Delano Upshaw

03-Sep-1952 - 23-Sep-2021

Obituary Overview

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It is with deep love and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Delano Illsley  Alton Upshaw (aka Doey, Del, Papa) … our rock and heart beat. Delano was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, grew up in Montreal and later moved to Toronto, Calgary and then back east to Mississauga.

Delano, son of, much admired, Greta Marlene Johnson (Upshaw) and the late Illsley Upshaw is survived by his lifelong love and soul mate of 53 years, Susan Sheehan, his two loving children, that he was so proud of, Natalie Wiafe (Duane) and Marlon Upshaw and his four wonderful grandchildren who gave him so much joy, Isaiah, Sarena, Skye and Averey. He also leaves behind his much-loved brothers Bradford & Dale and his sisters Gloria (Gregory), Cherri & Darlene Davidson (Lloyd). His Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. He will never forget his numerous Sisters-In-Law and Brothers-In-Law, Nieces, and Nephews who have all warmed his heart.

We also want to mention the countless friends, fellow musicians, and co-workers that Delano came to know with affection from childhood and throughout his life.

Delano found his first love and passion playing both rhythm and lead guitar as well as singing. Learning and playing other instruments came easy to him as he practised, composed and recorded in his home studio.

Throughout his musical career he played with many Classic Rock and Blues bands from east to west … 1985 Recording with Jim Clench (Welcome to Japan), Gibraltar, Great Guitars, the Livin’ Daylights, to name a few, and the Annual outdoor concerts Swamp Jam &/Chicken Stock.

He played many sports growing up, he loved hockey – played in the MHL. He also coached kid’s sports teams, including baseball, soccer, and hockey, while his children grew up playing them.

Delano fought an unbelievable tough fight with such inner strength, bravery, and humour … he remains part of this unbelievably complex Universe, outside and in between, and will be with us forever in our hearts and in the memories & moments we’ve all created with him.

In lieu of flowers, please give to your local food bank and KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING.

At his request, there will not be a funeral service; however, there will be a visitation held at Glen Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm @ 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville, Ontario L6H 7A8 (Intersection of Dundas / 9th Line). Respecting the current situation and pandemic building restrictions, visitation will be for registered guests only. Please use the links below to register.


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Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Duane Wiafe | 12-Oct-2021


I have had Del As a father since I was 16. He has been the most consistent male in my life. He has taught me how to be responsible, loving, hard working and just a Good human being. He accepted me when he had no reason to and he loved me and treated me like as son. I admire how Natalie and Marlon a have such fantastic supportive and most importantly present parents. I’m sad that my kids have not had Del in their lives as long as I have. I just know that the number of people affected can’t be counted and this is a significant loss for our family. I love you Del and I wish I had more than the 21 years we had together. I appreciated all of the encouragement with work, education and just life. You helped me realize that I can have family and that I am loved an appreciated. I’m heartbroken that Averey only got you for 5 yrs. REST IN POWER DAD the family is going to be ok.

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Posted by Casey Warren | 10-Oct-2021


Del, This isn’t a goodbye, it’s a thank you. I will always remember my very first day in IATSE. I was just a girl who worked at Tim Hortons and knew nothing about construction. I am so thankful to have met you when I did, because you treated me like I was family. You taught me so much about the industry and have been a big part in making me into the Craftservice member I am today. You made me laugh everyday and always had a smile that would brighten up anyone’s day. Thank you for all of the memories, I will miss you very much ❤️

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