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TORONTO — Ed Day was a much-loved and respected travel industry veteran whose sudden passing is generating an outpouring of memories and condolences.
His death over the weekend “has come as a massive shock”, says Hayden Yates, Travel Industry Sales & Marketing Director for Disney Destinations.
Yates worked with Day for several years, ever since Day joined Disney as DSM, Ontario for The Walt Disney Company (Canada) in 2016.
Before coming onboard with Disney, Day was Sales Manager, Canada for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, from 2011 to 2016. Other stints in the industry include Park N Fly Canada as Senior Sales Rep, from 2007 to 2011. Day was also Sales Manager for Jade Tours from 2003 to 2006.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Ed’s family. He has a young son,” said Yates. Day was 49 years old.
Industry friends are sharing their memories of Day on Facebook, he added. “It just goes to show how big a personality he had in the industry,” says Yates. “He was so kind, gentle and thoughtful.”
Funeral services are taking place Thursday, June 27. Friends and family may visit McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax (905-428-8488) from 12–3 p.m. Funeral service will follow in the chapel at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to a GoFundMe campaign (http://gf.me/u/tqgssm), which will be used solely for Braydon’s future education and for sports.
Alternatively, donations can also be made to the following account via direct transfer: 06702-003-5396379. Online condolences may be placed at www.mceachniefuneral.ca.