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RICHARDS, Clinton “Dale”

Posted By Obits On June 5, 2014 @ 2:11 PM In Obituary | 34 Comments

Clinton “Dale” Richards beloved husband of Diana Richards of Calgary, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the age of 71 years.

Dale was very proud to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan in Mechanical Engineering. His degree led him to a successful international career in the gas pipeline industry which allowed him to develop friendships worldwide. Dale was heavily involved with the CNIB, which was one of his passions. Dale was honoured with many awards for his volunteerism with his highest achievement being the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dale will be dearly missed by all who knew him for his amazing memory, incredible sense of humour, quick wit, love of country music, storytelling, and cheeky grin.

Dale will be greatly missed by his wife Diana; his daughters Dawn and Dallas; grandson Brayden Dykman; and siblings Willard (Helen) Richards, Lorna Drake, Eleanor (Ray) Fischer, Howard Richards, Joyce Wiskar, Valerie (Didier) Liogier, and Doug (Darlene) Richards.

A Tribute for Dale will be held at the Red and White Club (1833 Crowchild Trail N.W.) on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Dress in Saskatchewan Roughrider green and white or western casual wear, if you choose. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly CNIB Alberta, Telephone: (403) 266-8831 or to Calgary Health Trust – under the name Dale Richards earmarked Palliative Home Care Team, Telephone: (403)943-0615, www.thetrust.ca. Special thanks to the Southeast Palliative Home Care Team for their warm compassionate support toward Dale and our family.

“It is what it is” – Dale Richards

In living memory of Dale Richards, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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Condolence from Myla Kindopp-Stene on June 5th, 2014 3:28 PM

My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

A smile comes so easily when thinking about Dale. His infectious smile, his quick one liners, and his love & joy of his family are all things he enveloped. Memories of him will last forever.

Condolence from Fred and Michelle Meyer on June 5th, 2014 4:32 PM

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Dale had the amazing ability to use humour and wit to make a point. He could make me laugh long and hard while receiving some words of wisdom all at the same time. A very special skill! His leadership skills were exceptional. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Condolence from Pat and Len Luders on June 5th, 2014 6:39 PM

We have lost a great man, a great neighbour and a great friend. Our thoughts are with you; Diane, Dawn, Dallas at this difficult time.
Dale has been a very valued member of the Dutch Creek community for many years. He was instrumental in the development of the water system and was active on our Board of Directors until just recently.
Memories of his caring, his kindness, his “wit” and his incredible memory will stay with us forever.

Condolence from Lev & Inga Lipkov on June 5th, 2014 7:22 PM

We will remember Dale for his dedication to our community, and his outstanding hospitality- for many years his “pig roasts” were major event in Dutch Creek.

Condolence from Heinz and Pauline Wodniakowski on June 5th, 2014 9:54 PM

To Dale’s family we are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Ron and Alannah Martian on June 5th, 2014 10:40 PM

We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband and father. Dale was a valued and much loved member of our community at Dutch Creek and we will all miss his infectious humor, laugh and joy in life. His love for his family was obvious to all and we know you will miss him terribly..

Condolence from Paul Gallagher on June 6th, 2014 7:35 AM

Sincere sympathy to Diana and all the family.

Dale was a great person and a large part of my working career, from when I started in The Alberta Gas Trunkline Company through the international work of Nova and Transcanada. Lost touch for many years but caught up again last summer in Calgary. Both Orla and I were grateful to be able to share some stories and experiences. We both loved how interested and knowledgeable Dale was of international affairs. He will be sadly missed.

Condolence from Linda howe on June 6th, 2014 9:20 AM

Aunt Diana ,Dawn ,Dallas and Brayden – thoughts and prayers going out to you at this difficult time. Linda and family

Condolence from Martina Losing on June 6th, 2014 9:44 AM

I’m so sorry to hear about Dale’s passing. Cherish the memories, and hopefully those memories can bring some comfort and ease your sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Sandra Tyliszczak on June 6th, 2014 10:43 AM

Very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Dawn. My condolences to you and your family .

