Born in Sora, Italy, Alfredo (Fred) De Gasperis decided to chase the Canadian dream on the recommendation of his grandfather, and immigrated to Toronto in 1952 at the age of eighteen. Upon his arrival, Alfredo recognized an array of opportunities in the sewer and watermain industry and was a vital player in the founding and success of Condrain.
Sadly, Alfredo passed in 2013; however, the strength of his legacy is ever apparent. Apart from a wonderful wife in Teresa, 3 beautiful children, and nine gorgeous grandchildren, Alfredo was incredibly active in his company and community. He held numerous directorships within companies like Metrus, was president of Aspen Ridge Homes, Della Shore Investments, and Condrain Limited, sat on several hospital and charity boards, and gave the world a taste and glimpse of true beauty via his hand in Vineland Estates, Eagle’s Nest and Turnberry Golf Courses. All in all, Alfredo was a shining example of the Canadian dream come to life; a true tale of what passion, ambition, love, and family can achieve.
Angelo came to Toronto in 1954, to join his brother Alfredo in opening Condrain construction. From a young age, Angelo had a passion for aesthetics, building, quality and the way the three came together. Not unlike many Italian immigrants of his generation, Angelo had a skillset that allowed him to bring his passion for structure to fruition. Along with a drive to succeed, Angelo was able to make his passion a profession. Following the triumphs of Condrain, Angelo decided to invest some of his passion into home & commercial development, which, for him is the epitome of his trade. He started CountryWide Homes and Condor Properties in 2005, and they now offer some of the finest homes and commercial properties in the GTA and beyond. Angelo is a testament to the Canadian dream.
Whilst his older brothers, Alfredo and Angelo, immigrated to Canada in the early 1950’s, the rest of the family made their way to Toronto in the 1960’s. Antonio (Tony) remembers thinking – looking at the snow-covered scenery – “Oh God, have we arrived in Siberia?” However, he quickly settled into the Canadian-Italian way of life. He acclimated to the new work life and as co-founder of Condrain helped to shape and drive the course for growth over the following five plus decades. The 1960’s were marked by hard physical labour and long working days for the family.
Condrain grew from a one-truck operation to the biggest sewer and watermain company in Canada. Tony, together with his brothers Alfredo and Angelo started Con Cast Pipe, which today is overseen primarily by Tony, and remains a pivotal contributor in the overall success of the Condrain Group of companies. He, along with his brothers, spearheaded the development of the Erin Mills community, which continues to grow today as well as other communities such as Brampton and Springdale.
Tony’s acumen for logistics helped him to take on the management and procurement for all the Condrain equipment, adding the service operation, to ensure that their equipment was always in tip top condition and always available for the work at hand.
Tony currently holds the title of Co-Founder and Secretary Treasurer of Condrain Group.
In 1963 Tony married Helga Loacker and today have three children – Robert, Andrew and Christene, whom all work in the family business. Working days are still long. However, Tony gets great satisfaction out of a job well done and retirement is not on his mind.
When not working he is passionate about golf and enjoys the mental stimulation in building detailed model ships. He has a personal goal to build one for each grandchild – that’s a tall order.
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