Inspector Dino Chiarot RCMP (Rtd), 86, of Saanichton, B.C. passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.  Dino is survived by his two sons, Chris (Nancy) and Greg (Joanne); daughter-in-law, Dawna; grandchildren, Ryan, Michael, Anthony, Kyla, Jessalynn and great-grandchildren, Adalyn, Wyatt, and Raphael.  Dino was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Teresa; his brother, Ron and his great-granddaughter, Paisley.

Dino was born in Hamilton, Ontario to Bruno and Natalina Chiarot, and attended Westdale High School.  In 1951, at the age of 19, he joined the RCMP, commencing a career that would last 37 years, and span continents.  He was posted to several detachments in New Brunswick and met his future bride, Teresa Cullinan, in Saint John, where she was the detachment commander’s secretary.  Dino accepted a post to Rome, Italy, where he and Teresa were married in the Choral Chapel at St. Peter’s Basilica in 1958.  They spent 8 years in Rome, Vienna, and Berne.  Other postings included Montreal, Toronto, a return to Rome in 1972, and finally Ottawa, where Dino retired as the Inspector in charge of Interpol.  Dino enjoyed volunteering at the Veteran’s Hospital in Ottawa before he and Teresa moved to Saanichton in 1998 to be closer to their sons and grandchildren.

Dino will always be remembered as a kind and generous man to his family, co-workers and many friends.

Sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their kindness, care and comfort they provided Dino in his last days.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Richard Cullinan
    June 11, 2018

    Sincere condolences from my mother, Rita, and I, to Uncle Dino and Aunt Teresa’s family.

  • Maureen Cullinan
    June 7, 2018

    My condolences to Chris, Greg and their families. I think I am the last Cullinan from the East Coast who visited Dino and Teresa in Victoria. My husband Mike and I had the pleasure of staying with them nine years ago this summer. Uncle Dino was interested in the motorcycle we were riding and talked at length with Mike about the bike. I remember he gave us a map that he got for us from CAA. It was really kind of him. Aunt Teresa shared a number of recipes with me. I’ll never forget her tip about garlic: make sure to grate the garlic instead of putting through a garlic press. That way you avoid clumps in your sauce! Mike and I had only been married for a year so they told us stories about their life together as newlyweds in Europe. Teresa told me she left Saint John to follow “that guy” (pointing to Dino and chuckling) in Europe. She told a story about how Dino’s cousin came to live with them in Rome to help out with the babies. I remember thinking how difficult it must have been for them to have two boys in such a short period of time and live so far away from their families. Teresa said the cousin spent more time exploring Rome than she did helping at home. Dino quickly disagreed with her and defended his cousin saying that she did help them a lot. I thought it was funny that they were having a disagreement over something that happened 50 years ago! I will always remember our time with Dino and Teresa in Victoria. Take care, Maureen Cullinan and Mike LeBlanc

  • Georgie (Fraser) Day
    June 4, 2018

    To the Family of Dino Chiarot,
    My dad (John Roy Fraser, now deceased) was the Staff Sargeant at the detachment in Saint John when Dino was stationed there. Our house was right behind the detachment and my parents would often invite young officers to dinner, Dino being one. I was about 10 or 11 at the time and I fell madly in love with Dino. I vividly recall when he was moving to another posting, my parents had him to dinner and when it was time for him to say goodbye I stood up on a chair to give him a kiss and asked him to wait for me. My heart was broken. He was very gracious – but promised nothing. Life went on. I have been happily married for 46 years now and in reading Dino’s obituary I see that he had also enjoyed a fulfilling and happy life. I thought I would share that happy memory of so long ago and my condolences go out to you for your loss.
    Georgie Day

    PS – When I asked my (2 years) older sister if she remembered Dino Chiarot she told me she certainly did. She was in love with him too!

  • John and Estella Cullinan
    June 3, 2018

    Dear Chris and Greg, we extend our condolences to you and your families on the passing of your father. We have fond memories of your father, and your mother. Love, John and Estella Cullinan

  • Al Rivard
    June 3, 2018

    My condolences to the Chiarot family. Dino was the Officer in Charge of Interpol when I served in that Branch in the late 70’s. He a very supportive boss who always had your back. It was an honour to serve with him.

  • Anne (Johnson) Hitle
    June 2, 2018

    Chris, Greg and families,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I have such fond memories of Uncle Dino anytime we were able to visit. He and Dad could spend hours together telling stories. He and your Mom were so sweet to have me visit them in Ottawa many years ago. We are thinking of you all at this sad time.

  • Keith Henders & Audrey Wall
    June 2, 2018

    A great guy. He’ll be missed at Water’s Edge Village.

  • Lloyd Hickman
    June 2, 2018

    Condolences to your family, I have fond memories of working with Dino on the 1984 Queen’s visit. He was always a true professional and a pleasure to work with.

  • Bertram Cowan
    June 2, 2018

    My deepest condolences to the family. I have known Dino since our days together in Montreal. Always a gentleman and an interesting conversationalist. We told great “war stories “ to each other.

  • Janice Karl Roser
    June 2, 2018

    My sincere condolences, Chris, Greg and families, on the loss of your father. My mother, Norma Chiarot Karl, was your dad’s proud cousin. You may remember her visiting in Rome with your Aunt Nancy in the 70’s. That trip was one of the highlights of her life. I think our grandfathers’ (they were brothers, my Nonno Giovanni) families visited often when their children were young, and the cousins grew up to be quite close. I don’t remember your grandfather Bruno, but do fondly recall your grandmother Natalina (Mom called her Nyanya (sp!)). She was a lovely lady. And of course your Dad and Mom, another lovely lady. I see Nancy now and again and we catch up on all the family happenings. Take care.

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