It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Marty Lacey at her home in Slabtown with her family by her side on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the age of 87.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Byron Lacey on March 6, 2021.
Marty was blessed with a beautiful daughter Linda, who was her pride and joy and who remained a shining light of love throughout Marty’s entire life. She was the much-loved Godmother of Jana Kridlova (late John) and special Grandmother to Emily and Alex.
Born in Toronto on April 26th, 1935, Marty was a daughter of the late Rosa (nee Totilo) and Frank Dattilo. She had a loving close relationship with her big Italian family which included six brothers Domenic, John, Joe, Norman, Edward and Bill and her sister Lee, sister-in-law Jinny, and will be remembered fondly by her many nieces, nephews and their families.
Marty’s nephew Dave was able to relocate and work from the area and tend to his aunt’s health needs. Dave provided her with care and companionship, it was clear that he loved her with all of his heart and would do anything to honour her wishes to remain at her cherished home in Slabtown.
Marty was a successful career woman who for many years worked as an assistant manager at Loblaws in downtown Toronto, which was a very impressive achievement for a woman in the 1960’s. In the 1970’s, Marty and her husband Byron and daughter Linda relocated from Toronto to Bolton Ontario to live in their beautiful “house on the hill”. This home quickly became the heart of the Dattilo/Lacey family gatherings where years of joyful and memorable occasions took place, from birthdays and anniversaries and baby showers, to the simple pleasures of snowmobiling, tobogganing, swimming, playing cards and “Wahoo” and gathering together around the beautiful stone fireplace.
She successfully ran the Albion Bolton Community Center for almost 30 years and during this time Marty became the first woman in Ontario to be licensed to manage an arena and remained a well-respected and central figure in the community. In approximately 1999 Marty retired from the Bolton Community Center and she and Byron relocated once again to their home in Slabtown, Ontario where they instantly fell in love with the landscape and the community. It was here that Marty began the next exciting chapter of her life. Marty was so appreciative at how quickly she was welcomed into the warm, friendly and inclusive community of Beaver Valley. For many years, Marty devoted tireless hours of volunteer service to the Marsh Street Center and to the Beaver Valley Outreach and the local Rotary Group. In addition to her volunteer work, Marty always enjoyed the social activities in the community, including her art classes with friend and teacher Michelle Fleming and her life-long friendship with her dear friend Sandra Mulvihill.
She gave selflessly to the amazing people and community that has cared for her in so many ways over the years.
A celebration of both Marty and Byron’s life will take place at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 12 until 3 p.m., with tributes being shared at 1 o’clock.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Beaver Valley Outreach (Cheques Only Please) would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca