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DeSANTIS, Anthony Rocco “Tony”

March 6, 1932 – Calgary, Alberta
November 27, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Anthony “Tony” DeSantis of Calgary, a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and above all – a devoted husband. Tony passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the age of 86 years.

Tony is a first-generation Canadian. He grew up in Bridgeland, the oldest child of Donato and Maria DeSantis. After attending St. Mary’s High School, Tony spent almost four decades working with Greyhound Canada. He married Ellen Reidy, the love of his life, in 1962. Together, they raised four children from their busy home on Renfrew Drive, a place Tony loved to entertain family and friends. No celebration with Tony was complete without a shot of sambuca or a glass of red wine – especially if his beloved Stampeders were winning. Tony was active in the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years, had a strong Catholic faith and forged many lasting relationships with members of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Ascension of Our Lord parishes. In retirement, Tony enjoyed travel, bingo, cards and doting over his 10 grandchildren.

Besides his loving wife Ellen, Tony is also survived by his children, Dan (Colleen) DeSantis, Deneen Nolan, Shawn (Corinne) DeSantis, and Guy (Shannon) DeSantis; grandchildren, Brady, Taylor, Amy, Ashley, Camryn, Carson, Connor, Nicholas, Chase, and Ryan; sister Eda DeSantis; brother Rocco DeSantis; and numerous extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB, Calgary, AB) on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (400 Edmonton Trail N.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Tony DeSantis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. I was very saddened to learn that Tony has passed away. He will be greatly missed by all his friends at Greyhound.Tony was a loyal supporter of the hound and made a valuable contribution to it’s success in the many years he worked in the express division. He was very helpful to me when I was making changes in the package express business.He would often come to my office on his lunch break or after his shift to discuss potential improvements to the system. I am sure he (my self included) was very upset with the recent events at Greyhound and very sorry to see it cease operations in western Canada.
    Our paths did not cross in the past several years but I always cosidered him a good friend,he will be missed . Jim Knight. (Retired president Greyhound Lines of Canada)

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  2. DeSantis Family,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
    I have many memories of wonderful times at the DeSantis house growing up.
    Laura (Polini) Capone

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  3. Albert Albinati

    To the DeSantis Family:
    How fortunate I was to spend many meals with my feat under the DeSantis Family table. Whether as a single friend in the community or later with my wife Fran and son Andre.

    I especially remember his dedication to the Knights of Columbus, something, along with our friendship that we shared together.

    The generosity of Ellen, helping with the laundromat that Tony and I owned and operated as young entrepreneurs.

    Tony and his Family were so welcoming to so many. As the Godfather to my son, he continued to play an important role in our lives and prayers over the past many years.

    Sending the love of the Albinati family from snowy Ottawa.

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  4. Sending my thoughts to the DeSantis Family.
    How fortunate I was to have my extended Bridgeland family in my life growing up!
    Winemaking, amazing Italian food with endless courses, noisy games, brothers and sisters in a tumble of fun and energy, and of course football! On tv, and thrown in the yard. Tony was a calming and wise influence for so many, I feel so thankful to have had Tony as my Godfather. I felt included in something larger – in community and an extended family.

    Our love to all of DeSantis family.

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  5. Annette Valerio

    DeSantis Family,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and brother. We have fond memories of him from OLPH, whether it was at Friday night bingo volunteering with our parents and us, Sunday masses and numerous social functions. May your memories give your comfort during this difficult time.

    Annette Valerio, Adrian Valerio and Adele Zuchetto

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  6. Our condolences to the DeSantis family on the passing of Tony, always a very nice and pleasant man. The family has been a bedrock of the Italian community in Calgary for so many years. Rest In Peace.
    Gary and Mary Jane Cioni

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  7. DeSantis Family, Eda DeSantis, Roy DeSantis
    We were so sorry to hear the loss of your husband, father and brother.
    Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
    May God bless your families in this time of sorrow.
    May your memories bring you comfort.
    Anna Coronetta and John Coronetta

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  8. So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a great Husband, Father and Brother to all of the family. I remember how he treated my mother like a sister and she loved him and all of the family dearly. My prayers are with you all.
    Kathy Furlan

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  9. My condolences to the family. I worked with Tony at Greyhound Express from 1975-1980. He was always an upbeat and friendly presence at the old depot on 4th Ave. He was a good and kind person to work with. I recall having much fun and many laughs with him and the rest of the Greydog gang. He often spoke with pride and an obvious love of his family. Rest in Peace.

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  10. Margaret and I extend our profound condolences to Ellen and the DeSantis family on the passing of Anthony. I have informed Ellen’s (Troy connection) relatives in Ontario (my grandmother was Ellen Troy).
    Terrence Downey, President Emeritus
    St. Mary’s University, Calgary

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  11. Hello Deneen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Deneen, it has been many years since we played together as elementary friends at St. Alphonsus, but I do remember meeting your father and mother in Renfrew and they were always welcoming and friendly. I am hoping you and your family are surrounded by loved ones during this difficult time. Best wishes Brenda Ziegler Pick.

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