August 21, 1946- February 23, 2023
Carmen’s warmth, kindness and genuine interest in people touched many lives and he will be missed by many.
He made people feel special because he was genuinely interested in them and felt that everyone was important. Known as a calm, quiet, gentle man of integrity he also had a great sense of fun and a quick wit. He savoured life and took his time with everything whether it was conversation, food or a golf shot. Carmen enjoyed learning and had an astounding memory. He preferred documentaries and true stories. His interest in geography, history and science and his love of people led him to travel extensively and become a teacher. When he decided to pursue a new interest he studied it thoroughly and became very good at photography, chess, golf, skiing and tennis. He loved cars, was loyal to Toyota and a fan of anything Italian and especially enjoyed his trips to Italy, Italian food, Columbo and The Godfather. Married to Carole for almost 51 years, they shared a love of family, friends, travel, learning and their beloved cats. They loved their life together in their longtime home in Bolton and Carmen vowed to never move and he never had to. Early Thursday morning, February 23, he died peacefully at home in his sleep.
Carmen grew up in Toronto with a loving, large extended family, attended Lawrence Park Collegiate and graduated from Cedarbrae Collegiate, York University and Toronto Teacher’s College. He is predeceased by his parents Rose (Schillaci) and Michael Sisto. He is missed by his beloved wife of almost 51 years Carole, his sisters Marie Knott (Joe) and Joanne Nixon (Richard), his eldest nephew Andy (Tara), his Chandler in-laws Veronica (Norm), Connie, Joe, Steve, Ted (Eva), Bob (Nancy), Rick (Clara), and his many nieces and nephews. He is also missed by his aunt Fran Dingello and the rest of the extended Schillaci family, his long time close friends and the many people whose lives he has touched through the years. Carmen and Carole were very appreciative of all the love and support they have received, especially in these last years.
His love of young people led Carmen to teaching where he became a popular science teacher at Fairbanks Sr. PS in Toronto before moving to Greenbriar Sr. PS in Peel in 1976. He enjoyed a successful career teaching Science, Home Room, French and Guidance and won the Olive Diefenbaker Award of Merit in Guidance from the Ontario Guidance Association. He taught at a number of other Peel schools including Castlemore, Sir John A. Mac Donald Sr., The Humberview, Macville and Helen Wilson. He was a well liked teacher and formed many life long friendships at each school. The Squash Group and The Macville Lunch Bunch as well as others became an integral part of his life. Always interested in helping others, he also volunteered for Big Brothers of Peel and Caledon Meals on Wheels for almost twenty years and Tennis Canada for over twenty-six years and willingly helped in other volunteer activities.
Interested in health and fitness Carmen started jogging in the seventies and formed jogging clubs at various schools, completed the Toronto Marathon and was a staunch supporter of The Terry Fox Run. He took up tennis, skiing and biking. He retired in 2000 and continued to pursue his love of travel, golf, tennis, biking and walking the trails of Caledon. After being hit by a car in 2017, his physical activities became more limited so he started swimming regularly. He was an active member of The Fitness Institute (One Health Club) since 1979 and especially enjoyed his time with the Silver Foxes playing tennis several times a week. An exceptionally skilled golfer, Carmen was a welcome addition to any game and joined a foursome that regularly won first place trophies. But often he enjoyed practicing and playing golf on his own…just for the love of golf.
Diagnosed by his vigilant family doctor, Dr. Meghory, with esophageal cancer in late 2020, Carmen endured every available treatment with grace and dignity. He received excellent care at the Odette Cancer Centre and Michael Garron Hospital and we thank all the doctors, nurses and other medical staff who provided excellent care despite the restrictions of covid. He enjoyed a period where the treatments appeared to successfully combat the disease. With the support of Care Partners’ PSWs and Nurses and his wife Carole, he spent his last months at home as he wished and died peacefully in his sleep.
In keeping with Carmen’s wishes, he was cremated and will be interred privately in the Sisto family plot at Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto. A Memorial and Celebration of Carmen’s life will be held at The Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street South (Hwy. 50), Bolton with memorial visitation on Wednesday, April 26 from 6-8 pm and Thursday, April 27 from noon until time of memorial service in the chapel at 1:00pm. Followed by a reception at the funeral home.
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