One of the last victims of COVID-19 in York Region is a 49-year-old football coach remembered for his passion for the community, strong laughter and a willingness to help others.
Tony Alati has volunteered for the Woodrik Strikers League. The Vaughan resident was also closely associated with the Carrying Place Ratepayers Association, which fights to preserve the natural environment in the Woodbridge area.
Alati was a noisy citizen of Vaughan City Hall, battling condo developments in the Woodbridge area.
“Vaughan mourns the loss of Tony Alati, a father and a dedicated resident of our community,” Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua wrote on his Twitter page on Friday.
“He will be remembered for his passion and commitment to helping others.”
Alati was well respected by his players and peers, said an article on the Woodbridge Strikers website.
“Our deepest condolences go to his family,” we read in the post. “But above all, to remind people of how serious this pandemic is and to stay at home as Tony would have liked. He will be missed by many. “
A wave of sympathy and support for the Alati family is scribbled on social networks.
“Today I lost a friend,” writes Elvira Caria. “I am devastated. And I’m going to my bunker now. And I will go out when it is safe to do so. But I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. ”
Others have said that Alati will be remembered as a gentleman and a true gem of the community.
“There should be a community leadership award in his name (awarded) to people who illustrate all that Tony stands for and does in our city,” posted a message from the GTA Hockey Club.
“Tony is remembered as a funny guy with a hardy, down to earth laugh and ready to move mountains to help when help was needed,” posted Mary Bringham.
Alati was also a loyal and passionate member of the Scuderia Ferrari Club of Toronto – one of the hundreds of sanctioned Ferrari fan clubs around the world.
“Tony was one of the most loyal members of Scuderia Ferrari Club Toronto and an honorable Ferrari fan,” said Toronto club president Antonio Folino.
Hundreds of Ferrari fans from around the world extended their condolences to Alati’s immediate family and extended Ferrari family.
“At this difficult time, the whole Scuderia Ferrari Club is trembling with pain,” wrote Paolo Pavesi of Italy.
According to York Region Public Health, a Vaughan man in his forties died on Friday of the coronavirus novel.
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Although the region does not list each COVID-19 victim by name, Vaughan’s death is listed as having contracted the virus through close contact while caring for someone who tested positive, living with a case or having prolonged contact with a person tested positive. .
As of Saturday, the death toll in York region had reached 13 of 412 confirmed cases.
Of the 13 deaths reported by the region, Alati was the youngest and the only resident to have contracted the virus through close contact.