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1945 Decio 2023

Decio Cozzi

September 19, 1945 — July 24, 2023

In Loving Memory of Decio Cozzi

Decio (Dick) Cozzi, age 77, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2023, at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada. He was born in Campotosto, Abruzzi, Italy, and arrived in Toronto as a young man, seeking new opportunities and adventures.

As the youngest of seven children, Decio grew up in a loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Agostino and Vincenza Cozzi (Abate), as well as his siblings, Linda (Domenico) DiTomasso, Valerio (Livia) Cozzi, Angelo (Pasqua) Cozzi, Pasqua (Terigio) DeAngelis, and Francesco Cozzi.  He is survived by his beloved brother and sister-in-law, Giovanni and Caterina Cozzi, and leaves behind a cherished legacy in the hearts of his many nieces and nephews.

Decio was a devoted family man who demonstrated his unwavering love and commitment to every member of his large extended family. But his generous and compassionate nature extended beyond his family circle. Decio had a heart of gold and was well loved and known for his willingness to help anyone in need, regardless if you were a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. He embraced his many friends who saw him as a brother, and their children loved him as an uncle. 

Decio pursued a career as a skilled machinist and served as a dedicated employee at the City of Toronto Water Works, working his way up to a supervisory position, which he held for many years.  His hard work and expertise made a lasting impact on his many colleagues and the community he served.

Beyond his professional life, Decio had two great passions that brought him immense joy. He was possibly the biggest fan of the Italian soccer teams SS Lazio and Azzurri. His enthusiasm for the sport was unparalleled, and he could often be found engrossed in matches, insisting that nothing should interrupt his game time.

He was a devoted and passionate hunter and spent countless hours exploring the wilderness, reveling in the tranquility of nature, and honing his skills. He cherished his time at "Ponderosa" with his many hunting buddies.

One of Decio's greatest joys was his annual trip back to his hometown of Campotosto, where he would spend several months surrounded by the stunning lake and mountains that held a special place in his heart. He enjoyed foraging mushrooms and spending time and sharing stories with his many friends, transforming acquaintances into a tight-knit family.

Decio's legacy lies not only in his professional achievements and passions but also in the love and kindness he shared with others. His deep core values served as a guiding light for those who had the privilege of knowing him, and his memory will continue to inspire and uplift those he touched. His life was filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories. He will be dearly missed by all.

As we mourn the loss of Decio, let us also celebrate the profound impact he had on the lives of his family and friends. May we carry forward his spirit of compassion, generosity, and love, keeping his memory alive in our hearts.

"Those we love don't go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear."

Visitation will be held at Westminster Funeral & Reception Centre (5826 Bathurst St. between Finch and Steeles on the west side), located on the grounds of Westminster Cemetery, it is the first building on your left. The family will receive guests on Sunday, July 30th from 2-7pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church (3220 Bayview Ave., North York) on Monday, July 31st at 9:30am with entombment to follow at Westminster Cemetery & Mausoleum.

Your thoughts and kindness are truly appreciated during this time of sorrow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Decio may be made to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

For those who are unable to attend the Funeral Mass and wish to participate via livestream, please see below with the following instructions:

Funeral Mass Monday July 31st Livestream starts at approximately 9:15am for funeral mass at 9:30am

To view the livestream please use this link:

This will take you to our webpage. When you get there click on the “Live Feed” button at the top right of the page. This will automatically scroll you down to the Live Feed area. Once there, click on "Livestreaming" on the left-hand side. The video will go live about 10 to 15 min before the funeral mass starts. Those who go onto the site and see no livestream are likely there before the 10 to 15min before the feed begins. Simply go back to the “live feed” and click on the button again closer to the start time of the funeral and the feed should come up on your screen.

A few notes:

*When the video launches hover your mouse over the lower left-hand part of the video screen on the webpage … there you will see a small speaker with an X beside it. Click on the speaker to enable the sound (the X will disappear)

* Click on the box on the far-right hand side of the video screen on the webpage (“full screen”) and the picture will fill your entire screen

*The volume of the sound is controlled from the computer/device you are on. You may need to increase the volume on their computer / device to hear things properly.

*A computer is the best way to watch the broadcast. Cell phones and iPad do work - marginally, but (especially) older models can sometimes have limited or outdated technology that doesn’t always manage the sizable data that comes in with both audio and video broadcasting. An old computer can also have these issues.

Service Schedule

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Sunday, July 30, 2023

2:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Westminster Funeral & Reception Centre

5826 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M2R 1Y6

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Funeral Mass

Monday, July 31, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

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Monday, July 31, 2023

11:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Westminster Cemetery & Mausoleum

5830 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M2R 1Y6

Light of Christ Mausoleum Main Floor, Aisle A

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