Dalton (Dalt) Davidson, age 83, of Mississauga, formerly of Stratford, Ontario, passed away peacefully on June 9th, 2021 at Trillium Health Partners Reactivation Centre after complications from a serious fall at his home in March 2020 and related dementia.  Dalt was born on January 5, 1938 in Stratford to Marjorie (Gowing) and David Davidson.  He was the eldest of two children and is predeceased by his younger brother, Larry, who died in infancy; and by his treasured wife Donna, also from Stratford, who passed away in 2017.  He will be missed by his sons, Todd (Jennifer) and Craig (Nancy Ladwig), his grandsons A.J. and Matthew, his sister-in-law, Pearl Forbes, and his nieces and nephews, Michelle Ramus, Nancy Menard and John Ferguson along with their spouses and children.

Dalt joined CN Rail in Stratford in 1956. After meeting Donna in 1958 through mutual friends, they were married in 1961 and moved to Toronto as he pursued his career through the management ranks at CN.

Their oldest son, Todd, was born in 1965, in Scarborough and shortly thereafter the family of three moved to Montreal briefly before a return to Ontario and the Port Credit area; and then to Brampton in 1967 where their youngest son, Craig, was born in 1969.

The family relocated to Windsor in 1972, Sarnia in 1976, North Bay in 1978, London in 1979, and finally settled in Mississauga in 1983 when Dalt left CN for an executive position at VIA Rail, from which he retired in 1992.  Dalt loved the railway, enjoyed a wonderful career, had many fond memories of his adventures and his friends and colleagues there, and his many travels and family moves.

After retiring from VIA Rail, he and Donna were regular travellers and visitors to Craig as Craig’s career took him around the globe. Dalt also took up a second career mentoring his grandsons, A.J and Matthew.  He enjoyed a very close relationship with his grandsons, especially when they were young.  He treasured his time with them and he revelled in their accomplishments.  He spent many hours in the car doing pick ups and drop offs at school and the GO train station.  He enjoyed dispensing his wisdom, guidance and quizzes to the boys (while in the car or otherwise) on various topics such as the months in a year, the days in a week and how many minutes in an hour.  He could not be kept away from little league baseball games, karate classes, piano lessons, school plays, award ceremonies, and band concerts, always in the front row cheering section with Donna and quick to speak up and loudly object if he felt that a bad call or other injustice had occurred on the field of play. He also enjoyed treating the boys to what he considered to be the finer things in life – fast food and candy.

Dalt was a handyman, a carpenter, erstwhile roofer, a gardener and took much pride in the weed free condition of his lawn and the appearance of his house.  He was a great organizer, and he enjoyed golf, euchre, cribbage and other social card games.  He was determined, somewhat opinionated, and always enjoyed good conversation.  His family could always count on him for anything, no matter what.  We will remember him forever as our loving father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend.

A private burial will take place at the Stratford Cemetery.  Consideration is being given to a memorial service at a future date.  For those who wish, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Society, in Dalt’s memory through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford.  519.271.7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

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