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SCHAFER, Dale Philip

Posted By Obits On November 21, 2017 @ 1:16 PM In Fish Creek Chapel Obituaries,Obituary | 37 Comments

August 2, 1953 – Kincaid, Saskatchewan
November 18, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Dale, husband of Deb Schafer (nee Whittingham), father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, of Calgary, AB, on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the age of 64 years.

Besides his loving wife Deb, Dale is survived by his son Matt, daughter Alana (Jeff), grandson Jake, his mother Ann, and his two siblings Gerry and Clara along with numerous family relatives. Dale was predeceased by his father Stephen and his brother Glen.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers at the Southwood Hospice for all their care and kindness throughout Dale’s illness.

A Celebration of Dale’s wonderful life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Southwood Hospice (#501 – 5920 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB) Tel; 403-255-4969, http://www.intercarealberta.com/.

In living memory of Dale Schafer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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Condolence from Janice on November 21st, 2017 2:51 PM

Deb and family,
Our deepest sympathies to you and all of Dale’s family. It was a pleasure to have known and worked with Dale. May he rest in peace.
Ray, Janice & Ellen

Condolence from Chris Tworek on November 21st, 2017 3:02 PM

I will always remember Dale as Mr. Positive regardless of the circumstances. He was a great asset to all of us.

Condolence from Mike and Donna Palmer on November 21st, 2017 3:40 PM

Dale was a glowing human being full of the best things one could ever offer: Love, humour, kindness and joy. Others were attracted to him due to his warmth, compassion and humility. Dale’s “bubble” of joy followed him everywhere he went and others wanted to be infected with such joy and were eager to follow him. Your courage and “can-do” attitude, even in the face of such daunting odds, will always inspire us, Dale. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deb and all of Dale’s entire Family as you mourn your loss and find solace in your many memories that he left as gifts to each and every one of you.

Condolence from Michelle Nutting on November 21st, 2017 4:51 PM

To Deb and all Dale’s family, my deepest sympathy. Dale was a special person, he really cared about people. It showed in every relationship including with his co-workers and customers. Being around Dale was just fun. Admittedly he could be a bit stubborn but always with the best intentions, and a bit of a laugh and good humor, the things that get people through good times and hard times. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Bob Buchanan on November 21st, 2017 6:14 PM

Deb and Family – I wish to pass on our family’s condolences on the passing of Dale. I did enjoy Dale’s dry wit, his kindness and love of family. We had a few memorable family gatherings together and I will remember these fondly. Please give the kids a hug from me and Caryl. I will see you at the funeral. Respectfully Bob Buchanan

Condolence from Jenny De Clercq (McCombie) on November 21st, 2017 8:01 PM

I was so sad to learn of Dale’s passing. Even though I have not seen or spoken to him in a while, I can still hear his chipper voice and sly jokes! It was always fun to work with him. He left far too soon, but left plenty of memories while he was here. What a gift to haven experienced his company. My sympathies to his family and friends.

Condolence from Dale and Alison Marantz on November 21st, 2017 8:01 PM

Deb and family, we are deeply saddened to hear of Dale’s passing and we will miss him dearly. We’ll fondly remember Dale’s sense of humour, his positive attitude and of course that engaging laugh that could brighten any room and any situation. We hope you find comfort and peace in the many memories your family shares. We’ll of course, cherish the memories of our early days in Calgary with Dale and the many good times and many laughs we shared over the years.

Condolence from Cheryl and Glenn Tackaberry on November 21st, 2017 8:14 PM

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Cheryl and Glenn

Condolence from Carol and Steen Uggerslev on November 21st, 2017 9:30 PM

We have many fond memories of Dale over the many years we have been privileged to have known him. Most recently, a month or so ago, while Steen was in hospital I visited Dale and Deb in their home. He expressed concern about me living on my own and said I should get a security gate and be sure to look after myself. Showing concern for me even while he himself faced such severe health issues was just what Dale did. He was a very special person for sure and we will miss him. He was truly a great guy. Our kindest regards to Deb and all the family.

