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Born: Jun 18, 1930

Date of Passing: Mar 24, 2018

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DENIS PATRICK BOWES DALY June 18, 1930 - March 24, 2018 Denis died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of March 24 at the Grace Hospice. He is predeceased by his wife Lois (November 7, 2015) and son Michael (March 1, 2012). He is survived and was loved by daughter Kathleen (Wayne Loewen), sons, Shawn (Susan) and Kerry Daly, and grandchildren, Shea Loewen Lazarow (Alex), Patrick Daly (Kellyn) and Jacynthe Daly (Micheal), his great-granddaughter Fianna Daly, and his brother Jim Daly and family. Denis was the consummate renaissance man - and a caring family man. He always had a new project under development, right up to his final days in hospice care. In 1951 Denis started his own business, Daly Display, and worked with many talented artists over the next few decades. The highlight of his career was when Daly Display was awarded the contract to build the Western Canada Pavilion display at EXPO '67 in Montreal. He was an active member and then chair of the Design Institute of Manitoba and the Design Council of Canada. A small park, Daly Gardens, was named in his honour for his volunteer work with the Charleswood Recreation Commission. Later, he joined the Manitoba Government and worked on their business development and tourism initiatives. Perhaps because both his grandfather and mother were born on the continent of Africa, Denis always had travel in his blood. His early years were filled with adventures, one of the greatest of which was a 1949 trip to Costa Rica with his brother where they met the new revolutionary President (and distant relative) Jose 'Pepe' Figueres. He often talked about his trips to Ireland and Scotland, as well as two cruises to the Mediterranean where Denis and his beloved wife Lois met some lifelong friends. He also instilled a love of camping in his children and grandchildren. Denis was an artist who tackled every medium, from wire sculpture to watercolor, and he was a gifted designer. He designed and built his family's Charleswood home in 1961, where they lived for the next 50 years. The dining room table would always be covered with his latest project, from cartoons, to a stage production's props, to 3D patio landscaping models. Then the table would be cleared for large family dinners, which he often cooked himself, or for one of the many parties and events that he and Lois hosted at their home. On weekends in the summer, he and Lois were to be found tending to their vegetable garden. Denis was interested in everything and everyone. He took the time to get to know each person he met, and never ran out of new stories to tell or questions to ask. He went far out of his way to help countless people during his lifetime, never accepting anything in return. He has been an inspiration to everyone he has ever met, and he will be forever missed. The family would like to thank the staff at the Shaftesbury Retirement Residence and the Grace Hospice for their kindness and caring. A private family gathering has been held.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 31, 2018

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I worked for Dennis at Daly Display in Winnipeg from 1967-1977. He was a wonderful person to work for and learn from. He was a kind and inspiring mentor. He treated me and all his employees as family. I'm sorry he's gone...but glad I knew him. I hope there is a worktable set up for him in heaven. God Bless you Dennis. Dick Noordman, Saskatoon - Posted by: Dick Noordman (Former employee ) on: Sep 21, 2018

  • Dennis Daly lived just down the street from us on Southboine. Jon & I walked down to their home many times & during every season of the year. Lois had an amazing green thumb & she introduced me to many of her favorite plants & even started me off with one some slips. They will both be missed by many friends. Our condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Jon & Carol Kreviazuk (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2018

  • As an 11 year old new to Charleswood, "Mr. Daly" created a lasting impression when he and Mrs. Daly invited two teachers from Beaumont School and a select few classmates of daughter Kathy to their home. The highlight was being treated to a grainy Tarzan movie, using what was likely state of the art technology in 1963. It's unlikely that a screening of Tarzan and friends was the purpose behind such a gathering, but that's what I remember most. Denis and Lois were fine neighbours over the course of nearly fifty years, gregarious and always helpful. Denis was noted for volunteering his time, while often supplying the tools necessary to help "beautify" our own property. That included labour intensive projects such as removing tree stumps and levelling / reseeding areas on our lawn that had mysteriously sunk, creating small lakes during spring melt or periods of heavy rain. During my annual trips to Winnipeg, he never failed to invite brother Steve and I over to visit while offering a wide variety of refreshments. He loved to chat and obviously enjoyed the home that they had built and cared for since 1961. I'll always have fond memories of Denis, a generous and thoughtful man. My condolences to his children and extended family. Monty Howes, Vancouver BC. (former next door neighbour). - Posted by: Monty Howes (next door neighbour) on: Apr 02, 2018

  • I was so sorry to read of Dennis's passing. I remember him and Lois being such good neighbors, always working so hard in their yard but willing to stop and chat anytime you walked by. Your obit was a great tribute to him and all he accomplished. Cherish your good memories and take comfort in knowing he's reunited with Lois and Michael. Rest in peace Dennis. - Posted by: Bernice Heinrichs (former neighbour) on: Apr 02, 2018

  • It is with great sorry to hear the passing of your father, please except my condolences - Posted by: Reinhard kazmierczak (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2018

  • My deepest sympathy to the Daly family. Denis and Lois always welcomed me into their home when I came to visit Michael. It is sad to know that all three of them are now gone. - Posted by: Margo Matwychuk (friend of Michael's) on: Mar 31, 2018

  • He gave a new meaning to the definition of decency, honesty and generosity. Travelled with him on business to places like Boston, Orlando and Atlanta and saw him extend these qualities to total strangers. Very talented and innovative in design and graphic areas. Always talked about his family and would do anything for them. Rest in peace Denis. I am a better person for having known you. - Posted by: Bill Ratcliffe (co-worker) on: Mar 31, 2018

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