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Dr. Anthony Daicar
November 12, 1932 - April 15, 2016
Died peacefully on Friday, April 15, 2016 in his 84th year, with family at his side. Beloved husband of Maggie for 51 years. Dear father of Tony (Angela) and Michael (Stacy). Dearly loved Grandpa of Alex, Abby, Chloe and Jack. Cherished brother of Draha (Bill) Lafferty and brother-in-law of Michael (Sharon) Gill. Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives in Nassau Bahamas, Vancouver, Delaware, Ottawa, Toronto, Peterborough and the Czech Republic. Born in Zlin, Czech Republic, Tony and his parents escaped from Europe in 1939 along with a large contingent of Bata Shoe Company employees to set up a new factory in Batawa. He attended medical school at Queens University and was a member of the class of Meds '57. After his time at Queens and following training in Toronto, Albany, New York, and Kingston, Tony spent two years in the U.K. working in Oxford, and then in Bradford where he met Maggie, the love of his life. Tony had a long and distinguished career as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Queens. He was an avid sailor and he loved to play tennis. He was also an accomplished sculptor working over the years primarily in bronze and stone both in Canada and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Tony and Maggie spent their last five winters in Florida at the Maple Leaf G&CC in Port Charlotte where Tony had many friends and where he played competitive tennis in the Peace River Senior Men's League. Tributes to Tony's wonderful personality, kindness and gentleness have been pouring in to the family, but the one we like the best is from a friend of our two sons who knew Tony well, and who wrote, "Such a lust for life and larger than life. Of all my parents' friends, I liked Tony the best for his stories told so well and with that glint in his eye." Special thanks go to Tony's oldest and best friend and medical partner, Dr. Steven George and his wife Ruth for their ongoing support. The family is grateful to the staff of Kidd 9 for their skillful and loving care during Tony's final days and to Dr. Ross McIlquham for his care over the years. Tony loved his home on the St. Lawrence and never tired of the many moods of the river. In lieu of flowers, and because his home and family meant so much to Tony, the family would appreciate donations to Kingston Home Base Housing, whose motto is, "Everyone Deserves a Place Called Home." Friends will be received at Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street on Thursday 21st April from 3 - 5 pm and 7 - 9 pm.