Monday, December 6, 2010

Mark Dailey

It was a very sad day today, as City TV officially announced the passing of its iconic voice, Mark Dailey.
Mark had successfully battled prostate cancer, and shared his experience on television. He had a family history, and was very public about the efforts to help other men realize that options are out there to detect the cancer before it was too late.
As a result, he combined with the Nascar Canadian Tire Series drivers, starting with the 39 Dickies car of Dave Whitlock, to promote Prostate Cancer Canada. I saw Dave at Cayuga Speedway, at the start of one of the events.

Dave retired from racing at the end of the year, and I created a die cast model of his last season car. Knowing that Mark Dailey was a fan of racing, I did a second version and sent it to Mark.
With Dave's retirement, Dickies brought its sponsorship to the 02 car of Kerry Micks. Mark was invited to the announcement of this event at the Canadian Motorsport Expo, as the 02 car was also carrying the Prostate Cancer Canada awarness decal.
This was my first opportunity to meet and talk with Mark. Unfortunately, it was right after the massive fireings at CityTV. Just to show the type of man Mark was, he expressed that those fired were great friends of his, and it sickened him to feel the pain of those let go.
On the other hand, he really wanted to thank me for the die cast model, and that he placed it on his racing shelf. I was appreciative of his thanks, and told him that he was a big part of my watching CityTV. We even talked about Larysa Harapyn, and that she was still a good friend of his.
Overall, it was a great pleasure to have met him during this event.

I kept in email contact with Mark, sending him photo's from the various NCAT races, showcasing Kerry Micks and the PCC decal.
This past year, as part of the Honda Indy Toronto, the NCATS teams were in Yonge Dundas Square doing an autograph sesion. Seeing a CityTV camera man (and giving him some info on the NCATS drivers!), I told him to see if Mark was in, as he was a fan of racing.

Within a few minutes, Mark was out, meeting with the drivers. Again, even after only that one meeting, he remembered me from our previous meeting, and again thanked me for having him called out to see the NCATS drivers. The drivers were pleased to meet with Mark, and I even got him to pose for a picture with the drivers.

I want to say that my thoughts are with Marks family, both those of his real family, and those he touched at his "TV" family. He will be missed by a great many people, which I think in the end, shows the kind of person he was. As Gord Martineau and Kathryn Humphreys said on the newscast, there was not one person who had a bad word to say about Mark.

Mark Dailey, born August 1, 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio, passed away from lung cancer on December 6, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Kim, and his daughter Nicole.

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