In memory of

Denis McGrath Daly

April 15, 1934 -  August 11, 2022

Denis passed away Thursday August 11 at 1235 AM. He died at home among some of those dearest to him.

The spring of 1934 brought our Denis to a very large Irish/Scottish Catholic family residing on Hall Street in the Low Waters community of Hamilton, Scotland. Peter and Rose Ann (Burns) Daly had every reason to be proud of their last born. Gifted with a compact athletic frame, 'Wee Denis' excelled at football (soccer to the ill informed) and some say had circumstances allowed, he could have had a professional career. In his eighties playing with his great grandson, you could still see he 'had it'. (Saturdays would find him watching 'Premiership' games on the telly).

In 1966, Denis brought his family to Canada and settled in the Scarborough area of Toronto. General Motors was fortunate to have 'Scotty' and the living he earned allowed him to more than help with the raising of his 'sprogs'. Never turning his back on responsibility, he was always there for the generations. He continued to 'go home' regularly to visit his family and friends and at least one game at Parkhead, home of Celtic the best team in Glasgow which of course meant the best team in Scotland and Ireland.

Generosity (unless a bargain in sight) and class, speak to his demeanor and spirit. Always impeccably dressed, he presented himself for any situation.
Perhaps his greatest gift might be described as an Irish/Scottish charm, gaining him many, many friends over the years. He used it too! Well into his eighties he had the ownership and wait staff at his 'local' wrapped around his little finger.

Predeceased by his son Denis Jr, he is survived by his partner Frances, daughter Elizabeth (John), son Robert, granddaughter Chantal, grandson Sean, great grandson Liam, the mother of his children Betty McLeavey, many relatives in Scotland and friends everywhere.

He will be missed.

Donations can be made to War Amps or the charity of choice, in his memory.


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Frances Adams (Partner)

Entered August 15, 2022 from Pickering

Denis no words can describe the soul man friend that made you so special I will miss you for the rest of my days. Fun generous kind friendly. we had great times memories which will continue for a long time. You would be chuffed to know how many people have come forward to console me it truly is amazing all because.of you Sleep in peace after a long battle you so dearly wanted to win but God wanted you more. Rest in paradise with all the gang up about God bless you may he hold you in his hands Love you my wee Denis ❤️❤️❤️

Kevin Dempsey (Family Friend. Honorary Nephew.)

Entered August 15, 2022 from Toronto

You will be forever missed. Definitely one of the great ones. Blessed with charisma and charm, everyone who knew you were better off for it. Rest in Paradise. Until we meet again.

Frances McAllister (Friend)

Entered August 15, 2022

Rest In Peace Denis

Frank & Mary Straney (Friends)

Entered August 15, 2022 from Pickering

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis family and his long time partner Frances.
Dennis will be missed by all who new and loved him
Jesus wrap your mantel around Frances and family
Comfort them at the sad time.
May all who think of him today a little prayer to Jesus say
RIP Dennis.

Lynsey O Donnell (Niece to Frances)

Entered August 16, 2022 from Belfast

What a beautiful summary of Denis's life story. I never had the honour of meeting him but I could tell from photos and stories what a funny, kind and loving character he was, I also know that because I have just described my Aunt Frances as well. May he rest in peace. Sending his family strength and love at this time. God bless Lynsey, Pol and the lads xxx


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