Tony Aquilina

Apr 25th 1953 — Jan 15th 2022 (68 years)

Biography

It is with great sadness that the family of Tony Aquilina announces his sudden but peaceful passing at Hamilton General Hospital on January 15, 2022, at the age of 68. Cherished brother of June Rankel (Herb), Dianne Burnison (Jim) and Joseph (Kathryn) and reunited with brother Michael (Cindy) and his loving parents Michael and Mary. Tony leaves behind his nephew Andrew (Roe) and nieces Cassandra (Trevor), Lauren (Dave), Nicole (Kyle), and Danielle (Dean), great nephews and nieces Luca, Maxwell, Evelyn, and Emma, cousins Jan and Rita of Hamilton, and numerous relatives in Malta and Australia. Also left to mourn are Tony’s dear friends, Trish and Paulo, and many other friends who are too numerous to mention by name. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. We plan to have a Celebration of Life when the weather is warmer and COVID restrictions are eased. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to perform a random act of kindness in Tony’s memory, just as he did throughout his lifetime. This could be a donation to a food bank or community fridge, reaching out to someone in need, or any kind gesture that comes to mind. Despite his quadriplegia, Tony had a zest for life. He lived his life with quiet courage, dignity, generosity, positivity, and a streak of stubbornness! He was an amazing example of strength and love to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. Tony will be deeply missed.

Notes of Condolences about Tony

Nelly Lee

10 months ago

So sorry to read of Tony's passing in the paper! Our condolences from the Calleja and Lee Families!

Evelyn Greenwood

10 months ago

I was so shocked to see in the paper that Tony had died, because just two weeks ago, at the beginning of January, I received a chatty, upbeat letter from him about what was going on in his life.


I worked with him many years ago but still stayed in touch, and I too remembering him playing pranks. I have an English accent and he once, in all seriousness, told one young girl he was speaking with, that I was the sister of a Spice Girl! I had to go along with it.


He was a lovely man, my condolences to the family.


Evelyn


Pauline and Mario Citino

10 months ago

I have known Tony my whole life. He was always a great kind person and always had a nice smile on his face. I will miss seeing him at our Annual Picnic and Malta dinner dance. Rest in peace Tony. We will miss you.

Frank Mifsud

10 months ago

We had lots of great times going fishing and getting together with the guys for our 'potluck' lunches. Tony was always happy, kind and had that big smile that would light up a room! I will miss Tony so much but am comforted to know he is reunited with his brother Mike and his parents Mary and Mike. Love and miss you, Frank

Margaret Kupusa

10 months ago

I was so shocked to read about Tony today in the paper. I am so sorry & he will certainly be missed by many people. I worked with Tony at the Ontario March of Dimes as well as the Ministry of Community & Social Services. We had lots of laughs especially around the lunch table at the March of Dimes. I spoke to Tony about a month ago because we were going to meet for lunch. We put it off because of Covid. Tony always seemed happy & I am going to miss him. Marg

Nicole Parco

10 months ago

Uncle Tony was a great uncle. We shared a love for Pink Floyd and he took me to see a tribute show when I was in high school. This was a huge highlight of my life and a fun memory with him. I still have my GameBoy Colour that he gave me for Christmas when I was around 8 years old...it was one of my favourite presents I've ever received as a kid. When my sister and I were young, we would spend some days with him while on summer break, and he would take us shopping downtown and to see a movie at Jackson Square. I am so thankful that I can share the memories of my Uncle Tony with my husband Kyle too. Whenever we would go on a date to our favourite restaurant the Black Forest Inn, we would stop by for a visit since he lived down the street. I am also fortunate that he was able to meet my two sons. We will miss him very much. Love, your niece Nicole xoxox

Allan Minaker

10 months ago

I was always amazed at Tony’s attitude and his zest for life. I only saw Tony when he was with his brother Mike. It was a very cherished relationship between them. I have no doubt he will be missed by many. I know his brother Mike will welcome him to what follows. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends.

Dianne Burnison

10 months ago

Tony, you were an inspiration to me. I always had a soft spot for you. I was only 7 years old when the car accident took place. I remember you sitting in your spot in the kitchen, always available to help me with my homework questions throughout the years, including my public speaking competition when I chose 'capital punishment' as the topic, not a topic a grade 6-er would know much about! I remember how our house on Mohawk Rd happened to have 3 closets atop each other and how our Dad happened to work at Otis elevator, and installed a lift so you could access 3 floors. As a youngster I thought it was cool that we had an 'elevator' in our home More recently, since my retirement, I am so grateful that we had more time to spend together...our regular visits....all those Maltese cauliflour fritters that you raved about :) I miss you. Till we meet again. Love Sister Dianne xo

June Rankel

10 months ago

Tony was my amazing older brother. Loved to pull pranks to get a laugh.

I once got a gaudy gift at Christmas. Tony told me he saw online that it was worth a lot of money, which it wasn't.

So guess what gift Tony got from me the following Christmas.

Tony was such a selfless generous guy. Never a day will go by without thinking of his beautiful character!

Love you bro, xox

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