Condolence from Donna Cookson Martin on June 6th, 2014 10:55 AM

Dear Diana and Family,
As a fellow member of the CNIB Alberta Board and as a fellow blind person, it was my privilege and pleasure to work with Dale for the past several years. He was invariably kind and caring, and so wonderfully passionate about the causes in which he believed.
Please know that you have my deepest sympathy. Dale’s presence will be very much missed.
Donna Cookson Martin

Condolence from John Fulton on June 6th, 2014 11:01 AM

Dale was an amazing person whom I’ve known since I was a young boy in Scotland. When he came to Glasgow he would tell us about his kids and wife ( who are our cousins ) and about the wonderfull world of Calgary. When we got older we went to Canada, Dale and the family took us to the stampede then the pig roast of which I’m a door prize winner ha ha. We fell in love with the place that much we wanted to move there. Dale did everything for us to come and it was all planned until I was struck down with cancer which stopped us. I got the all clear a while later, so later went back and got married in Dale’s back garden which was amazing, and Dale was a great host and Diane arranged everything. It’s hard for us to believe Dale is gone. A hard working man who deserved to live to 100, he’ll be sadly missed but never forgotten, always in our hearts. I wished I could have gotten over to see him, miss you Dale love you always, John Fulton xx

Condolence from Dave Boone on June 6th, 2014 11:11 AM

We are so sad to hear about Dale’s passing. Dutch Creek won’t be the same without Dale. Such a going concern that man. We will toast him with a fine red wine when we’re next out to the cabin – he’d expect nothing less of us. And we will walk by the water supply pumps that he helped install way back when, putting all of that mechanical engineering and Nova experience to use for us all. Our condolences,

Dave (Boone) and Jane (Poole)

Condolence from Barb and Nasir Kara on June 6th, 2014 12:36 PM

Dear Diane and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Dale was a fantastic guy with such a good heart and great sense of humour. We feel honoured to have known him and will always fondly remember him.
Barb and Nasir

Condolence from Lynn Pickering on June 6th, 2014 12:43 PM

The world has lost a special man. One who was greatly loved, made a great difference in the world, and was greatly respected by those who knew him. I guess the word is GREAT. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. His humour, his advice, his joy for life, his love, will always be in your heart and those of many. He will be remembered. With love, Lynn Pickering

Condolence from Margret and Wolfgang on June 6th, 2014 10:36 PM

Dear Diane and Family,
our thoughts are with you along with the pleasant memories at the loss of a great man. Every spring we were looking forward after a long winter to greet our friends and neighbours Diane and Dale out here at Dutch Creek. We shall miss his wit, knowledge and compassion. We looked up to him for many years for leadership at the Dutch Creek board of directors, where he accomplished oodles. A great man left too soon!

Condolence from Diane Fulton on June 7th, 2014 1:09 AM

Dale will be very sadly missed by all his extended family in Glasgow, he was very highly thought of by all of us. R.I.P Dale love always Helen,Diane,John,Tricia and Natalie Fulton x

Condolence from Job van de Panne on June 7th, 2014 1:59 PM

We were so sad to hear about Dale passing. He was a great influence on the Dutch Creek Board and we will miss his sense of humour.

Job & Carol van de Panne

Condolence from Doug & Maureen Smith on June 7th, 2014 7:40 PM

Diana and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing, and hope that your happy memories will comfort you.
You are in our thoughts and prayers
Doug & Maureen Smith

Condolence from Jennifer Harris and Lennie Kaplan on June 8th, 2014 10:19 AM

We are both so sorry to hear about the passing of Dale Richards. We very much enjoyed getting to know him at Pig Roasts and other family events. His work with the CNIB was very inspirational, and he was a very joyful and kind-hearted man.

Jennifer Harris and Lennie Kaplan

Condolence from Chuck Middleton on June 8th, 2014 10:39 PM

Dale always put a smile on my face when I thought of him, when I talked to him and when we spent time together. There will also be a smile on my face from the memories.

Please accept our condolences.

Chuck & Kathi Middleton

Condolence from SHERMAN REEDER / Family on June 10th, 2014 7:44 AM

Our sincerest condolences to all the family members Dale left behind.
Having known Dale these past 4 years I think the world was a better place with him in it.

Condolence from Lyle and Anna Nelson on June 10th, 2014 9:40 AM

Diana and family,
Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Dale. Our hearts are with you all.
Dale was a great influence on me personally and I truly enjoyed spending time with him. He will be sadly missed by all of us.

