In Celebration of
Francesco Antonio (Tony) Battaglia
November 7, 1956 -
January 19, 2021
Peacefully passed away, surrounded by his loving family, Tony was called to his forever home on January 19, 2021. Beloved father of Catherine (Kyle), Jenny (Joel), Joseph (Cristina) and Erica (Michael). Loving nonno of Anthony, Vincent, Luca, Sienna and Baby B. Son of the late Caterina and Giuseppe Battaglia. Cherished brother of Frances (Francesco) Loiero and Zio to Sam and Joe. Devoted former husband to Rose and special cousin to Tina and Mario DiCesare.
Tony was a selfless man who always put family first and considered his children and grandchildren his greatest blessings. He was the best dad/nonno; instilling confidence, strength, resilience, and kindness. We will remember his honesty, humour, playfulness, affectionate hugs, and carry countless memories, funny stories and life lessons from him. He was our foundation, our rock, our teacher and our best friend. His unconditional love will remain with us forever.
Tony was a man who enjoyed life to its fullest. He loved to drive motorcycles and fast cars, travel the world, and was an early adopter of new technology and gadgets. It was the simple things, however, that brought him the most joy. This included cooking up family dinners, watching his grandchildren poolside, dressing up at Hallowe’en, cheering on the Canadiens and Dolphins, playing video games and guitar, listening to music and enjoying his favourite TV shows. He loved golfing, creating special woodworking projects, being the family handyman, operating a Bobcat, and sharing an espresso with friends. Tony always offered a listening ear, gave the best advice and would do anything for his friends and family.
Personally and professionally, Tony possessed a tireless work ethic, promoted creativity and innovation, commitment and integrity, modelled generosity and humility, and exhibited warmth to everyone he met. Tony will be remembered by the business communities, in which he was an integral part: Westpark Developments/Homes, Hamilton International Airport (TradePort), Hamilton-Halton Home Builders Association, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, Mohawk College, and the Hamilton Bulldogs, amongst others. He was a visionary who spearheaded many entrepreneurial endeavours, and was a strong proponent for the growth and development of the City of Hamilton. He demonstrated leadership through his philanthropic efforts and contributed to local and global charities alike.
True to his last name, Tony “battled” with courage, strength, grace, and most importantly, faith. We would like to thank Dr. Sebastien Hotte and his team at the Juravinski Cancer Centre for their guidance, expertise and care. Many thanks to Drs. Allen and Jeff Greenspoon, the PSW’s and the VON nursing team for their compassion and comfort. Private family arrangements entrusted to Bay Gardens Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation (hamiltonhealth.ca/memorialgiving) or the Victorian Order of Nurses (von.ca).
Dad/Nonno - We love you to God and back, always and forever!
“I want you to know how safe and secure you are in My Presence… I will walk with you ‘til the end of time and onward into Eternity”. ~Jesus Calling (Sarah Young)