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2020 - Toronto ON
Rosie Ienco was born and raised at 251 Clinton Street in Toronto. Rosie attended school in the community and completed her post-secondary education at the University of Toronto. Throughout her life Rosie had a strong sense of community and was committed to supporting local business. Rosie could often be found behind the counter at her parents' neighborhood grocery store, Harbord Foods. She welcomed customers with her warm smile and was always eager to showcase her neighborhood to those new to the area. Rosie's love for food and cooking led her to open a catering business, with the dream of one day owning her own restaurant in her community. She was most proud of being able to take part in the annual Taste of Little Italy, where she served up Porchetta sandwiches and other traditional Italian dishes. Rosie always felt extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow up in such a diverse community and was very proud of the relationships she built with local businesses.
In November 2014 Rosie was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. She handled the diagnosis in the way she handled her life, full of hope and optimism that she would get through this and get on with her plans.
On August 5, 2016 Rosie lost her battle with cancer. She was 35 years old but lived a life that went beyond numbers.
Thousand of children were educated in the arts thanks to a endowment set up by Beatrice Minden at the Clinton Street School. Beatrice passed away on Aug. 30, 2009 at the age of 99.