It is with a heavy heart that we share with you news of the passing of Sensei Vito Maselli (Peel Judo Club) on January 10, 2023 following a lengthy illness.
He will be remembered for his more than 5 decades as a member of Judo Ontario. Having begun his judo career in the mid-1960s in Downsview, Ontario, Vito went on to compete in local and provincial-level tournaments. Promoted to Shodan in June 1975, Vito volunteered his time not only to run a dojo, but also to earn referee qualifications to National B and serve in that capacity. For over 20 years during his secondary school teaching career in the Peel Board of Education, Sensei Vito organized the Ontario High School Championships which eventually was reinvented as the Peel Judo Championships which ran until 2018. As the dojoshu of Peel Judo Club, Sensei Vito has coached numerous judoka to black belt and trained many to compete/medal at provincial and national-level competitions. He will be dearly missed by his students, athletes, friends, and family alike.
Funeral details are as follow:
Visitation will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road East (west of Bayview Ave.) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday January 13, 2023. A funeral mass will take place within the funeral home’s chapel on Saturday January 14, 2023 at 9:00am. The interment will be held following the mass in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.