 in Halifax Nova Scotia. On the train ride from Halifax to Toronto through farms and bush and sometimes someone waving at the train, he asked his mother “where did you take us” as they passed unoccupied land and the odd farm house.
He had his first part-time job at age 14. He quipped that when he would make a delivery on his bicycle for the pharmacy where he worked, he often would get a nickel or dime for a tip. But not always. He bought his mother that living room couch she had in plastic in his teens from that part time money.
Met his high school sweetheart Barbara at Langstaff Secondary School and married her May 15 1971. He attended the University of Waterloo studying science and was quite good at Chemistry.
Along with other work experiences from the age of 14, he was an owner/partner of 3 businesses for many decades.
What made Adolph the man who he was?
As a Son- good son.
He tried to do his best to help his Mom when his father lived and eventually died from ALS- Lou Gherig’s disease.
Wonderful son to Mama/ my mother-in-law Concetta- he learned to cook from her often helping getting the meals started before she came home from work in his teens. Christmas Eve with the seafood dinner that Italians enjoy was another time he was in the kitchen with her up until the last Christmas of 1997.
In our discussions the months before he died I became more aware that he had done many other things for her- replacing her roof, building that beautiful back porch, renovating her kitchen and bathroom, paving her driveway and not accepting the lot where our house is now unless he paid her. He would not accept anything for free.
Our big family trips included his Mom, like the 1988 trip to Florida and Walt Disney World. Adolph wanted her to have some joy in her life. A trip to Georgia for a wedding and another trip to Florida as well as paid trips back to Italy.
They had a good adult relationship. He would converse with her regularly on a daily basis.
When she was diagnosed with her cancer, he took her to all her appointments and treatments for the three years of its duration.
During her last 3 weeks of her life at the hospital he was there for her helping with breakfast, lunch and dinner despite the fact he had 3 very busy businesses that needed his attention. His mother came first.
He was the one there alone with her when she died. He always missed her. He loved his Mom. He knew what a good person she had been. He was a good son and never did any harm to his parents.
To his girls- Natasha and Sonya. He was always proud to be the father of daughters, He would be considered a Girl Dad.
But mostly he was so proud of the women they became and how well they have managed their lives with care, dignity and love. His sons-in-law- Domi and Andrew were such an important part of his heart too.
Toronto has their six but Adolph had his six- Sophia, Brody, Damiano, Tyler, Allegra, Easton. 2 granddaughters, 4 grandsons.
His grandchildren were the loves of his life. He and I would talk often about their antics and stories they would tell him.
He loved to cook for them when he could. The kids would say grandpa you make the best pancakes. His sauce was very good. So many people loved his lasagna too.
But the kids found him fun. He could be silly at times with them. They did after all learn all their raunchy jokes and Italian cuss words from the best! He just made them laugh.
Friends and family loved Adolph. Well the people that mattered.
My family loved him. My brothers- Ron, Reed, Rob and sister Marilee were happy to have him as a brother-in-law.
He had two very close cousins that he always made laugh- one always in Italian- Carolina back in Cassino and the other here in Canada in English- his cousin Rita.
He was smart. Could do Math in his head. Adolph was an avid reader. He loved novels and often would complete one in a couple of days. His favourite book was Vanity Fair by Thackery Makepeace.
He actually read it several times.
In the last years, he loved his paper, sudoko, crossword puzzles and all sports events on TV- even darts when there was not a golf tournament.
Some travels to the Caribbean islands, Rome and parts of Italy, Florida, parts of Canada and short day trips close to home in the last few years.
I convinced him to do a blog in 2011- Granpa loves to cook-on his regional cooking- Ciociaria and other cooking ideas. His recipes. My ghost writing and photos. We would go on farmer market trips and I would take pictures with Adolph reluctantly cooperating. Stand over here. Stand over there. Let me get you beside the tomatoes. I figured if I wanted to travel or do a day trip just include food. One of our market trips to St. Jacobs still gets lots of internet reads along with his post on making Canascione- that Ciociaria regional dish!!
We even have a 100 page unpublished cookbook that we completed in 2016 on the regional cooking.
Luckily we have lots of pictures and lots of good memories.
As his wife of 49 years, to be there supporting and loving this caring, generous man was one of life’s honours. His generosity went outside his immediate family often to extended family and beyond - a winter coat to a teenage family member, a new roof for a worker, fair business dealings, donations to many when asked and not getting anything in return for those kindnesses.
In many ways he was very lucky to be surrounded by strong women- his Nonna Maria, his mother, his two daughters- Natasha and Sonya and me his wife who always had his back.
Dying peacefully at home.
He was loved.
Barbara Di Mambro
June 25, 2020