Sammy Di Padre's loved ones

45923400_1583274266731869_r.jpegSammy Di Padre died suddenly on February 27, 2020 at the age of 37.  The day prior to his death, he collapsed at work and was sent to the hospital by ambulance.  After several tests which came back negative , he was released, sent home and told to rest.  The following day after starting to feel better, he returned to work.  At this point, he started not to feel well and collapsed once again.  His coworkers insisted he return to the hospital.  Reluctantly, he was sent to the hospital by ambulance once again.  Once he became unresponsive, doctors tried to stabilize him.  After 45 mins they pronounced that our Sammy was gone!


Sammy was a dedicated, loving husband to his wife, Valerie Pacheco (34).  They met when she was just 17 and their love blossomed.  They were happily married for 7 beautiful years.  Sammy was a devoted PAPPA to their beautiful 2 year old daughter, Ava.  His family was  his whole world and nothing gave him more joy than being with them!  Life for them was just getting started.  They worked so hard to purchase their first home.  They were so overwhelmed with joy and proud of their accomplishment.  A place to call home and where they would make beautiful memories to cherish a lifetime.  All this came to end on February 27th.  Valerie’s world got flipped upside down and the joyous life together that they had spoken about so many times was suddenly stolen from them.  They had only just begun looking into Life Insurance to protect their family from some unspeakable event.  Unfortunately, they never had the chance to proceed and now Valerie may lose everything they worked so hard to build.

Everything happened so unexpectedly and now Valerie and Ava are not only faced with the loss of the love of their lives but also the tremendous financial burden which follows.  Their well-being is in jeopardy.  Sammy will no longer be able to provide for his family.

Without a doubt, to know Sammy was to love him!  It is often said how someone has a “heart of gold”.  In Sammy’s case, that phrase does not do him justice.  He was a kind and loving soul who always put the needs of everyone before his own.  He was selfless and never wanted his family & friends to worry for him.  Even when it looked like he had the entire world on his shoulders, he always answered “no worries!”

Sammy graduated University with a degree in Accountancy but he quickly realized that his true passion was in becoming a chef.  He quickly fell in love with that vocation and decided, with Valerie’s support, to follow his dreams in the culinary arts.  He was quickly adopted by another family, the Pius Culinary Institute, where his hard work and dedication were very much appreciated.  Sammy was now back in school, sacrificing nights and weekends studying in order to become a certified culinary instructor in order to provide a better life for himself and his family.  He was truly one-of-a-kind!

No amount of words can ever fully describe who Sammy was and what he meant to everyone.  The only other thing which can best describe him was the he was a devoted New England Patriots fan!


With the tremendous outpour of family, friends & colleagues reaching out to inquiry how they can help support Valerie and Ava in this, their time of need and financial stress, we, as a united family, who love and support them, have decided to set-up a GoFundMe page in order to try and relieve some of the financial burden during this difficult time.  All the money raised will go towards their mortgage payments and other expenses they have to endure in order to help them continue with their lives.


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  • Pius Career Centre Teachers & Culinary Students 
    • $240 
    • 8 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 21 d
  • Anthony Montagna 
    • $100 
    • 21 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • sungbae choi 
    • $200 
    • 1 mo
See all

Fundraising team (5)

Jeffrey Pacheco 
Raised $3,680 from 35 donations
Laval, QC
Priscilla Medeiros 
Team member
Raised $1,260 from 15 donations
Tim Dias 
Team member
Raised $550 from 7 donations
Vito Mariani 
Team member
Raised $456 from 8 donations
Jessy Dias 
Team member
Raised $450 from 5 donations
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