In Memory of




Obituary for Giuseppe "Joe" Basso

With an absence felt beyond measure, a void that will never be filled and sorrow not quenched by tears; we share the loss of our husband, father, Nonno, and friend Giuseppe “Joe” Basso.

On Sunday, October 30th, 2022 at 7:11 am, with dignity, in the comfort of his home, at the age of 82, surrounded by the love so meaningful to him, Joe’s wine glass emptied as he reluctantly took his forever snooze in the serenity of his garden. At peace, with the warm sun on his face, the sound of his fountain and the smells of fresh mint and citronella, Joe rested after he so selflessly gave every last ounce of life he had been gifted. Treasured husband, best friend, and partner of 56 years to Teresa; devoted Daddy to Len & Carla, Tony & Maria, Rita & Frank, and Rosa (predeceased at the tender age of 15 days); adored Nonno Joe to Calista, Cayden, Chiara, Sienna and Adriana; fun-loving fur-Nonno to Molly & Luna. Beloved son of the late Leonardo Basso and Margherita (LeDonne); brother to the late Fausto (Josephine) Basso, and Antonio Basso; son-in-law to Rosa and the late Antonio Rinaldi; brother-in-law to Lorenzo & Joan Rinaldi.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. & 6-9 p.m. at the G.H. Hogle Funeral Home, 63 Mimico Avenue, Etobicoke, ON. Funeral mass on Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 61 Jutland Road, Etobicoke, ON. Burial at Spring Creek Cemetery, Mississauga, ON. In lieu of flowers donations to the Hospital For Sick Childrens Oncology Unit would be greatly appreciated.

Joe began his life on May 6th, 1940, in the small Italian mountain village of Roseto Valfortore, FG. As a young boy, Joe apprenticed as a Blacksmith making horseshoes. In search of opportunity and to better the lives of his family, Joe moved to Germany as a teenager, followed by immigrating to Canada by boat at the age of 25. With his one suitcase in hand; all of his possessions enclosed, he started making a new life employed in a machine shop. He learned the trade of auto glass installation beginning in the 70s. With ambition, talent and determination, he ventured into a business of his own in 1977 when he opened Presto Auto Glass Inc. where eventually as President and Owner, he has successfully made a life for himself and his family, and so many more for 45+ years. After a difficult few years medically, against the odds, Joe survived a significant medical experience in February 2022, which threatened to take his life then. A Special thank you to Dr Napolskikh and Nurse Kent and the PSW's for their care and compassion. Joe wasn’t ready to leave. He still had life in him, he wanted to give and share with his family who was and is his world. With his final words, he expressed gratitude to his devoted wife of 56 years, best friend, partner and ‘secretary’ Teresa. Endless gazes with eyes speaking words beyond the spoken, he shared the joy she brought to every part of his life; reminiscing about successes and a life lived fully, honourably and meaningfully; personally and professionally. Offering a plentitude of kisses at any opportunity, to provide a reserve in his absence; Consistent endless smiles expressing thoughtfulness towards his daughters; A smirk or nod to his sons expressing pride and encouragement; And love for his grandchildren so deeply felt that can’t be ever diluted by physical absence. Joe, Daddy, Nonno....thank you for all the life you shared with us. 

We will forever keep your love alive in our hearts and with your memory. A life too important to ever be forgotten. Rest in peace now. Smell flowers and dance the tarantella with Rosie. Watch over us all like you always have and promised to continue doing in love forever. We will miss you and we love you. Together forever.