Mr. Giovanni "John" Anthony Taddeo

July 02, 1934 - March 12, 2017 

Mr. Giovanni "John" Anthony Taddeo

July 02, 1934 - March 12, 2017 

Obituary for Mr. Giovanni "John" Anthony Taddeo

In Celebration of the Life of
Mr. John Anthony Taddeo

As we age; our loved ones begin their journey home. We feel such loss and turn to our memories...

Mr. John Anthony Taddeo, age 82 years, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, March 12, 2017 with family by his side.

John was born in Fort William and spent his early years living in Ignace, where he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway, cut pulp, and transported emergency patients to Dryden Hospital.

After a workplace accident, that lead to the loss of one of his arms, John returned to Thunder Bay in 1957 with an entrepreneurial spirit that would lead him to great success in numerous business ventures. John's first venture in Thunder Bay was John Taddeo Trucking, founded in 1958. He would then go on to become involved in commercial and residential property investments, construction, hotels and multiple well known restaurants. One of those restaurants was “ The Plaza Restaurant,” which was purchased by John in 1963 and was known for their signature Boston Cream Pie.

Despite John's work life being so eventful, his personal life was much the same. He hosted many evening and Saturday afternoons of wonderful meals, drinks, fantastic birthday cakes, home-made sausages, and the best BBQ steaks that you could ever imagine. John's home and work place was always filled with love, laughter, friends and family.

John shifted his focus in retirement as he spent his extra time pursuing hobbies. Catching fish, larger than any witness could testify too, and tinkering in his garage as he listened to country music loud enough for the neighbours to enjoy. When looking for something different to do, John loved to travel. His most frequent destinations being Palm Bay Florida, Laughlin Nevada, and his camp in Ignace where he spent many of his last summers.

From a young age, John was an entrepreneur at heart with tremendous drive and passion. Despite unfavourable odds, he managed to live a life more accomplished than most. He serves as a testament of what someone can achieve by trusting in themselves and pursuing their ambitions.

John is survived by his spouse and loving companion, Della Canan; his children Patricia Taddeo and Bernard Taddeo (Sheri) and Della's children Van Canan and Myra Canan (Murray); grandchildren Sherry Main (Christian), Kevin Lewis (Beryl), Nicholas Taddeo, Julie Taddeo and great-grandchildren Tyler Main, Devin Main, Rylee Lewis and Kaden Lewis. He is also survived by his sister, Maria Atwood as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was predeceased by his parents, Nicola and Carmela Taddeo; the mother of his children, Verdon Taddeo; sisters Louise Calder and Yolanda Scott and Della's son, Bradley Canan.

A Celebration of John Taddeo's life will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 with family and friends gathering in St. Patrick's Cathedral for the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am, celebrated by Msgr. P.M. Stilla, V.G. A private family interment will take place in Mountainview Cemetery later.

No matter the wishes and dreams in our heart; no matter the paths that we take, the dear ones we cherish add joy to our days with the wonderful difference they make!

Should friends so desire, donations made in memory of John to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.

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