Antonio Damiao Simoes

20-Jun-1937 - 18-Apr-2023

Obituary Overview

In Loving Memory

Antonio was born the eldest of two children to Joaquim and Maria do Carmo Simōes in Espiçandeira, Alenquer, Portugal. Always adventurous, Antonio left his hometown, making his next home, Lisbon. There he met the great love of his life, by sliding a love note under her door. Maria Isabel Gomes Gonçalves was quickly smitten by his words and beautiful eyes. They married on July 21, 1963. In 1966, the two continued the adventure, and immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With eyes wide open, they learned English, worked hard, and shared dreams of a bright future. 1 year later, their first child, Richard, passed away at birth. A very tragic time in their life together. In 1969, they were given a second chance, and their daughter, Delilah was born. Antonio worked hard to make certain his family was taken care of and loved every day. Humble and kind, he loved his ‘girls’ deeply. He welcomed, Lauriston ‘Larry’ Shand, as a son, never as son in law. When two grandchildren came along, Elijah Anthony and Laylah Anabel, he was the ‘richest’ man alive. With these two, his love and heart grew even bigger.

He was a quietly generous man, which many did not know, always thought of those who were less fortunate. Antonio loved life, loved the World he lived in, and loved God. Dementia and dementia related illnesses, for 7 years, changed his energies; however, it never controlled his love for his family. In his last months, during the worst moments, the names he called out were always those he loved, even those he left behind in Portugal. And most times…there was a most wonderful smile attached. Dementia did not rob him of that!

We mourn his profound loss, as there is never enough time; however, we promise to continue his legacy of humility, kindness and love. Antonio is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Maria Isabel, daughter Delilah (son in law, Larry), grandchildren Elijah and Laylah, sister Maria Candida Simões Diniz, and loving sister- in- law Maria Helena Gomes Goncalves Simões.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider making donations in his memory to Sick Kids Foundation (a charity he supported with great passion), or Baycrest Foundation for Brain Health and Aging.

Saudade querido Marido, Pai/Daddy, Avo/Vovo.

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Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Glen Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times:

    24-Apr-2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Funeral Service

    Glen Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

    Event Times:

    24-Apr-2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Josie zambito | 29-Apr-2023

Sending my sincere condolences 💐. May he rest in peace and love 🕊️ 🙏 I remember meeting your dad when you and I were friends at MPS.

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Posted by Shaunyce Taylor | 24-Apr-2023

My absolute condolences to the family! He was such a bright spirit and he will truly be missed! Even as a little girl, he always lighted up the room and was so loving! Sending you all love, blessings and strength during this time! Love you all. With love- Shaunyce

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