On April 25th, 2020 Pasquale Zita passed due to complications related to the COVID-19 virus. Due to the infectious nature of this virus, Pasquale unfortunately passed without the presence of his family and friends. This fundraiser was created for those who loved him to show their support through donations, which in turn will hopefully provide resources to those affected by the virus.
Born in 1923 in Roseto Valfortore, Italy, Pasquale was a passionate gardener, loving husband to Domenica (nee Ruggiero), father to Phil (Christine), Lucia, and Angelo (Kimberly), and grandfather (to Adam, Matthew, Holly, Savannah and Ethan), a World War II veteran, enjoyed dancing and Italian music. In 1963, Pasquale and Domenica Zita immigrated to Canada after many difficult years - losing their daughter, Lucia, and limited employment in Italy forcing Pasquale to live in Venezuela for 11 years away from his family. Shortly after arriving at Pier 21 they made their home in Etobicoke, Toronto in a community made up of their family and friends from overseas. Like many others in the community, Pasquale and Domenica became a part of the Holy Angels Church. Pasquale worked a myriad of hard labour occupations while Domenica, alongside her sisters, opened up a bakery to keep their family afloat. They created a life full of love and compassion for themselves and their family.
After many long years of happiness, Domenica peacefully passed on February 12, 2004. Pasquale continued his passion for gardening, continuing cultural traditions, and caring for his family. Pasquale has acted as a beacon of light for his family, showing unconditional love, strength, and resilience in the face of hardship. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and all lives that he touched.
It has become evident that COVID-19 is a complicated virus with detrimental effects to the human body. Pasquale's passing speaks to the reasons why social distancing measures can save a life. Please stay home and protect the people who no longer have the strength to protect themselves.