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McCUE, Kenneth Dale

August 19, 1959 – December 23, 2018
Calgary, Alberta

Dale McCue of Calgary, AB, passed away reluctantly but triumphantly on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the age of 59 years.

Dale was born on August 19, 1959 in Edmonton, AB, the middle child in a family of three boys to Gladden and Geneva McCue. His first nine years were spent growing up in Fort Saskatchewan, AB. At age nine, Dale moved with the family to Calgary in February, 1969 where he spent most of the remainder of his life.

Dale attended AE Cross Jr. High followed by Viscount Bennett High School. Dale loved sports and was extremely competitive. He did not like to lose. He played on the Jr. and Sr. Football teams where he excelled on the defensive line as a rush end. Other sports Dale was passionate about included downhill skiing, water skiing, cycling, fastball and slo-pitch and lots of intramural sports with friends. It was through an intramural volleyball league game, he met his best friend Kate Merkowsky, who was a constant companion from that point in his life.

Dale always had many friends and girlfriends, but never found the perfect one to be his wife. He never married and was a confirmed bachelor to the end.

After high school, he left home and lived in Edmonton for a while where he worked construction for two years. In 1979 Dale entered the Chemical Engineering program at the University of Calgary where he graduated with superior marks four years later. Two years later he earned his MBA also from the University of Calgary.

Dale loved to travel for work and vacations and had many trips abroad including Portugal, Greece (his all time favorite vacation) the U.S.A., Canada, the Middle East and the Caribbean; where his go to vacation spots were Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica.

Dale worked throughout his adult life. He started in construction right out of high school then after obtaining his Engineering degree became a facilities engineer—someone who is in charge of designing, approving, overseeing construction, then commissioning oilfield facilities.

He spent four years doing engineering work in Qatar. Then returned to Canada and resumed his facilities engineering career.

Dale suffered a major trauma to his body in a horrific ski accident in January 1996. We will never know what caused him to black out that day and ski headfirst into a very large tree. He suffered major skull fractures, loss of 80% his vision, a brain injury and loss of his spleen. Dale got a second chance at life after his horrific accident. After weeks in a coma, he fought back from the edge. He began nine months of intensive rehab relearning how to be a functional independent human, including how to walk and take care of himself again. His second life had begun.

Dale worked for about 15 years after his accident resuming his facilities engineering career. He had his struggles, but kept fighting onward.

When not working, Dale volunteered with SABIS, the Southern Alberta Brain Injured Society, and he served for many years as their president. While at SABIS, he advocated for the brain injured and organized fundraisers and events on behalf of other brain injured survivors.
Recently, Dale retired and spent his time with his close circle of friends, those close to him in both his first life and his second life. He loved family events and catching up on what his nieces and nephews were up to. He was a confirmed meat-itarian and loved bar-b-ques at his Dads. He loved his DVD’s and endlessly watched reruns of Seinfeld and Cheers. He loved a good joke and he loved a good laugh.

Dale is survived by his father, Gladden McCue of Calgary; his older brother and sister-in-law, Allan and Jennifer McCue of Foothills; his younger brother and sister-in-law, Brian & Cindy McCue of Calgary. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Kelsey of Winnipeg, Amanda, Nick and Clark McCue all of Calgary.

Dale was predeceased by his mother Geneva McCue of Calgary in 2008.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. A light reception and celebration of Dale’s life will follow in the Hospitality Centre at McInnis & Holloway. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Kenneth McCue, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Glad
    We are so sorry for your loss. Dale truly was one of the “good guys”. He had a keen wit and a kind heart. He faced the many struggles in his life with grace and great determination. May he rest gently in his Mother’s arms.

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  2. Your Texas relatives send condolences on loss of this beloved son,uncle and friend. We cherish memories of our times with Canadian family. We are praying for you as you celebrate the life of Dale while grieving the loss of this loved one.

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