It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Dalton Kehoe. Dalton took his final breath on July 8, 2023, after a brave two-year battle with ALS.
Dalton was born to parents Dalton and Isobel Kehoe at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on February 22, 1943.
He is survived by his beloved, Giovanna Di Ciaula, his stepdaughters Vanessa Capogreco (nee Venditto), and Monica Venditto, son-in-law Marco Capogreco, grandsons Gabriel and Adrian Capogreco, sister Margaret Waggoner, and many nieces and nephews. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
Professor Kehoe was a professor emeritus and senior scholar of communications at York University in Toronto, where he earned his doctorate in social psychology. He was a teacher and organizational change practitioner for more than five decades, specializing in both interpersonal and organizational communications. In addition to being honored for his teaching with the York University Teaching Award, he was named one of the province's top 30 professors by Ontario's public educational network. He was a senior partner in a consulting firm that specialized in teaching organizations how to reengage their employees and a public speaker who ran seminars for organizations throughout North America. He was also a highly rated seminar leader for the Schulich ExecEd and received national recognition for his research on the effects of learning technology on teaching in both the US and Canada.
He published several textbooks and a breakthrough leadership book titled "Mindful Management," and was invited to write and produce a DVD series titled Effective Communication Skills for the largest producer of adult education in the US, under their Great Courses program. It was a top release in 2011, receiving positive mentions in The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
In addition to his academic life, he loved to sing, perform, and make music. In the late 70s, as soon as he got his tenure, he took a sabbatical for a year and went on the road with his band, Jewel, all over southern Ontario, playing current pop tunes and disco. In the mid-80s, he started Jewel Records, which produced two hits: "Maybe This Time," which went to number 4 on the Adult Contemporary Charts and the follow-up, "Over and Over," which went to number 7. In the early '90s, he started a 12-piece R&B band called Dr. D. and the Midnight.
Dalton loved his big Italian family, his friends, good food, great wine and his favourite glass of single malt scotch on the rocks. He also loved to travel around the world, mostly to his “happy place” in Ischia, Italy.
A drop-in visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at Peaceful Transition, located at 2-15236 Yonge St., in Aurora, (905-841-1900) from 2-4 and 6-7:30pm. Some street parking is available with a community parking lot off Temperance St., close to Wellington St. W.
If desired, donations in memory of Dalton may be made to ALS Society (als.ca). Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.peacefultransition.ca
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