DELANEY, Austin Bernard Francis -
October 28, 1933 - September 10, 2023
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dad's passing. Austin Bernard Francis Delaney left this world on Sunday, September 10, 2023, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Thornhill, just weeks before his 90th birthday.
He leaves behind his adored wife, Maria (née Neefs) and a blissful marriage of 66 years; his daughter, Danielle Davidson (Michael); and son, Austin (Linda).
Dad was the fun-loving grandfather of Sean (Anne), Matthew (Kelsey), Mark (Taylor) and Laura (Colton) Davidson and Jack and Sarah Weber, having all the time and energy in the world to play "catch me Grandpa."
Dad was born on October 28, 1933, in London, England, and gleefully found his beautiful bride in a small village in Belgium.
They started a life together in London, but Dad's savvy business skills would soon be noticed by an American company wanting to expand in Canada.
And so, the adventure began across the ocean, and with their two children, they embarked on a life in Toronto where Dad would be president of Bell and Howell Canada; a career that would take him all over the world.
At 55 years of age, Dad was able to call it a day, and he and Mom set up a beautiful retirement life in St. Augustine, Florida, where they socialized with their many snowbird friends.
But, the last three years were not kind to Dad as he became bedridden and suffered from dementia. With his wife caring for him, Dad never once complained, often telling us he was the luckiest man in the world.
Dad is resting at Kane-Jarrett Funeral Home at 8088 Yonge Street in Thornhill. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Luke's Catholic Church, at 39 Green Lane in Thornhill at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15th. Reception at the church to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (alzheimer.ca) would be very much appreciated by the family.