It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the loss of this life well lived. Beloved father of Alison and loving partner to Patricia, he leaves behind his eldest daughter Diana, brother Ray and wife Molly, sister Rosemary and husband Bob and will now be reunited with his son, Kevin, in God’s embrace. His energy, affection and mentoring, will also be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews and their children.
Born in Toronto, Des valued his Irish Catholic roots and loved the ever changing beauty of Toronto’s diversity. He was always thoughtful about including people so as a wonderful cook he would bring people together with good food, good wine and of course, good conversation. Des would talk to anyone about anything at any time. He could make a stranger feel important from the first hello and leave them feeling like a friend. He was genuine, relatable and was known for being a born storyteller with a clever wit and immense humour. His energy, eternal optimism and great appreciation of the wonderful things in life is his lasting gift to all who knew him.
Built for athletics, there wasn’t a sport Des didn’t try; hockey in his youth, rally car racing, tennis, alpine skiing well into his 60’s and even sailing into his 80’s as he had the soul of a mariner and a wonderful partner in Patty. His adventuresome spirit led him to travel near and far but his fondest memories were traveling to Ireland with his siblings to visit family. He loved the sights and sounds of Italy and sailing in the Caribbean. What many people didn't know was that Des had a green thumb and enjoyed growing plants, including basil, tomatoes and hot peppers.
His desire to explore meant touring the city for the best food; dining in fine restaurants and tucked away dim sum treasures in Chinatown. He was always delighted to introduce his family to the newest food from afar and make it a new favourite, but in his heart he was a meat and potatoes man. Most importantly though, what he loved best in life, was conversation and connection with people, young and old. His best times were engaging in funny and intellectual conversation with friends and family, both in Canada and in Florida.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a quiet funeral will be held with only the most immediate family members at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church.
If inspired to give, we ask that donations be made to The Scott Mission or the charity of your choice. Des died from COVID-19 after contracting it from a long time friend and neighbour; therefore, we ask that you keep everyone suffering from this pandemic in your prayers and in his honour, wear a mask.
For those who wish to participate, the Mass will be livestreamed at the link below.
The family wishes to thank everyone who have been so supportive and kind at such a difficult time.
Info: Des' family wish to give our most heartfelt thanks to Mons. Zimmer for preparing a beautiful and meaningful mass which gave Des the funeral he wanted. His eulogy articulated the best of Des and was received with gratitude for its impressive oration and attention to detail, spoken without notes and given with great respect. We also wish to thank Sr. Christina for her assistance and communication to help prepare this important event. On behalf of those who participated via livestream, we thank Mons. Zimmer for making that possible. We give our appreciation to the organist, cantor, alter servers and church decorators for making his funeral beautiful, spiritual and comforting. To the team that made the livestream possible, we thank you for your high quality and professionalism. Our family and friends were able to join us and support us in our grief and good-bye because of your efforts.