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.
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: