Pasquale Zita Memorial Fundraiser for COVID-19 Support & Research

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.

45 supporters view all

$3,890 raised of $10,000 goal

3 months, 1 week to go
Fundraiser Ends April 25, 2021
Date Donor Name Charity Name Amount
Dec. 16, 2020, 10:54 a.m. Arlene Grierson CANADIAN RED CROSS $1,000.00
It was an honour to know Pasquale, who was such a fine man whose abundant love and never ending support of his family was a joy to behold!
Dec. 13, 2020, 9:27 a.m. Hammad Aqeel CANADIAN RED CROSS $20.00
May 28, 2020, 9:50 p.m. Nelson Rodrigues CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Lauren Rodrigues and family.
May 28, 2020, 9:50 p.m. Nelson Rodrigues CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Lauren Rodrigues and Family
May 21, 2020, 5:04 p.m. Deidre Bourke CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
Rest In eternal peace with Domenica, Pasquale. My most sincere condolences to Angelo/Kim, Phil/Chris and the entire Zita family. P & Mrs B
May 10, 2020, 12:57 a.m. Christina Burditt CANADIAN RED CROSS $20.00
May 8, 2020, 8:17 p.m. Connor McKean CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Condolences to the entire family, much Love from the McKean's.
May 8, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Mike Crews CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
Condolences to the entire fam, hope everyone is doing okay
May 8, 2020, 3:03 p.m. Anonymous CANADIAN RED CROSS $30.00
So much love for you all!
May 8, 2020, 1:20 p.m. Holly Zita CANADIAN RED CROSS $25.00
To the man who will always mean the world to me, I will miss you terribly for the rest of my days but know that one day we’ll meet again <3
May 8, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Keegan Cloutier CANADIAN RED CROSS $5.00
May 2, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Stephanie Christopher-McCague CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
May Papanon Rest in Peace Sending our deepest condolences at this time. Much love, Stephanie, Chris & Maeghan
May 1, 2020, 10:32 a.m. Savannah Zita CANADIAN RED CROSS $25.00
For Papanon xoxo
May 1, 2020, 7:12 a.m. Angelo Zita CANADIAN RED CROSS $200.00
April 30, 2020, 5:33 p.m. Kathleen Turner CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
April 30, 2020, 4:44 p.m. Guy Hart CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
The Hart family sends our condolences and prayers for peace and comfort.
April 30, 2020, 9:32 a.m. Brett Taylor CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
April 29, 2020, 8:28 p.m. Ronald Lowe CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
Karen's and my condolences to you and your entire family.
April 28, 2020, 4:16 p.m. Mary Zita CANADIAN RED CROSS $35.00
In Memory of Zio Pasquale, Love Mary Zita(Danny, Mike and Tony)
April 28, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Josie Witteveen CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
April 28, 2020, 3:12 p.m. Domenica Romano CANADIAN RED CROSS $30.00
April 28, 2020, 2:56 p.m. Bill and Connie Lester CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Our condolences to the Zita family. Remember your dad's love and good memories to get through this difficult time. Love Connie & Bill
April 28, 2020, 10:04 a.m. Diane Donati CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Sending lots of love to Angelo and Kim. Such a devastating loss. With Sympathy Diane Donati
April 27, 2020, 6:51 p.m. Pattu Sobala CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
RIP Pappanonn xo. Our condolences to all of the Zita's and extended family. Find comfort in the beautiful memories ?? Sobala Family
April 27, 2020, 6:09 p.m. June Hewett CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
April 27, 2020, 4:17 p.m. Willow Dental Associates CANADIAN RED CROSS $150.00
Our sincerest condolences to you all. Lisa, Neil and the Willow Team
April 27, 2020, 12:37 p.m. Dede Huang CANADIAN RED CROSS $25.00
Sending my condolences and love to the Zita family ??
April 27, 2020, 10:37 a.m. Hanna Beydoun CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Thinking of the Zita family during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing this & reminding us all why we need to stay home xo Hanna
April 27, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Judy CamilleriJones CANADIAN RED CROSS $25.00
To the Zita Family Sorry for your Loss!!!Italians love people and we in turn love our Italian community and friends!!
April 27, 2020, 10:03 a.m. Juliana Pandurevic CANADIAN RED CROSS $25.00
All of my love to you Savannah, and your whole family. May your nonno Rest In Peace.
April 27, 2020, 12:07 a.m. Christine Zita CANADIAN RED CROSS $200.00
Papanon you have been so loved and so special to us for many years. You are now in your happy place. Watch over us until we meet again. ????
April 26, 2020, 10:04 p.m. Nicole Rodrigues CANADIAN RED CROSS $25.00
Pasquale would be so proud of this fundraiser! Sending all my love and prayers. Love always, Nicole
April 26, 2020, 9:44 p.m. Bruce Ford CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
For Pasquale Zita, Angelo, Kim and family with love
April 26, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Jan Davis CANADIAN RED CROSS $150.00
Thinking of you?? Sending our love to the Zita families! Much love from Jan and Jim. xox
April 26, 2020, 9:08 p.m. Michelle Gluck CANADIAN RED CROSS $20.00
April 26, 2020, 8:58 p.m. Kerin Sparks CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
Our hearts, prayers & support to the Zita clan! PapaZ is always in your hearts. The Sparks Family
April 26, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Shay Papke CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Thank you for creating this and reminding us all how important it is to stay home. So sorry for your loss; sending all my love <3
April 26, 2020, 8:06 p.m. Anonymous CANADIAN RED CROSS $40.00
April 26, 2020, 8:06 p.m. Janet Wright CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
May his memory be a blessing.
April 26, 2020, 8:05 p.m. Dolly Pollock CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our love and virtual hugs and kisses to the whole family. We love you all so much ??
April 26, 2020, 7:58 p.m. Caileigh Gleason CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you always! Love from the Gleason family
April 26, 2020, 7:52 p.m. Zoe Clifton CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Sending you all love during this tragic time!
April 26, 2020, 7:40 p.m. Michael Lamont CANADIAN RED CROSS $100.00
We loved Pasquale. Sending virtual hugs to the Zita family from the Lamont family.
April 26, 2020, 7:21 p.m. Anthony Di Bella CANADIAN RED CROSS $40.00
Sending love and prayers to the entire Zita family!
April 26, 2020, 7:11 p.m. Alannah Wride CANADIAN RED CROSS $50.00
Love you guys!