Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday April 28 2019 at the age of 86. Desmond will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marie of 64 years. Beloved father of Frances and her husband Scot, David, Desmond and his wife Maria, and Jackie and her husband Mike. Proud grandfather of Michael, Jackie, John, Alex, Claudia and Jess. He was the loving son of the late Robert and Elizabeth and his siblings; Jack (deceased), Doris (deceased), Gladys and Phyllis.
Desmond came to Canada in 1955 from Dublin, Ireland and started his career in the insurance industry. Des had a passion for life and always had a positive outlook. His curiosity led him to explore many hobbies and business opportunities. He loved to sing, entertain and cook. Des was a huge soccer fan. He touched the lives of everyone he met and he will be greatly missed.
Friends will be received at the DIXON-GARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main Street North (Markham Rd) Markham on Wednesday May 1 from 4:30-8pm. Memorial Service will take place in the chapel on Thursday at 2pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Markham Stouffville Hospital. Our family would like to extend our thanks to the staff at Markham Stouffville Hospital, and a special thanks to the Palliative Care team for their outstanding care for our father.