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 ( Online memories and condolences may be shared at

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26 Condolences
  • Marilyn Redmond
    Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Reply

    Our condolences to all the family. Dalton will be fondly remembered for his intelligence, his vibrant personality, his ready smile and many admirable qualities, especially his love for Giovanna and his family. Rest in peace, cousin.

  • Frank & Pina Attardo
    Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Reply

    Dearest Giovanna and more familiar Vanna,
    It has been out great joy to have known Dalton. It was a pleasure to have had any conversation with him. When parted, you would want to come back for more. To say that Dalton was truly a renaissance man would be an understatement.
    To his dear Giovanna, Pina and I sent deepest and most heart felt condolences.
    Alway with our love, Pina and Frank Attardo

  • Charlie & Angela Bancheri
    Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Reply

    Our deepest condolences Vanna and family. What a full life Dalton lived….he will be remembered fondly and with so much admiration. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

  • Frank & Pina Attardo
    Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Reply

    Dearest Giovanna, and more familiar Vanna,
    Both Pina and I send out sincerest and most heart felt condolences on the passing of Dalton, It was indeed our pleasure and joy to have known him, Whenever we had the opportunity to be together and have the most interesting conversations, when we would leave, we always felt that we had learnt some interesting fact of life.
    To say that Dalton was a renaissance man would be an understatement.
    Vanna, Pina and I send our love

  • peter homenuck
    Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Reply

    Dalton and I met at York in 1970 and became great friends. He spent time with my family – Betty and the 4 kids- and often sang for them and with them. Even now – 50 years later – the mention of Dalton’s name and the kids break out into song.
    I taught with Dalton and for a number of years we did some projects and courses together. He was a great teacher — probably the best at York in those years – and encouraged many students.
    His reaearch and books will stand the te4st of time.
    But most important to us — Dalton was a great and loyal friend and he will be missed by many. Our condolences to Givonna and family at this difficult time. Peter and Betty Homenuck

  • Sandro, Cathy, Domenico & Ava
    Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Reply

    Dearest Giovanna, Vanessa, Monica, Marco, Gabriel, and Adrian. Sending our heartfelt sympathy to you all during these difficult times. Dalton will always be remembered as a very kind and loving man. It was wonderful sharing many special occasions with him and Giovanna. He will never be forgotten and always be remembered.
    With love, Sandro, Cathy, Domenico and Ava XO

  • Josette & Nick Giacalone
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Reply

    Our deepest condolences Giovanna and family. By all accounts Dalton was a very interesting individual and someone who was a pleasure to know. I am so sorry for your great loss. Wishing you strength during this difficult and sad time.
    Josette & Nick Giacalone (Attardo)

  • Jim Hammond
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Reply

    My deepest condolences Giovanna and family. I did not spend alot of time with Dalton but I always looked forward to speaking with him. It was a pleasure knowing him. Wishing you strength during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
    Jim Hammond

  • Dagmara Woronko
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Reply

    Heartfelt condolences and an outpouring of love being sent your way, Giovanna and family. It was a privilege and a gift to work with Dalton at York U for so many years, to learn from him and to have him as a mentor. He has made me a better communicator, teacher and human being, and for that I am eternally grateful. I will carry the sound of his voice in my heart always. Until we meet again, Charlie. Love, A2.

  • Ros Woodhouse
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Reply

    Dalton was an inspiring teacher and colleague, who generously shared his expertise with many York faculty through his contributions to the Centre for the Support of Teaching. He will be sadly missed. With my deepest condolences to his family and many friends.

    Ros Woodhouse

  • Ganaele Langlois
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Reply

    My condolences. Professor Kehoe was a formidable teacher in the department of Communication and Media Studies, and inspired many students. His left a profound legacy for all his colleagues.

  • Jo-Anne MacLellan
    Posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2023 Reply

    Professionally, Dalton was an expert lecturer. The students often commented his course was the best ever, and importantly they considered his courses ‘actually useful university credits’ applicable in the real world of communication in everyday life and organizations. After 23 years of being my mentor, colleague and friend his influence on my life was profound.
    Beyond his esteemed academic credentials Dalton was a very down to earth kind of guy, supportive, easy to talk to, interesting and funny.
    DK (Charlie) you will be deeply missed but never forgotten in our ‘conscious, sub-conscious and adapted unconscious minds’…you are unforgettable. Giovanna and family, we will cherish his memory and the happiness you provided in his life. Sincerely, Angel 1

    Posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2023 Reply

    my deepest condolences to you GIOVANNA and family, rosa

  • Stan Liu
    Posted on: Friday, July 14, 2023 Reply

    I can’t find the words to express how deeply saddened I am to hear about the loss of our dear friend. My heart aches for you and your family during this incredibly difficult time.

