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DALEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-11-17 published
Dither Joyce DALEY
By Diane SOKOLOSKI, Monday, November 17, 2003 - Page A14
Wife, sister, mother, auntie, grandmother, friend. Born September 21, 1936, in St.Catharine, Jamaica. Died August 21, in Pickering, Ontario, of colon cancer, aged 66.
Grand Central Station is the nickname of a special house that seemed to have a hundred people whirling through at any given time. Dither DALEY was the matriarch of this Grand Central Station.
In 1955, during a Youth for Christ Rally in Morant Bay, Jamaica, Dither McCALLA drew closer to gospel music that was flowing out of some loudspeakers. Her parents always told her that when she has the Lord to rely on, life will be so much richer. Desmond DALEY was playing that music, and Dither got his attention that day -- and forevermore. They were married and eventually had seven children together (including twins).
In those days, Grand Central Station was a zinc-roofed bungalow in Morant Bay with mischievous cows roaming the fields. Dither raised her kids so they could be successful in school and take their places in the world.
An Evangelical Gospel Hall in Kingston was their home away from home, and the DALEYs had one bench all to themselves. Every Sunday as their micro-bus wound its way along Jamaica's twisting roads, the singing DALEY voices could be heard floating out toward the Caribbean Sea.
The Grand Central Station kitchen was the place to be, with the smells of mangoes, coconuts and ackee and saltfish in the air. The DALEY kids remember their mother singing all the time, in response to their demands for attention: "I'm coming, the Lord says I'm coming..."
Dither was never one to ask for help even when she needed it. Once she announced, "I swallowed a chicken bone." Dither worked the bone down and went on with her chores! Even with Grand Central Station being packed to the rafters with the DALEYs, Dither and Desmond found the time and patience to help four sets of foster children through some tough times. Dither made sure Grand Central Station was the kind of house that could absorb lots of people and make everyone want to stay. With the help of sponsors, the nine DALEYs, all on the same visa, made it to Canada in 1972 in the middle of a bone-chilling winter. Once in Toronto, Dither and Desmond worked hard inside and outside the home to provide for their family, and during that time the kids grew up and produced 18 grandchildren. Some of the original foster children still keep in touch and the generations gravitate to wherever Dither and Desmond make home base.
On January 1, with sparks flying, the multicultural DALEYs come from far and wide to greet the new year, celebrate life and pray. It is at these crazy feasting times that Grand Central Station is just the way Dither liked it -- bursting at the seams with God's love, family and Friends.
In 2002, Dither was diagnosed with colon cancer and she made a brave attempt to fight the disease with organic food and natural supplements, rather than breaking her body down with chemotherapy.
For more than 25 years, Dither and Desmond went to a little church in Scarborough called Bridlegrove Bible Chapel. Precious excerpts from Dither's journal were read at the her funeral there. Dither treated every day as a new chance to praise God and give thanks for the acts of kindness bestowed upon her by the people in her life.
Diane SOKOLOSKI is a friend of Dither DALEY.

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DALGLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-06 published
DALGLEISH, Gordon John
Peacefully in his son's arms, at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, on March 4, 2003. Dear husband and best friend of Suzanne (née MORRISON) and devoted father of Cameron and Suzanne Jane. Beloved brother-in-law of Sheila COLLINS and dear uncle of Catherine and Julie CIEPLY. Best buddy to MacTavish. Gord cherished the many Friends he made throughout his life. Gord's family deeply appreciates the care, love and Friendship of cardiologist Dr. Donald PEAT, Dr. Bruce MERRICK, Dr. Tom STANTON and nurses Nancy DAHMER and Patti FRANKLIN gave him so generously. For many years Gord was an enthusiastic member of the Canadian Ski Patrol, Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance and he was a ski instructor at Mansfield Skiways. Friends will be received at Saint John's United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville, (905) 845-0551, on Saturday, March 8, 2003 at 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. Reception to follow the funeral service. Burial to take place at Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery, Oakville. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Heart Function Clinic at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

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DALGLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-06 published
DALGLEISH, Peter Oakley
At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, on Thursday, December 4, 2003, at the age of 68, after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He leaves his son Murray and family of Toronto, and his daughter Mary and family of Calgary. son of the late Oakley and Delsya DALGLEISH. Fondly remembered by his granddaughters. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sunnybrook Palliative Care, Unit K1E for their care and support. A service will be held in the chapel of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Sunday, December 7 at one o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Elizabeth Health Care, 90 Allstate Parkway, Suite 300, Markham L3R 6H3, would be greatly appreciated.

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DALGLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-06 published
DALGLEISH, Delsya Florence
After an adventurous and fun life, Delsya passed away at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, on Thursday, December 4, 2003, in her 92nd year. Born in Wales and raised in South Africa, Delsya established a stage career in London, England, where she met her future husband. ''Del and Dal'' returned to Toronto where they raised a family and had a wonderful time together. She was a world traveller and local volunteer. Predeceased by her husband Oakley and sons Gary and Peter, Delsya is survived by grand_son Murray (Donna) of Toronto and granddaughter Mary (John CONGDON) of Calgary. Great-grandmother of Jordanne, Stephanie and Grace Jennifer and Michelle. Fondly remembered by Friends and family. The family wishes to thank Marg JACKSON of Saint Elizabeth Health Care for her care and support. A service will be held in the chapel of the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (South of Eglinton Avenue East), on Sunday, December 7 at one o'clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. DALGLEISH to Saint Elizabeth Health Care, 90 Allstate Parkway, Suite 300, Markham L3R 6H3, would be greatly appreciated.

