Amerigo Porto, born on January 12, 1931, in Belmonte, Cosenza, Italy, peacefully passed away in Toronto on July 7, 2023. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Amerigo is survived by his loving wife Carmela of 70 years, their children Angela and Frank married to Wenli. Proud Nonno to his grandchildren Marianne married to Chris, Carmen married to Dan, Anthony, Amerigo, Carmela and Lou. Doting Bisnonno to Jonah, Tristan, Ella, and Xavier.
Amerigo's life was filled with love and laughter. He touched the hearts of everyone he met with his kind and gentle nature. A dedicated family man, Amerigo always put his loved ones first. He cherished the time spent with his wife Carmela. They were nearly inseparable having worked together at the Pizzeria for almost 50 years and held a special bond with each of his children and grandchildren.
Born in Italy, Amerigo first immigrated to Germany for a better life and began work as a bricklayer. In pursuit of an even better life for his family, he immigrated to Canada in 1966. He found success in his endeavors and established a fulfilling career as a restauranteur and him and Carmela ran and managed Da Maria Pizzeria for almost 50 years. However, it was his role as a father and grandfather that brought him the most joy. There was nothing he wouldn't do for his family.
Amerigo had an infectious enthusiasm for life. He had an incredible ability to make those around him feel at home with his warm presence, welcoming smile and witty sense of humour. Whether it was sharing stories around the dinner table or offering words of wisdom during difficult times, Amerigo's wisdom and love were felt by all.
In addition to being a devoted family man, Amerigo enjoyed simple pleasures like playing cards and gardening at the cottage. He also enjoyed making wine and sausage. He took great pride in preparing delicious meals for family gatherings and his generosity at feeding whoever came to visit at the restaurant and the cottage is part of many stories shared by multi-generations of family and friends.
Family meant everything to Amerigo. He created lasting memories through many cottage holiday weekends where they could all reconnect and enjoy each other's company. Whether it was exploring the cottage land, going for a walk around the neighbourhood or simply spending quality time together at the restaurant over a shared meal, these moments became cherished traditions that will be remembered and talked about for generations to come.