Tom Delaney, a pioneer in the Canadian retirement planning business, has died.

According to an obituary announcing his passing, Delaney, 79, died on Saturday, April 18, after a “long journey with Alzheimer’s”.

He leaves behind his daughter, his sister, and four grandchildren, along with his wife and her three children. Delaney’s son, Paul, who also worked in the financial industry, died in May of last year.

Delaney ran his own firm, Tom Delaney Financial Inc., until 2002, when it was sold to create Monarch Delaney Financial Inc. He championed the interests of financial industry consumers at the Consumer Association of Canada, and wrote the annual Delaney Report on RRSPs.

His obituary indicates that his family will hold a private memorial service in his honour.