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Luigi Parmegiani

Luigi Nicolo Parmegiani

Wednesday, January 1st, 1936 - Sunday, January 31st, 2021
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Obituary

Dr. Luigi Parmegiani, DVM passed away at the age of 85 years in his home in Richmond Hill on January 31, 2021 after a short and physically devastating fight with cancer. He faced the reality of his final days with a depth of courage, and peace that is unfathomable. Luigi was born on January 1, 1936 in Sassari Sardegna, Italy to Marco and Serafina Parmegiani. He was the first of three of three siblings followed by Giulia and Nicolo. Sardegna is where his life- long passion for the outdoors, and particularly hunting, fishing and gardening took hold. Luigi earned a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Sassari in 1962 and again upon coming to Canada succeeded in passing his exams from the University of Guelph to qualify as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

He came to Canada in November 1964 after marrying Marina Francisi and the birth of his son Marco in Italy. His wife and child soon followed to start their lives in Canada, where his second child Olwen was born. He opened his Veterinary practise, Ripley Animal Hospital, in Richmond Hill in 1967 and was active until his retirement in 2017 at the age of 81 years.

Luigi was a true Canadian. He came to Canada with hope and passion and built a life for himself and his family. His dreams were fulfilled, and his aspirations were satisfied. Luigi came from a long line of Parmegiani’s dating back to the mid 1500’s and notwithstanding this long and rich history he fully embraced his life in Canada. He was an avid and accomplished fisherman with Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe being where he cast his line both in summer and winter. He equally enjoyed hunting for both game and mushrooms and spent countless hours walking with his dogs in the forests, fields and Canadian Shield in and around his properties or in a duck blind on a secluded bay or marsh. He was in perfect harmony with himself and the wildness and content in tranquil solitude. His rural upbringing spawned his passion for gardening. He kept a greenhouse where he began sowing seeds in pots in mid winter to be followed by planting the young flowers and vegetables in his garden in the Spring.

He left an indelible mark on his family, his friends and his community. His family: Marina, Marco, Olwen and grandchildren, Caterina, Sean, Rachel, Colleen and Sabina are his proudest legacy.
in lieu of flowers we would like to suggest that donations be made to Ducks Unlimited Canada. www.ducks.ca
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Due to COVID their will be a private mass at this time only.

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Donations are being accepted for: DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA - CANARDS ILLIMITES CANADA.

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Dino, Laura, Alyssa, Buddy

Posted at 01:45pm
Thinking of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss Luigi. Sending love and wish you comfort and strength

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Diana Cianciusi

Posted at 08:59pm
I came across the obituary for Dott. Parmegiani by chance, but want to express my condolences to the family. Dott. Parmegiani and my father Luciano Cianciusi were friends, both passionate about the outdoors, and animal lovers. My father trained hunting dogs and Dott. Parmegiani was his vet. My father passed away in March 2019, but I like to think he is reunited not only with mother Vittoria who passed away three months before my dad, but all his four legged friends that went across Rainbow Bridge as well. There is surely a special place there for Dott. Parmegiani as well.
Diana Cianciusi
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Tara Pyatt

Posted at 06:40pm
Our deepest condolences to your family during this time. Luigi looked after our animals and therefore us for so many years he became an extension of our family. He used to laugh about my dog at the time that had a love for hunting but I didn't, and how he had a dog that didn't love hunting but he did. Neither of us would have traded them but it always made us laugh. I will miss him and his smile the rest of my days. I am so much better for knowing him. I hope that your comforted in knowing the impact that he had on others. You are in our thoughts. ~ Tara Pyatt & Family

Denise Hughes

Posted at 05:31pm
Dr. Luigi, as he was affectionately known to his clients, played an integral part in the lives of many people, and their pets, in Richmond Hill. The day he retired a huge gap was created in our lives. If Dr. Luigi said something needed to be done, it needed to be done; likewise, if he said it didn't, it truly didn't. We trusted his judgement implicitly. More than that, he was a true gentleman, a man of many interests beyond his compassion for all the animals that came into his life, and he possessed a gentle humour. One of the marks of a great person is that they are truly mourned when they pass -- and remembered with great fondness. I hope it gives your family comfort to know that many, many people, myself included, are mourning the passing of Dr. Luigi, and remembering him with joy and fondness. Rest in peace, Dr. Luigi.
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Mabelle Robinson

Posted at 03:47am
Dear Olwen and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss, I didn’t know your dad well but he always showed great compassion when caring for my cat and I know he raised an awesome daughter. My heart is with you. Big hugs, Mabelle Robinson
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