Dean was hired as an experienced officer from Metro Toronto Police Service. Dean served at Huronia West, Dufferin, Central Region Crime Unit, Nottawasaga, Norfolk County, and Brant County Detachments before retiring as Sergeant from Burlington Detachment on July 31, 2020. Dean is survived by his wife Zelia, children, Kenneth, Briar, Katelyn, Jakob, Markus and Matthew, his second mother, retired OPP Chief Superintendent, Nora Skelding (Corporate Services Command) and predeceased by his father, retired OPP Staff Sergeant Gary Skelding (Human Resources Branch).