Condolence from Cindy Karpiak on November 22nd, 2017 11:40 AM

Deb and family. I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. I have so many fond memories of our time together when we were younger. I have some great photos from way back when, of us camping and partying. He was the light in any crowd that got together. I will always remember and think of him with great admiration. May your spirit find the peace in knowing what a great man he was. Love to you. Cindy Karpiak (Boppre, Engelman)

Condolence from Ron Wilkinson on November 22nd, 2017 12:12 PM

Deb & Family:

It is with heavy hearts that we have heard of Dale’s passing. He was an inspiration to us all and we will always be influenced by his wonderful positive attitude. Dale was one of those people that you wanted to surround yourself with both at work and in social occasions. We will miss him dearly.

Ron & Margaret Wilkinson

Condolence from Ron Sparrow on November 22nd, 2017 3:06 PM

So sorry to hear about Dale. My heart goes out to all the family

Condolence from Lil Fiest on November 22nd, 2017 5:36 PM

Deb & family, please accept my deepest condolences on Dale’s passing. I worked with Dale at Agrium many years ago. I can still remember what a great guy he was and he always treated everyone with so much kindness. You will truly be missed.

Condolence from Rick and Fern Best on November 22nd, 2017 6:35 PM

Dear Deb, Matt, Alana, Jeff, and Jake,
What a wonderful Husband, Dad, Grandpa,
Brother, Son, and FRIEND.
Dale and I worked together for many years and we had just a great memories. The Agrium customers and employees all loved Dale. He was one of a kind.
I can hear his laugh, his voice, his advice.
He loved his wife and family and they where the most important people in his life.
I am so happy he was part of my life.
My deepest sympathy to all of his loved ones.

Condolence from Catherine Marchuk on November 23rd, 2017 8:24 AM

Deb and family
My heart is sad to hear of Dale’s passing. I also worked with Dale at Agrium and I always enjoyed our chats. I always knew when Dale came into my office we would share a good laugh. I will always have fond memories of Dale. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Condolence from Dale Gach on November 23rd, 2017 9:50 AM

A true nice guy with a smile was how I will remember Dale. My condolences to all his family and close friends, as his cheery outlook on life will be missed. Have one more Grey Cup party up there, some of the ones here were so memorable and fun.

Condolence from Eric Deibert on November 23rd, 2017 10:14 AM

Condolences to you, Deb and family. I met and worked with Dale in the 1960’s when we were co-workers with a former employer. His demeanor over the years certainly never changed. His humour, optimism, never one to be shy of cutting a deal, and always willing to laugh at himself. He was just a fun guy to be with. May your fond memories help to ease the pain of your huge loss.

Condolence from Arthur Carbno on November 23rd, 2017 10:39 AM

To Deb and family.

I am so sorry to hear that Dale has
passed away. Please accept my condolences.

Art. Carbno

Condolence from Dan Krysko on November 24th, 2017 1:55 PM

Deb and Family,

I am so sad to hear about Dale’s passing. He was a supportive, unique, humorous and positive person, a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.

Condolence from Frank Vidalin on November 24th, 2017 3:21 PM

Deb and Family So sorry to hear of Dales passing. My condolences to You and your family

Condolence from Jane/Don Halstead on November 24th, 2017 5:04 PM

Deb and Family So sorry to hear of Dales passing. Our condolences to You and your family

Condolence from Annette & Bob Shaw on November 24th, 2017 6:51 PM

Sorry to hear of Dales passing. I enjoyed Dale when working at AGRIUM. It was a pleasure to work near him

Condolence from Roy & Deane Perrin on November 24th, 2017 6:57 PM

Deane and I want to extend our condolences to Dale’s family at this time of sorrow. We spent many times with Dale and will always remember the great person he was. There couldn’t have been a more cordial and funny host at the many functions we were able to attend.

Condolence from Barry Ashton on November 25th, 2017 9:22 AM

Deb and family (and Cooper),

We are greatly saddened by your loss. We always enjoyed our chats with Dale as we made our way to Fish Creek Park. His sunny, shiny disposition always brought sunshine to our lives. We offer our condolences. Dale is in a better place and can rest in peace.

