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Adolph Di Mambro

Adolph Di Mambro

Saturday, January 7th, 1950 - Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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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.
Good Dad
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.
Fun Granpa
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
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Sabrina Moskovitz & Family

Posted at 07:00pm
Our warmest condolences,
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Sabrina

Posted at 06:55pm
Barbara, Tash and Sonya - Our deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. May you find comfort in all the memories and the wonderful times you shared together. Sending you all big hugs!
With Love, Sabrina, Gus, Mikey and Sebastian
AM

Annely May

Posted at 11:27am
Barb, sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. The tributes communicate so much love—such a life well-lived. I have such fond memories of the early years. You're in our thoughts and prayers, Love Annely & John May
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Vanessa Witkowski

Posted at 10:39pm
I have the clearest most beautiful memory of my Uncle Adolph standing proudly in his kitchen, surrounded by the numerous dishes he prepared. I always envied my Auntie having a Hubby that cooked so much! I admired and loved his and Auntie Barb's long relationship and the beautiful expression he had as he looked upon his big family. I will remember him as always being kind and smiling, infectiously so. He was the kind of person that when he smiled, you instantly smiled back. I loved reading that a double rainbow appeared after his passing, again something that instantly makes you smile, and yet another beautiful thing that will remind me of him. To my dear Auntie Barb, Natasha, Domi, Sonya, Andrew, Sophia, Damiano, Brody, Tyler, Allegra, and Easton, we are very sorry for your loss. Life can be cruel and unfair, and seventy was too young. With love and heart-felt condolences, Vanessa "Little Nessy", Corey, Cameron, and Jenna, xo

Cassidy McLean

Posted at 11:47pm
Adolph was one of the best human beings I ever knew. Officially, he was my brother in law, but he was also more than that. I loved him as a brother. A trusted confidant. A sage advisor. A close friend.

I met Adolph when he was in high school and was dating my sister Barb. Our parents were away, I was looking after Barb and our younger brother Rob. Barb invited Adolph for supper. At 19, my cooking skills were minimal; I made Kraft Dinner. I still remember the look on Adolph’s face as he stared at his plate for several minutes. Finally, he asked “What’s this?”

A few years later when I met Mama (his mom), I understood his bewilderment. Mama was an accomplished chef, Adolph was frequently her assistant. I recall many dinners in her home, with Mama and Adolph cooking in the kitchen. Then serving a sumptuous multi-course meal. Adolph warm and easy-going relationship with his mom was beautiful to see.

Later, Adolph did much of the cooking in the home he shared with Barb and their daughters, Tash and Sonya. There were years of get-togethers – countless family and holiday celebrations. My children, Sean and Cassidy, and I, as well as members of Adolph’s family, were always included and made welcome.

Adolph enjoyed sharing cooking tips and his recipes. His mentorship profoundly improved my culinary efforts. Italian cuisine a la Adolph became a staple in my home. However, as Cassidy recently observed, there was something about Adolph’s food – it tasted better.

When I think of Adolph, the phrase “to know him was to love him” comes to mind. Over the years, I met some of Adolph’s friends and colleagues. Every person shared a story about how Adolph had helped him. Every person thought the world of Adolph.

There are many words I could use to describe the qualities I admired in Adolph. He was honest, always true to his word. He was forthright. Honourable. Exceptionally kind. Adolph always has a mischievous side, and an irrepressible exuberance for life. He was fun to be around – I cannot cite the number of times I burst out laughing at his unique outlook on…well, everything.

Family came first for Adolph. He was the quintessential family man: devoted son, devoted husband, devoted father, devoted grandfather.

If I had to choose just one word to exemplify how I will remember Adolph, that word would be “generosity”. Adolph had a generous soul, simply put, it was his nature to be generous.

He was generous in the traditional sense: with his time, with his thoughtfulness, with his compassion, with his magnanimity.

And Adolph was generous in another sense: with his soul-light, with his love. Adolph shone his love on everyone in his life. And it is Adolph’s unconditional love that will continue to shine. Always. For those who loved him.

To Barb, Natasha, Domi, Sonya, Andrew, Sophia, Damiano, Brody, Tyler, Allegra, and Easton…my heart is with you.

Marilee (aka Mare), sister and auntie
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