The Canadian printing industry lost one of its long-standing members on July 16 with the passing of Douglas Alexander Dempsey, at the age of 79.
Born and raised in Willowdale, Ontario, Dempsey began working in his family’s general store, Dempsey Brothers, until he found his passion for print. The Dempsey Brothers store today is a historical landmark in the Greater Toronto Area. (View wikimapia of Dempsey Brothers historical building.)
Doug Dempsey spent 55 years as a printer in Canada and was very active within the Printing Industries of America association. Dempsey’s dedication to the industry culminated with his founding of The Delta Printing Group in Scarborough, Ontario.
Delta Printing was purchased in 2003 by Solisco Printers, which is now one of Canada’s largest private printing operations. At the time of the purchase, Delta Printing had annual sales of just over $15 million.
Visitation takes place on Thursday, July 22, 2010 from 7 to 9 pm, as well as on Friday, July 23, from 2 to 4 pm at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles).
A Memorial Service is to be held on Saturday, July 24, at 1:30 pm in the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to the Rotary Foundation (The Rotary Club of Willowdale, c/o Bayview Golf & Country Club, 25 Fairway Heights Drive, Thornhill, ON L3T 3X1).