Born January 7, 1940, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, to Bessie May Moore (née Hoople) and John Albert Moore, Dale joined them and his brother Ken (all predeceased) on August 8, 2015. He died peacefully in the care of staff at the Palliative Care Unit, Nanaimo in the presence of his wife, Kathleen Murphy and her daughter, Kara Naish. He is survived by his four children, Paege, Jill, Peter and Michael, from his first marriage to Beverley, his stepchildren, Kara and Derek, and 11 grandchildren.
Dale was a soldier, engineer, salesman, sailor, carpenter, and sportsman who enjoyed life. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force on the Arctic Distant Early Warning line. He graduated in engineering from the University of Alberta and worked in Edmonton and Calgary, completing his career as a vice-president and director at Spartan Controls. As one of his co-workers said, “Dale was hard on equipment and soft on people.”
Dale and Kathleen bought a sailboat, moved to British Columbia, cruised the Pacific coastline and explored the Caribbean. Upon their return to Vancouver Island, they kept sailing, rebuilt houses, gardened and settled in Qualicum Beach. There he took up carpentry, including the construction of two cedar strip kayaks. Dale was always on the move, whether hiking, biking, sailing, golfing, or skiing. His motto was “Life is Terrific”.
Family and friends will celebrate his life at home in Qualicum Beach on September 12 at 3:00.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Dale’s memory to the Palliative Care Unit