Condolence from Cheryl Crocker on June 10th, 2014 10:40 AM

Diana and family,
I was so sorry to hear about Dale. I so much enjoyed working with him on CNIB AB/NWT board…such a dedicated, hardworking and compassionate person. His persistence and stick with-it-ness made us all want to work harder. I will do my best to get to the memorial service. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Condolence from Cathy Carter-Snell & Mark Snell on June 10th, 2014 11:04 AM

We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Dale was such a kind and giving man and a great neighbour to us in Willow Park. His loss will leave a big hole in your hearts and in the community but we hope it will be eased by fond memories he gave as a great person, father and husband..

Condolence from Bob Marshall on June 13th, 2014 3:58 PM

Sincerest condolences for your family’s loss. For me Dale was a mentor, an inspiration and over time a trusted business associate and friend. I will miss his intellegent thoughtful council, his incredible wit and his equally incredible memory. His love of country music and all things western was something I admired and shared. We will miss Dale and regret not arranging in time that last lunch that was in the planning stages with Dale, Ralph Kesje, Don Klisowski and Ken Montgomery. Bob & Barbara Marshall

Condolence from Lorelee & Randy Cooke on June 14th, 2014 6:16 AM

I’ve known Mr. Richards since I was knee-high to a grass hopper, and he always seemed larger than life to me, even after I grew up ;) Such a smart, important, funny and kind person! He reached far and wide into humanity and as such will never be forgotten, and remembered with love. Sincere condolences to you all .. xo

Condolence from Cathy McFee on June 17th, 2014 9:00 AM

Dear Diana and Family,
Dale was a mentor, leader and good friend. He had a huge heart and such positive energy and joy for life. I had the opportunity to work with Dale at the CNIB– he was a trusted and respected adviser and friend. Dale’s perseverance, sense of humour and dedication was enjoyed and so appreciated. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten. Our sincere condolences to you and family.
Cathy and Fred McFee

Condolence from John McDonald on June 18th, 2014 10:55 AM

Dear Diana,

On behalf of CNIB Alberta/NWT, I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family during your time of significant loss. Dale was an inspiration to all of us — whether it be fellow Board members, CNIB staff or clients. His passion for helping people with vision loss was extraordinary. His many years of service to our organization is deeply appreciated. Although I only had the pleasure of working with him a brief time, I will miss his sage counsel, his determination and his sense of humour.
John McDonald

Condolence from Vicki Wells on June 18th, 2014 11:42 AM

Please accept these kind thoughts and prayers in your time of loss and mourning.
Dale’s personality made a lasting impression, and I’m thankful to have known him, albeit professionally and for a relatively short time. Along with his many accomplishments, it seemed that he met the challenges of life with grace, dignity and no small amount of determination. His wit, wisdom, influence and leadership will be missed. The importance of family was very evident, and I hope brings some comfort as you grieve his passing.
Vicki Wells

Condolence from Bruce Warren on June 18th, 2014 1:00 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing.

Dale had an amazing memory , an ability to make a connection with people from all walks of life and he always had a joke to tell , no matter what.
I can only say that Dale was genuinely a nice guy quietly went about his business.
He will be missed by the many people that he has touched in his life.

Condolence from Rita McGillivray on June 19th, 2014 1:48 PM

I am truly saddened to learn of Dale’s passing .

I remember him since I was 9 years old in Lac la Hache BC. Later he tutored me in junior high math and one summer when I stayed at the Richards he made sure I got up in time every morning to make a good impression during my summer student session at Alberta Gas Trunkline!! Much later in my own career at Nova I always felt proud to have known him since way back when! Loved his easy going style and razor sharp wit!
Such good memories of a great man and good family friend.
My sincerest condolences to Diana , Dawn,Dallas and all the family


Condolence from Victor & Olga Martinez on June 19th, 2014 9:43 PM

Dear Dallas and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying that you will feel comfort and peace during this difficult time. Sending you all a big hug and lots of love.
Sincerely, the Martinez Family

Condolence from John Proctor Family on June 22nd, 2014 10:03 AM

Diana and Family
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Dale is remembered as a good friend of our father, John Proctor . Elizabeth sends her prayers to you and your family.

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