Barry & Carol Ashton

Condolence from Charles and Livia McGregor on November 26th, 2017 12:30 PM

Deb and Family:

Our condolences to you and family members on Dales passing. We have had the good fortune to know and work with Dale for over 25 years and throughout that time developed a great respect and appreciation for Dales personality, character, and abilities. He will indeed be missed by all.

Charles and Livia McGregor

Condolence from Jan Debney on November 26th, 2017 9:41 PM

Alana, Gary and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. As people have said to us hold tight to your memories.
Jan and Gary Debney

Condolence from Nisha Mally on November 27th, 2017 8:49 AM

Deb and Family,
My sincerest condolences on the loss of Dale. He was a wonderful person and always made me laugh when I got the opportunity to work with him. He will be missed.

Nisha Mally

Condolence from Don & Linda Lauweryssen on November 27th, 2017 11:37 AM

Dear Deb, Matt, and Alana,
So many have captured the essence and impact of your amazing husband (Deb) and kind / generous father (Matt, Alana). Our relationship started via Cominco Fertilizers in 1989. As a new Sales Supervisor on the road and working from a home office, having Dale as our point person in the Calgary office made all the difference. He was a skilled systems trainer and I came to realize that Dale’s character and personality set the tone for the entire sales organization. Linda and I first met Deb at a Christmas social and ever since the Schafer’s have been role model’s and dear friends. During a recent visit with Dale and Deb, Dale’s character and passion about people and how to make the world a better place continued to shine through with his own suffering just a side note. We pray that you are able to find God’s peace and strength during this difficult time. Love, Don & Linda

Condolence from Sheryl Hull on November 27th, 2017 10:58 PM

Dear Deb and family

So sorry to hear of your loss. Dale was such a fun and positive person to be around, always enjoyed his stories! Cherish the special memories that will always bring a smile to your face.

Sheryl xo

Condolence from Danielle Coric on November 28th, 2017 1:46 PM

Dear Deb Alana and Matt

I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Dale was an amazing human being. His stories and wonderful sense of humor will always be remembered.


Condolence from Todd & Lisa Latimer on November 28th, 2017 2:32 PM

Dear Deb, Matt, and Alana
Dale was a man who put family, friends and others above all else. He made going to work fun, and his optimism always prevailed whenever odds were stacked against him. His sense of humor is what we will miss the most though. His laugh, quick wit, and joking around have provided us with some great memories and we are better people for it. He taught us to make wine, find a deal, save money, but most importantly to laugh at ourselves. Our deepest sympathies to your entire family.
Our thoughts are with you, and we are lucky to call you our friends.

Todd, Lisa & family

Condolence from Mike Doggart on November 28th, 2017 8:17 PM

To Deb, Matt, Alana and family;
We wish to express our sympathy for your loss. Dale was a unique person who always tried to show the better side of the fertilizer business. He always looked for the silver lining and he will be missed by everyone that had the good fortune to know him and do business with him. Our thoughts are with you. Mike, Marilyn and Ryan

Condolence from Jim and Cathi Tanner on November 29th, 2017 6:04 AM

Deb and children, Jim and I are deeply saddened by the news of Dale passing. Our families have had wonderful times together and Dale was always at the helm of the comedy portions! Y’all have been blessed with such a loving family and neighbors from Priddis area. We all love you dearly.

Condolence from Al and Sharon Taylor on November 29th, 2017 5:55 PM

Deb and family,
We are so sad to hear about Dale’s passing. He was one of those unique people who could light up a party and any conversation with his great sense of humour and infectious laugh. Our hearts go out to you for your loss. He will be missed.

Condolence from Jack MacGregor on November 30th, 2017 3:33 PM

Deb and Family. Our sincere condolences on Dale’s passing. Dale was always a genuinely great guy who was always quick with a smile. Our hearts go out to you.

Jack and Susannah MacGregor

Condolence from Glen and Helen Birky on November 30th, 2017 6:56 PM

Deb and Family. We are saddened to hear of Dales passing! He certainly has touched many people in so many positive ways! It was always a treat to be able to spend time with both of you! May you feels Gods peace and strength as you continue to walk this difficult path. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Brenda Peatch on December 2nd, 2017 12:15 PM


I just heard of Dale’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss and I am sending love and thinking of you and your family at this time.

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