The passing of Romeo De Gasperis: Philanthropist and Businessman loses battle to Cancer
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Businessman and Philanthropist, Romeo De Gasperis, son of Angelo and Lorenza De Gasperis. Romeo had valiantly battled cancer for a number of years before succumbing to the horrible disease on the evening of April 16, 2018. Romeo was 51. A true gentleman, Romeo was blessed with a gentle soul. He was always quick to lend a hand and support those in need. His 18 year battle with cancer never dimmed his spirit nor prevented his success as a businessman and Philanthropist. Above all, Romeo was a wonderful son, a valued brother, a loving husband and an amazing father. In spite of his short life, Romeo left behind a legacy and holds a special place in many hearts. As Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Condrain Group, he was a remarkable leader. Aside from his many ventures he made significant contributions and commitments to the Lymphoma Foundation of Canada.
While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his extraordinary life. We hope his work ethic, willingness to explore, push limits, and selfishly serve a cause greater than himself will serve as an example to younger generations. The thoughts and prayers of the management team and employees of Condrain, Condor and Countrywide go out to Romeo’s wife Marialisa, daughter Natalie and sons Giordano and Justyn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honour Romeo’s examples of service, accomplishments and modesty by donating to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. To donate, please call 416-603- 5300 or visit: www.tgwhf.ca/tribute
About Romeo De Gasperis
At the age of twelve, Romeo began working at Condrain starting with a project in the Town of Markham where he mixed concrete and helped lay 120” (diameter) pipe through easements. From this first job, Romeo began to work on-site every summer until 1989 when he completed a civil engineering program at Seneca College and brought his expertise to Condrain’s offices. He was a vital player in Condrain’s implementation of new technologies and worked diligently to bring the company to the forefront of modern practices and standards, and keep it there.
The founding De Gasperis brothers influenced Romeo early. Working amongst them was sometimes trying because they had such vision, but Romeo learned that from circumstances like these comes vast and useful knowledge. Romeo worked tirelessly to continue the family legacy of excellence, while keeping Condrain at the top of the industry both technologically and structurally, as well as take it to even farther levels of growth. Romeo served as the Vice President of Condrain Group, Vice President of CountryWide Homes and Condor Properties, and has served as President and CEO of Futureway Communications (FCI Broadband) from 2002-2003 and Director for FCI until 2007.
Romeo also sat on Delavaco Residential Properties Board of Directors. Delavaco (DVO.U) is a publicly traded company, listed on the TSX and Nasdaq, but his Board of Directors duties do not end there; he served as director for Cool Brands International (the parent company of YogenFruz) from 1996-2007. He was also chairman and Director of eBuild.ca while also serving as a director for DG Group. More recently his involvement in Aquatech Dewatering as Vice President came from a growing demand for enhanced environmental awareness in our community.
Romeo was also gala chair and honoree for Lymphoma Foundation Canada fundraising dinner in June 2012, which helped to raise $2.5 million dollars for research and awareness of the disease.