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KEEVIL DALY Has passed peacefully, at the age of 87, at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, after a strenuous battle with myelofibrosis and leukemia. Keevil Daly was born in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana) on December 21, 1923. His parents were Birch and Sarah Daly. He was the first black graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical when it opened its doors in 1948 as a Royal Canadian Air Force serviceman. He was married June 25, 1955 to Vivian Thomas McGuire in Toronto, Ontario. Keevil was a well-known and respected weightlifting and bodybuilding champion of British Guiana and Canada in the 1940's and 1950's, during a time of deep seated racism. He won Canada's first gold medal at the Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Vancouver, BC in 1954. He was Mr. New York State and Mr. Metropolitan New York simultaneously in 1947. As a merchant marine, he survived being torpedoed during WWII on the Canadian ship SS Lady Nelson. While stationed in Europe with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Keevil Daly won weightlifting championships in Germany, Canada, Denmark, and Sweden. Keevil played jazz piano, was a fan of Oscar Peterson's music and enjoyed cabinet making. He is survived by his three loving daughters Janis, Dawn and Danielle Daly; two sweet granddaughters Sheerah and Sarah, love of his life Vivian, and adopted 'son' Deryk Maxwell. He outlived three younger siblings; brother Desmond, sisters Evelyn and Betty and is survived by two brothers Leland and Selwyn. Other Daly family members are in Canada, the United States, Brazil, England, Germany and Guyana. A memorial celebration of Keevil Daly's life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 275 Lesmill Road, Toronto (east off Leslie St., south of Hwy. 401, 416-441-1580). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in memory of Keevil Daly, to the Salvation Army and the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. Thank you to the entire medical and service staff at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook for providing a second home to Keevil during his long illness. Your loving care was deeply appreciated. Dad, we will miss and love you forever.


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Published in Toronto Star on Jul. 9, 2011.
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September 26, 2011
Dear Janis & Family

My deepest sympathy goes out to you & your family. The wonderful memories of our loved ones are ours forever to keep.

Bruna Di Cecca
September 10, 2011
Dear Janis, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad, He sounds like an amazing man and you all must be missing him alot. Regretfully I will not be able to attend the memorial service but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I am glad that you have each other. Love Gaye
Gaye Zimmerman-Huycke
September 9, 2011
Dear Aunt Vivian, Janis, Dawn and Sheerah,
Our thought and prayers to each of you as you experience this loss. Hold your memories close to your heart,
Love,
Hazel & Jun Celestino
September 9, 2011
Dear Janis and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through your breavement, god bless and keep you safe always.
Love Anita B.
September 8, 2011
Janis. Bless your heart. I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's death. For those of us left behind, it's awful. May God show you the peace that only He can give right now and throughout the coming years. Hang in there. Grace V
September 8, 2011
Dear Janis & family,
I will be thinking and praying for all of you. I know your father will be missed. From the few times I met him, I always held him in great regard and had a lot of respect for him. It was wonderful to learn a bit more about his life and some of the contributions that he made in this world.
Naomi Macklem
September 7, 2011
Dear Janis and family, Please accept my deepest sympathies for the passing of your father. It was nice to learn more about him, the richness of his life and family. I am sorry I can't be there for the memorial, but do know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. JoAnne Trotter (Florenceville, NB)
JoAnne Trotter
September 6, 2011
Dear Vivian, Janis and family,
My regrets that I will be unable to attend the service but am sending positive thoughts to all of you. I met Keevil only once. He sounds like a remarkable man.

Thinking of you,
Judy Newman, Don Heights
July 19, 2011
Dear Janis and family,
I pray you and your family will find the love and support to get through this profound experience.
I remember in the sixties when you and Dawn got all excited as you both anticipated his return from his travels; I was fascinated by your dad's journeys to far off lands. One time i remember he brought me a doll from Japan, setting my imagination ablaze.
Janis i have always admired the special relationship you have with your dad, may he rest in peace and may you and your family find comfort in the memories you all hold of time with him.
Ella van Gent
July 13, 2011
Dear Janis,
Thank you for sending us this story of your father's life. We do plan to be with you on September 10. In the meantime you know we hold you dear in our hearts.
Aunt Elaine & Uncle John
July 12, 2011
Dear Janis:
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You were a caring and a wonderful daughter. May his soul rest in Peace. Amen.
Saida Adamji
July 12, 2011
Dear Janis,

On this side of heaven, even though we are never prepared, we often have to say the "final Goodbye". To you and your family, I extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. I hope you will find comfort in the fact your Dad being absent from the body, means he is present with the Lord. May God shelter and comfort you at this special time. God Bless, Hopelyn.
Hopelyn Dunn
July 12, 2011
Dear Janis – Our condolences – gosh this is sad – you and your Dad were pretty tight. What an extraordinary life your Dad led. And what a lucky man to have such a beautiful daughter. Take care. Colin & Teresa.
Colin Hughes
July 11, 2011
Mr. Daly, may you rest in peace. You have raised a gorgeous, intelligent, and responsible daughter. My condolences go out to you. God bless you in Heaven.
July 11, 2011
Mr. Daly, may you rest in peace. My condolences go out to you. You have helped raised a beautiful and intelligent daughter. God bless you in Heaven.
July 11, 2011
Dear Janis,
Just know that I'm thinking of you at this time, and that your Dad, you and your family are in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you'll keep your dear, precious memories of your Dad close to you. He lives on in them. Sincerely, Melinda
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