    I have been fortunate to know Dalton for such a long time, and I am grateful for every moment we shared together. He was an extraordinary individual, filled with kindness, compassion, and an infectious zest for life. I will always cherish our memories together.

    Losing someone so dear is never easy, and I want you to know that you are not alone in your grief. I am here for you, day or night, to listen, support, and lend a helping hand in any way I can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

    As we navigate through this painful journey, may the love and support of our friends and family provide some solace. Let’s lean on each other, sharing stories, tears, and laughter as we honor the beautiful life of Dalton. Together, we will find strength and healing in the memories and the everlasting impact he had on our lives.

    Please accept my deepest condolences and know that I am here for you, now and in the days to come. May our beloved Dalton rest in eternal peace.

    With heartfelt sympathy,

    Stan Liu

  • Carole Edwards
    Posted on: Friday, July 14, 2023 Reply

    Ive known Dalton for years.An intelligent soul with a fiery spirit for life.He always had something fascinating to say, a strong opinion of value, and a jovial sense of humour.I valued his trust in me as his real estate advisor on several occasions and as his friend.His loyalty unwavered…I shall miss his contagious personality!

  • Arlene Mahood
    Posted on: Saturday, July 15, 2023 Reply

    Dearest Giovanna — although I didn’t know Dalton well, I thanked the universe daily that you two shared such a deep love. As we both navigate the sorrow that comes, I trust you feel the part of him nestled in your heart. Know that I’m here when you’re ready. I love you! 💖

  • Nick & Mary-Jo Corriero
    Posted on: Sunday, July 16, 2023 Reply

    Dear Vanna & family
    We recently heard of your loss. We send you our deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family.
    We are saddened to hear the news and the painful journey everyone has experienced over the past two years.
    We wish you strength and peace during this sad time. May Dalton Rest in Eternal Peace.

  • Frank Clarke
    Posted on: Monday, July 17, 2023 Reply

    Although I did not know Professor Kehoe personally, he was one of the instructors who trained new managers such as myself back in 2011 when we went through our manager onboarding sessions at York University. His presentations, based in part on his book “Mindful Management” were always informative, valuable for their practical tips, and always highly engaging. He was one of the most dynamic public speakers I have ever heard. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Dragan Spasojevic
    Posted on: Tuesday, July 18, 2023 Reply

    My sincere condolences to the family on the passing of Dalton. I’ve known Dalton for many years at the university. He was a wonderful and learned human being. I learned a lot from you Dalton, thank you for your mentoring sessions. May you rest in peace and spend time in your happy place.

  • David Le Gallais
    Posted on: Saturday, July 22, 2023 Reply

    My sincere condolences to Joanne on Dalton’s passing. I had the pleasure to speak to Dalton on a few occasions about educational matters centred around educational publishing. I was always struck by Dalton’s intellect, listening skills and the ability to relate to others. Thinking of you Joanne at this difficult time.

  • Jim Streb
    Posted on: Sunday, July 23, 2023 Reply

    Dalton’s skill as a teacher and his concern for students were perhaps his greatest assets. His smile and quick wit will be missed.

  • Marcy McDonald
    Posted on: Monday, July 24, 2023 Reply

    I worked with Dalton at The Great Courses, and later when he wanted to convert one of his books into an online course. He was wonderful to work with–a brilliant man as well as a gentleman. His book on Mindful Management contained the clearest explanation about how the brain works that I’ve ever read. It was so clear, in fact, that it actually changed my life. I am profoundly grateful to him for that and for the opportunity to work with him. He will be missed.

  • Nick Torkos
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Reply

    To my mentor Professor Kehoe: I had the privilege to attend your lectures in the 90s. You inspired many in your classes and enabled your students to strive for greater thought. You taught the tools that would allow people to help impact others around them. Professor Kehoe was the best Professor I ever had! He changed my trajectory in my career and inspried many others. Rest in peace Sir knowing you made a difference. Love and support to his family.

  • Tabish Bhimani
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Reply

    At a loss for words. Rest in Peace, sir.

  • Stephen Beaumont
    Posted on: Tuesday, August 15, 2023 Reply

    My condolences to Giovanna and all of Dalton’s family. Just learning about his passing today, I am saddened by the loss of a wonderful man and a consummate, caring, ever-encouraging teacher. Like many who were lucky enough to study under his tutelage, my life course was altered by his influence and instruction, and I very much doubt I would be where I am today but for Dalton Kehoe.

  • Joseph Berment-McDowald
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 5, 2023 Reply

    Professor Kehoe was my favourite at York University. I remember him as witty knowledgeable and inspirational.

    Rest well my friend! See you on the other side.

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