August 17, 2019

Tony Demarco's 99th brought 'community' together

Friends and family gathered with Tony Demarco Aug. 16 to celebrate the iconic restauranteur's 99th birthday. He passed away 10 days later Monday, Aug. 26.

A Demarco's Confectionery reunion broke out Friday, Aug. 16 as Tony Demarco celebrated his 99th birthday with family and friends at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. He passed away Monday morning, Aug. 26. Initial plans were to have Mass at the Pro Cathedral of the Assumption Labour Day, with a wake Sunday (to be confirmed).

Great grandchildren helped blow out the candles on his cake, one of many delicious desserts spread across three tables, all made with the family recipes handed down through generations. See the video story HERE.

The iconic family store on Algonquin Avenue closed five years ago with Tony working shifts until he was 94. His parents opened the business in 1928.

A Bit of the Bay Magazine covered the event and will publish a feature story about it in the inaugural print edition hitting the streets of North Bay Sept. 1.

<p>Lisa Demarco and her father Tony, during his 99th birthday celebration at the North Bay Regional Health Centre
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Lisa Demarco and her father Tony, during his 99th birthday celebration at the North Bay Regional Health Centre

Beside that story will be coverage of the city’s current oldest establishment of the confectionery kind, the Pinehill Coffee Shop on Jane Street circa 1957. They’ll be installing a wall of memorabilia soon with some of their new regulars just happen to be long-time Demarco’s customers.

Added to the entrepreneurial spread will be a spotlight on the North Star Diner, a popular vegan eatery with its own strong following built up over almost two years, the atmosphere a big drawing card, none other than the genuine retro of the Demarco’s location.

<p>A table of Pinehill Coffee Shop customers, former Demarco's Confectionery mainstays, enjoy having a place to meet, greet and enjoy friendship.
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A table of Pinehill Coffee Shop customers, former Demarco's Confectionery mainstays, enjoy having a place to meet, greet and enjoy friendship.

 

<p>The North Star Diner  has earned a strong following in the former Demarco's Confectionery location
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The North Star Diner has earned a strong following in the former Demarco's Confectionery location

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