October 27, 1930 – Halifax, NS
March 7, 2015 – Calgary, AB
Ron Dulhanty beloved husband of Mary Zorko of Calgary, passed away in Rockyview Hospital on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the age of 84 years. Ron was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of Walter Dulhanty and Muriel Starr Dulhanty.
Ron went to Saint Patrick’s High School where he played on the football team. He served as an altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Ron attended St. Mary’s University, graduating with a B.A. in 1954. While at university, he was on the intercollegiate debating team and worked part time as a radio announcer. During his university years he was also a member of the Canadian Officers Training Core, was a crack shot with a rifle and took part in several competitions. Ron worked briefly in Goose Bay, Nfld and in Ottawa, where he met his first wife, Rosalie Eamer. They were married in Chatham, Ontario in 1956. Ron and Rosalie moved to Toronto where Ron worked for TH Edge & Associates, a small management consulting firm. In 1963, he settled in Pickering, Ontario where he raised his family. Ron had a fondness for building bonfires in the Pickering backyard. He was known as the “pyromaniac” of the neighborhood. At one point the Fire Department came out to see what was going on. Shortly after moving to Pickering, Ron started to work for Peat Marwick as an executive placement consultant. Peat Marwick later merged with KPMG.
Ron met Mary Zorko in Toronto several years after Rosalie passed away. They were married in Calgary in 1993, but continued to live in Toronto until Ron retired from KPMG in 1995 at which time they moved to Calgary. Ron enjoyed yard work and took to landscaping the back and front yard. He liked having a nice yard and enjoyed the view while sitting on the back deck. He also did some woodworking and spent considerable time building a work bench.
Ron played golf and was a fan of the CFL. He was an avid supporter of the Toronto Argonauts while living in Toronto. In later years he enjoyed watching CFL and Superbowl games on his big screen TV at home. Also watching movies and listening to classical music
Despite having lived in big cities for most of his adult life, Ron enjoyed the outdoors. He shared many fond memories of his summers at his Aunt Mary’s cottage in Hall’s Harbor, Nova Scotia on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. One of his passions was taking part in the design, construction and landscaping of the Dulhanty family cottage at “Legend’s Point” on Lake Muskoka, just outside of Bracebridge, Ontario.
Ron loved seeing the ocean and had a special love for Nova Scotia. He and Mary went on several driving vacations through Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Quebec and Maine. Trips were planned in advance, reservations made. Ron was organized and efficient in both his business and personal life. Ron was very bright and articulate. He had a great sense of humor and had an extensive vocabulary and knowledge of the English language and often used “colorful words”.
Ron had a fondness for cars; particularly Mercedes Benz and his Accura TL, the faster they went, the better. His last car was a 2010 white Nissan Altima 2 door, a very practical car for a man who was then 79 years old. Ron especially enjoyed driving these cars through the winding mountain roads on the way to his house in Sooke on Vancouver Island.
Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mary, daughter Ann Dulhanty of Oshawa, Ontario, son Steven Dulhanty and wife Catherine of Mississauga, Ontario, and daughter Sheila Stobo and husband Don of Stouffville, Ontario; grandchildren Kevin Dulhanty of Mississauga, Ontario, Christopher Dulhanty of Mississauga, Ontario, Emily Dulhanty of Mississauga, Ontario, Matthew Stobo of Stouffville, Ontario and Sullivan Stobo of Stouffville, Ontario, siblings Marie McNeill and husband Frank of Pickering, Ontario and niece Dawn-Marie Farquharson and her husband Jay of Grand Island, New York and his mother in law Rozi Zorko. Ron was predeceased by his first wife Rosalie Dulhanty (nee Eamer) in July of 1990. He especially enjoyed spending time with his much loved pets, his “lapwarmers” Stewie (Brussels Griffon) and Spencer (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel). His grandson Sullivan remembers Grandpa for the amount of chocolate sauce, maple syrup, butter or salt that he put on his food. Ron had an affinity for chocolate.
A special thank you for their kindness, help and support to friends Caroline Morneau and Bill Lundrigan, and to his Private Caregivers/Companions while at Southwood Intercare, Arianna Nely tico paco and Maria Theresa Carcellar.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation following the Funeral Mass. Ron will be buried at a later date in Pickering, Ontario to be close to his children. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.
In living memory of Ronald Dulhanty, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences