Peterborough Petes Mourn the Loss of Gary Dalliday
The Peterborough Petes family is deeply saddened by the loss of alumnus Gary Dalliday who passed away Friday at the age of 76 after a brave battle with cancer.
Gary, who was affectionately known as ‘The Diller’, played for the Petes in the 1960-61 season. In 1976, he began a 30+ year career delivering sportscasts on CHEX-TV, retiring in 2009. He always focused on local sports, and had been a champion of the Peterborough and area sport scene for decades. Gary is a member of the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame and Peterborough Pathway of Fame.
In addition to his role at CHEX, Gary served as the radio voice of the Petes alongside his son, Pete, for 15 years. He continued his support of the organization as host of the media-scout room, which was dedicated to Gary earlier this year. The Petes presented Gary with the Vince and Lottie Garvey Award, which recognizes significant off-ice contribution, in 2014.
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) March 24, 2018
Among his many charitable efforts in the Peterborough area, Gary served as an honourary co-chair of the 9th annual Petes Pink in the Rink event in February 2018, helping raise close to $90,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“Gary was a treasured member of our family whose legacy as an alumnus, a broadcaster, and, most importantly, an incredible man, will live on eternally,” commented Petes General Manager Mike Oke. “Our thoughts are with Gary’s wife Donna, their children Pete, Tim, and Krista, and their family and friends.”
Members of the sport and Peterborough communities react to Gary’s passing:
Obituary: Broadcaster Gary Dalliday was a Peterborough sports legend https://t.co/a0HpzP1jjd
— PeterboroughExaminer (@PtboExaminer) August 10, 2018
RIP Diller, you were the best! You will be missed, my thoughts are with the family. You were one of the reasons why Pete’s hockey was so fun. https://t.co/rdTpVjlf0v
— Zach Bogosian (@BogosianZach) August 10, 2018
One of my first great moments in #PTBO was covering a @PetesOHLhockey game in 2013 and getting a pat on the back and a “you’re doing a good job kid” from Gary Dalliday. Always supportive and one of my favourite people to deal with! The community just lost a treasure #RIPDiller
— Jordan Mercier (@JMerc905) August 10, 2018
— Joey Battaino 🎙 (@joeybattaino) August 10, 2018
Spent a lot of time as a kid watching Gary Dalliday on CHEX and he was a big league broadcaster. Was honored to get to call him a friend later in life. Peterborough is a great place. Just not as great today with the passing of Gary.
— gary lawless (@garylawless) August 10, 2018
A great broadcaster and community leader. Gary Dalliday you will be forever remembered for a most wonderful legacy. My thoughts go out to Pete and Tim and family at this time. One of a kind your dad was. pic.twitter.com/5UjImoekB7
— Terry Guiel (@Terry_Guiel) August 10, 2018
Very sad day! Peterborough has lost a “Great One” today! Sincere Condolences to Donna, Tim, Krista, Pete & Family on Gary’s passing this morning. @PetesOHLhockey @OHLHockey @timdalliday @petedalliday #RIPDiller #truegentleman pic.twitter.com/MqH00ZzbCz
— Ken Jackman (@deputy91) August 10, 2018
Peterborough sports legend, and overall great guy Gary Dalliday passed this morning. Rest in peace uncle Scary
— Casey Guerin (@guerinteed) August 10, 2018
Local sports and Gary Dalliday go hand in hand. He did so much for the community. May you find peace Diller.
— Meaghan Roy (@MeaghanDRoy) August 10, 2018
Saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Dalliday. The Peterborough sports community and CHEX TV family have lost a great guy. Condolences to his family and large circle of friends. RIP Diller.
— Greg Davis (@GregDavis_) August 10, 2018
A big “tip of the ol’ sports cap” to you Diller! pic.twitter.com/5Eks2jd9kS
— Terry Doyle (@Terry_Doyle) August 10, 2018
The word legend gets thrown around a lot and is often overused, but Gary Dalliday was a true Ptbo legend.
There’s not many ppl who don’t have a memory about the Diller.
Always enjoyed talkin sports with him b4 Petes & Lakers games.
Thoughts are with my friend Pete & his family pic.twitter.com/wnulnudml1
— Scott Arnold (@ScottArnold12) August 10, 2018
Sad to hear the passing of Gary Dalliday. He was a huge part of sports in the Peterborough area. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dalliday family https://t.co/vAUoYU6H3S
— Lindsay Jr. A Muskies (@LindsayMuskies) August 10, 2018
(1/2) The Peterborough sports scene lost a legend today. Gary Dalliday, long time sports anchor, long time colour commentator for the Peterborough Petes. Grew up listening to the father son team on 980 Kruz when I was a young boy. Hearing the Diller on the radio meant the Petes
— Derek Rayfuse (@DerekRayfuse) August 10, 2018
(2/2) Season was officially under way. Gary and Pete made me long for the hockey season. As a young boy the sounds of Gary and Pete Dalliday were the backdrop of my greatest childhood memories Peterborough and the sporting world will miss you immeasurably, Gary #ripdiller
— Derek Rayfuse (@DerekRayfuse) August 10, 2018
Gone, but not forgotten, Gary Dalliday. A wonderful broadcaster and even better friend. Took me under his wing when I moved to Peterborough. He will be missed. RIP my friend.
— Mike Brophy (@HockeyBroph) August 10, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the Dalliday family on the passing of a Peterborough legend, a great husband, father and friend, Gary Dalliday. I loved this man! He was a neighbour in the past and a friend for many, many years! Thinking of you today,… https://t.co/sbnI4ggMCp
— David Fisher (@Friends4Fish) August 10, 2018
CHEX-TV, the sports community and Peterborough has lost a legend, friend and all around great man. I’ll miss seeing you around the rink, Gary. My thoughts are with the Dalliday family at this time. R.I.P. Gary Dalliday.
— Mark Giunta (@GiuntaNews) August 10, 2018
RIP Gary Dalliday – i can remember having my parents put the radio on in my room for me to listen to the Petes games before going to sleep.. a tradition i followed for a long time! He painted pictures with his voice.. one of the best there was!
— Kyle Lawler (@lawler_77) August 10, 2018
Gary Dalliday’s voice will be forever etched in my memory. As a young kid growing up in Peterborough he was a cornerstone in the community. My heart goes out to @petedalliday and his family.
— Pat Trudeau (@PatTrudeau) August 10, 2018
Our deepest sympathy. 💕 Our deepest of sympathies to Family Dalliday during this time. Thank-you Gary for all you have done and the legacy you leave behind. You will be missed. @PetesOHLhockey @petedalliday @timdalliday @CCSPtbo pic.twitter.com/y0sreN4JBD
— PetesFightCancer (@PetesFightCanc) August 10, 2018
— Matt D’Agostini (@mdags91) August 10, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dalliday family today with the passing of Gary Dalliday, a true Legend in Sports, you will be missed by all Diller! #RIPDiller
— James Gang Lacrosse (@jamesganglax) August 10, 2018
Today Peterborough has lost a very amazing person RIP Gary, my sympathies to the Dalliday family. I had the great honour getting to know this man while I was a game night volunteer with the Peterborough Petes . 😢 pic.twitter.com/zSwV80ojIT
— Allie Miceli (@AlexandriaMicel) August 10, 2018
The Diller! You will be missed @garydalliday but never forgotten! Always enjoyed the chats we had around the rink. Thoughts go out to the Dalliday family
— Robert Francz (@FranczyTheEdge) August 10, 2018
Sad day in Peterborough with news of the passing of Gary Dalliday. He was a fixture on air for decades covering all sports but he’ll always be the voice of the Petes for me. I’ll miss him. Thoughts are with Peter and the rest of the family.
— Rob Snoek (@RobSnoekLIVE) August 10, 2018
Gary Dalliday was the epitome of what a local news sportscaster should be. He’d spend longer talking about a local highschool team making it to provincials than about the Stanley Cup playoffs. Great promoter of this town and he will be missed
— Vince O’Toole (@votoole1) August 10, 2018