Anthony (Tony) Toldo

Entrepreneur, philanthropist

Anthony (Tony) P. Toldo, a successful entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist, spent much of his life giving back to the community of Windsor. He donated millions of dollars to support numerous organizations and causes, focusing primarily on vital health services. Over the course of a 64 year career, Tony Toldo established several manufacturing businesses in three countries, employing upwards of a thousand people. His first company, Telso, began operating in 1964. He then moved on Centoco Manufacturing and Peter Anthony Design, manufacturing a range of items, including furniture for fast-food restaurants.

Only nine years old when he immigrated to Canada from Italy, Tony went on to become a Member of the Order of Canada, as well as a Member of the Order of Ontario. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor. That same university is also the location of the Anthony P. Toldo Health Education Centre, a result of funds provided by Tony. He established the Toldo Foundation to build on his legacy of generosity, which continues to give back to the community. For example, a $1 million donation was made to St. Clair College, toward the Anthony P. Toldo Centre for Applied Health Sciences, unveiled in 2014.

He passed away from cancer at age 84, on October 29, 2009.

Sources:

CBC News. (Oct. 30, 2009). Tony Toldo, philanthropist, dies at 84. Retrieved November

CBC News. (Nov. 4, 2009). Tony Toldo remembered as a “wonderful man”. Retrieved November 27, 2015.

St. Clair College Alumni Association. (Winter 2014). St. Clair College Receives $1 Million Donation from the Toldo Foundation. Retrieved November 27, 2015.

University of Windsor. Toldo Health Education Centre. Retrieved November 27, 2015.

The Windsor Star. (Oct. 31, 2009). Anthony Peter “Tony” Toldo Obituary. Retrieved November 25, 2015.

The Windsor Star. (May 12, 2007). Philanthropist Joins the Order of Canada. Retrieved November 25, 2015.