April 9, 1961 – February 15, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dale Hildebrandt (54); devoted husband to Lori, parent to Shelby (Colton) and Mickie, son to Margaret and Dick and brother to Jan (Robyn), Mark (Wanda), Lori’s family Mary, Kevin, Lisa, Deb and Dave. He also leaves behind his constant companion, Chloe, and extended family.
Dale met Lori within minutes of her arrival in Granisle, BC and fell madly in love when she agreed to go fishing on their first date. Thus began a 30 year romance between soul mates.
Prior to his logging accident many years ago, Dale was a union rep and passionate advocate for employee rights at MacMillan Bloedel. He was a talented athlete – scratch golfer -, avid fisher/hunter and skilled wood crafter. He was also a prankster who loved telling jokes and dispensed nicknames on all he liked. He also had names for those he didn’t like.
Despite chronic pain and restricted mobility, Dale remained a supportive husband and active parent. He was extremely proud of his children’s accomplishments and never missed an opportunity to say “I love you”. Dale made friends easily and enjoyed his chats with friends, neighbours and strangers.
Dale will be missed by all who knew him. In his memory, please follow his example by saying “I love you” often, chatting with neighbours and making someone laugh.
Dale’s life will be celebrated privately by family. In lieu of flowers please donate to Dale’s favourite charity – Campbell River Special Olympics, PO Box 877, Campbell River, BC V9W 6Y4.