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Anne Dalton

Anne Dalton

Born Jan 23, 1954, Hastings England died March 1, 2022 in Sidney BC. of pancreatic cancer with her loving husband of 46 years, Phil Sybal by her side. She leaves her brother Keith Dalton (Linda Burrows) Abbotsford, nephew Aron Dalton (Kim Dalton), niece Zoe Dalton (Hamilcar Pereira), Theana Dalton and numerous great nieces and nephews who reside in Duncan and Salt Spring Island, BC.
Before retiring to Sidney, BC, in 2015, Anne grew up primarily in Toronto Ontario since the age of four after her family emigrated to Canada in 1956. She graduated from Atkinson College, York University in their Visual Arts Program and Central Technical High School Art Program. Her love of the Arts was highly influenced by her father, Robert Dalton who was an animator. She went on to teach studio art classes at George Brown College, Graphic Arts program for a number years while pursuing her own art career as a landscape painter for 25 years exhibiting in various Toronto Art Galleries. Her works are included in many private and public collections throughout North America.
Anne loved urban life and relished perusing art museums, art galleries and live performances on a regular basis. Her taste in music was eclectic which included, soft jazz, classical and more recently the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi whom she discovered in Vancouver during one of his live performances. Anne played competitive tennis for twenty-five years at Kew Gardens Tennis club and Mayfair in Toronto. She enjoyed a good glass of Pinot Noir once in a while dining with friends and family. Cooking healthy food and keeping fit was always a priority as was her two furry felines.
Phil and Anne were so grateful to have travelled throughout North America (especially the eastern sea board) on sketching trips in the summer months and escaping Toronto winters to Southern US, St. Martin, Barbados, Mexico and Maui. Other excursions were planned to France and Italy but then life events happened to prevent these trips from materializing.
Anne hoped to leave the world a better place. She was a staunch feminist thanks to her mother, Mary Dalton who was always independent and worked her way up her career ladder. Anne firmly believed in home ownership and she was a hard worker and believer in the survival of the middle class and business with a conscience. She felt that we have to take care of our natural environment if human kind is to survive. She lives with hope in her heart and is grateful for the good life she has led.

Charitable Donations of your choice appreciated:
Cancer Research, SPCA, Victoria Humane Society or to the Buddhist Temple in Richmond BC .

6 Condolences - Leave a comment
  • Bill Suddick -

    Phil, I googled you in an attempt to contact you and Anne and was terribly shocked and saddened to discover that she had passed away. She was a beautiful person. We are so sorry. Our condolences to you, her family and all who had the privilege of knowing her.

  • Sandy and Blair Forsyth -

    We met Anne (and Phil) almost 40 years ago at a garden party and became fast friends immediately. Anne was a talented painter and an ardent feminist. She loved the Beach area of Toronto, the small shops especially as she felt the importance of supporting the small business person. Anne was an avid lover of cats especially her two kitties whom she smothered with love.
    We had many good dinner parties hosted by Anne(and Phil). Anne was always a spirited, generous and interesting host.
    We are going to miss Anne greatly and send our deepest condolences to Phil.
    Love Sandy and Blair

  • Paula Fisher (Weber) -

    Dearest Phil,

    The news of Anne’s tragic passing just reached me through Flora and Linda.

    I wanted to say how sorry I was to get the news and that I hope you’re getting lots of support through this tough time.

    Just know that we are all thinking of you. My heart is breaking. She went too early. I still hold so many good memories of our time at Tech and the years following graduation. Your marriage at Dalton Road, dinner with Morph
    in your first flat. Visits to see you guys on Spadina….

    I’m fine, still married and living in Toronto. I’ve been travelling since I retired mostly to the UK. Covid hasn’t slowed me down.

    All the very best


  • Katherine Searway and Phil Smith -

    We developed a friendship with Anne (and Phil) over the past 25 years and shared so many wonderful meals and conversations together as well new year’s eve celebrations. Anne was such an interesting and talented person and we saw that every time we went to their home with her beautiful artwork and lovely gardens that she tended to. She was passionate in discussing our interests as well as our mutual interests and we will miss those times so much.

    We will always remember Anne for one of her memorable quotes that makes us still smile such as “salute” as we cheered our glasses for a toast.

    Phil, you are in our thoughts and we will miss your lovely Anne and our good friend.

    Love Katherine and Phil

  • Karyn Lippincott Otter -

    I came late into Anne’s life, meeting her through Brian Otter in 1992. She was sunny, occasionally sharp-tongued at injustice, and the consummate hostess. When we camped at Lake McCrea I remember her sketch book out as pictured above. She enriched my world—including a beautiful watercolour that I treasure.. I hope she is wrapped forevermore in the serenity that she felt during every visit to the temple of the International Buddhist Society.

  • Kim Dalton -

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute. I learned more about her from reading it. She was a very talented, smart and funny lady. She always reminded me so much of Mary, as they were both such beautiful and powerful women.
    I remember Anne showing me her art studio when Aron and I first started going out. I was so impressed with her work, (and yours too Phil). I will always remember her.
    I hope she is at peace, and visiting with all her loved ones that went before her. I picture a beautiful Dalton reunion in heaven.
    We’ll miss her. She’s gone too soon.
    With all our love, Kim, Aron Kya and Bailey

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