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DALGLEISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-12-09 published
Part of Globe history passes with DALGLEISH
Ex-publisher's wife dies on the same day as their son
By Michael VALPY, Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - Page A17
Delsya DALGLEISH was a beautiful South African ballet dancer. She gave her name to one of the world's best-known brands of toilet paper. She married a legendary Globe and Mail editor and publisher, and, when she died at 92, it was on the same day in the same hospital as her son, Peter.
The deaths last Thursday were coincidental. Mr. DALGLEISH, 68, died in the afternoon of a cancer that had been diagnosed a short time earlier. Ms. DALGLEISH, who had been in a nursing home, died of old age later the same day. She was not aware her son had predeceased her, as had his two brothers several years earlier.
Born Delsya GRIFFITHS in Wales, she was raised in South Africa and had an established London stage career when she met Oakley DALGLEISH, a 22-year-old Canadian student at the London School of Economics. They married almost immediately. He was appointed editor-in-chief of The Globe 15 years later and publisher 10 years after that.
The DALGLEISHes were a glamorous and adventurous couple, travelling the world and partying throughout Europe and North America with the powerful and celebrated.
Ensconced members of what passed for Toronto café society in the 1940s and 1950s (Steak Oakley was on the menu of Winston's restaurant on Bay Street for years), they and their companions in full evening dress would sometimes go into The Globe's newsroom late in the evening for a nightcap in the editor's office.
Ms. DALGLEISH, in clinging gowns, would twirl gaily around the floor, eliciting whistles from copy editors toiling beneath green eyeshades.
Her husband Oakley, a handsome, elegantly dressed man, had lost his left eye as the result of a freak childhood accident involving a fire truck, and from his earliest adult days he wore a jet-black eye patch. The look was dashing, and was noticed by an advertising executive at a New York cocktail party who gave birth to the Hathaway shirt man.
The same executive, after being introduced to, and charmed by, Delsya DALGLEISH, bestowed her name (with his own spelling) on a toilet-paper account, Kimberley-Clark's Delsey "bathroom tissue."
Mr. DALGLEISH died at age 53 in 1963. Ms. DALGLEISH was appointed to The Globe's board of directors by her husband's successor, Montreal businessman R. Howard WEBSTER, and was consulted by Mr. WEBSTER on how the newspaper should be run.

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DALGLISH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-03-08 published
JOHNSON, Frances Joan
Joan JOHNSON (née WATTS,) whose gentle spirit moved all who knew her, passed away peacefully at the Northumberland Health Care Centre in Cobourg, Ontario on Thursday, March 6, 2003. She was 77 years of age. Joan was the cherished wife of the late Dr. Robert (Bob) Herbert JOHNSON; loving mother of Susan, Wendy, Gordon, and Douglas; dear sister of Audrey DALGLISH and the late Barbara PERRY; and beloved aunt of her nieces and nephews. Joan will be sadly missed and her memory will be honoured by her sons-in-law Larry and David and by her daughters-in-law Wendy and Melyssa. Her grandchildren, Katie, Andrew, and Molly, will hold memories of their 'Noanie' close to their hearts. Joan lived her life with unfailing strength and dignity and with quiet good humour. She served her country in the Canadian Navy during World War 2, achieving the rank of Sub Lieutenant. After she left the Navy, she studied nursing at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children School for Nurses, graduating in 1950. It was at the School for Nurses that she met her future husband, Bob, a pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children. Bob and Joan were married in 1953. Following a year in Boston furthering their respective careers in medicine, they moved back to Canada, settling in Mississauga. Bob and Joan lived there for 25 years, raising their children Sue, Wendy, Gord and Doug. Joan was truly a Canadian pioneer. She achieved her private pilot's license in her 40s and was an expert canoeist, which was evident to anyone who visited her and Bob at their treasured cottage in Georgian Bay. She often carved paddles for herself and for members of her family and in her 70s, built a cedar strip canoe which she paddled in and around the waters of the Bayfield-Nares Inlet. Joan was also creative and talented, producing whimsical stuffed animals for her children and grandchildren and entertaining family and Friends with her all-too-infrequent performances on the piano. During her last few years, Joan was cared for by her daughter Wendy. Wendy's selfless compassion was deeply appreciated by Joan and her family. A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity United Church (Corner of Chapel Street and Division Street in Cobourg), on Saturday, March 15th at 11 a.m. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution by cheque to the Northumberland Health Care Foundation. Arrangements by MacCoubrey Funeral Home  Cobourg (905) 372-5132 Condolences received at maccoubrey@sympatico.ca.

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