Photo of Mickey DiFruscio and Wife, Elizabeth DiFruscio, at 2018 Conservation Awards Gala



The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation (NPCF) are saddened to share the news of the passing of Dominic ‘Mickey’ DiFruscio on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at the age of 95.

Mickey served on the NPCA Board of Directors for 25 years as the City of Thorold's citizen representative, and was an Honourary Lifetime Member due to his dedication and commitment to conservation. Being the true advocate that he was, he was a strong believer of the work of the NPCA and NPCF and was always willing and happy to support. Mickey attended countless community events and public meetings as an ambassador of the work of conservation and was never shy to go a step further and lead by example by rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty at community plantings. He assisted at events such as the annual Thanksgiving Festival and even helped with the cooking for the NPCF Wild Game Dinner.

Mickey’s passion for monarch butterflies was well-known across the community. Much of his work focused on the protection and restoration of habitat for pollinators, so he grew milkweed in his garden and greenhouse for many years. He would share and donate these plants with staff and board members, and often donated trees to be used in restoration projects or planted throughout the watershed.

In 2017, the NPCA Board of Directors approved the Mickey DiFruscio and Family Legacy Pollinator Project, which aimed to see the installations of two pollinator gardens each year in Mickey’s honour. All Mickey DiFruscio and Family Legacy Pollinator Gardens contain only native species of plants that serve as either host or nectar sources for native pollinator species.

Today, there are eight gardens in eight different municipalities, with a total of 12,000 wildflowers and 1,600 m2 of gardens created in his name. These were installed with the support of hundreds of volunteers and local community groups and two more gardens are planned for 2022.

To say that Mickey has made an incredible difference in this watershed is an understatement. He will be greatly missed by his NPCA and NPCF families and the entire watershed community.

Our deepest condolences go out to Elizabeth DiFruscio and the DiFruscio family as they deal with this great loss.

“Long Live the Monarch Butterfly”



Questions related to the above statement should be directed to:
Erika Navarro, Communications Specialist
Mobile: 905-650-4027