CityTV anchor Mark Dailey dies at age 57
Longtime anchor and voice of CityTV Mark Dailey has died at the age of 57 of cancer. Dailey joined CityPulse back in 1979 as a producer and assignment editor and worked the crime beat for 10 years, before his booming baritone voice became the trademark of the station.
CityTV co-founder Moses Znaimer recalled the first time he heard Dailey’s distinctive vocals, describing his voice as “a deep, authoritative, knowing sound (with a hint of mischief).” Indeed, Dailey was well-loved for his cheeky satirical voice-over promo spots, as is evidenced in this set of clips compiled in memoriam by Maclean’s. Like many, many Torontonians, Znaimer will always associate Dailey with his unforgettable delivery: “I’ve always believed the sound of the human voice is the one that lingers best in memory. Mark’s will remain in ours for a long, long time.”
Dailey had previously fought and won a six-year battle with prostate cancer, but announced on air in September that he had been diagnosed with kidney cancer. He succumbed to the disease Monday at Sunnybrook hospital.
• Mark Dailey of Citytv dies of cancer [CBC]
• RIP Mark Dailey, Great Voice of Toronto TV [Maclean’s]
15 thoughts on “CityTV anchor Mark Dailey dies at age 57”
Thanks Mark, you gave us years of laughs. The world took a big hit Monday. I’ll always think of Mark Dailey when I think of the Big Smoke.
i watch your show from the caribbean island of tobago i love his voice
I recall his voice being the first voice I heard when I started to watch CITY. remember those LATE NIGHT GREAT MOVIES only on CITY and then his own spin on the movie ? Mark, Thank you… RIP… to his family, my sincere sympathy in your hours of grief.
My sincerest condolences to the Dailey family. I hope you realize how much a part of Toronto, and our lives, Mark was. I “grew up” to his voice on CityTv. His sense of humour was a beautiful thing. I can recall those times sitting on the couch, with the tube on, flicking for something to watch, listening to Mark\s comments and laughing my head off, uno that chuckle, spontaneous and from the gut! Often, you could share that moment the next day, with others who had the same. Mark could make people smile, truly a special gift. Kidney cancer is a tough one. A very dear family friend passed earlier this year from the same. I hope this blog helps, in a small way. Regards, Louise.
I met you at Donny Troniano 1st year memorial of his death.
Mark Dailey was the biggest part of city tv for me .I will always remember his professionalism ,wit and conciseness
always giving his best ! . watching city will never be the same . sincere sympathy Dailey Family
Wow this is a big shock. You were a great TV personality Mark. Rest in peace.
will miss you!
To the family of Mark Dailey…
please take comfort in knowing that
Mark has touched our hearts
and that he will live on in hearts forever.
You can Rest now Mark.
We all got a kick out of Mark’s funny comments especially before a movie. We’ll miss hearing his great deep voice.
Our condolences to his family and many friends. He definately was the voice of Toronto….everywhere.
My condolences go out to Mark’s family, friends and those in the journalistic community who had the privilege of working with and knowing him. I will always associate Mark’s voice with City TV. It was a soothing, familiar voice during late-night movies. Toronto has suffered a great loss. Mark will be missed but never forgotten.
Condolences to Mark Daileys family both at home and city tv he will be greatly missed such a strong man helping others by advising people about cancer while he was in his own struggle he fought till the end Mark rest in peace
My condolences to Mark’s family… we loved him and continue will.
He enter in to our hearts and will never go away.
We know that yo are in peace now Mark.
Till we meet again.
RIP Love you
His voice reminds me of my first years in Canada, back in 2000. I was 12, had just moved to a strange country, and I would sit and listen to his witty remarks during film credits. I wish his family the best.
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