Obituaries

Dale William Stoker

17/10/1939 - 04/02/2024

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Obituary For Dale William Stoker

October 17, 1939 – February 4, 2024

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Dale William Stoker passed away in Grande Prairie Regional Hospital on Feb. 4, 2024 at the age of 84. Dale was born Oct. 17, 1939 in Tisdale, Sask. to Henrietta and William Stoker. He grew up in Crooked River, Sask., and often shared memories of swimming in the creek, playing pond hockey, baseball and other sports with his friends and siblings, Gary, Myrna and Billy.

In 1956 at the age of 17, and with his mother’s permission, Dale joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He completed basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, NS and HMCS Gloucester, Ontario. Dale served across Canada during his military career including a

posting in Esquimalt, BC where he served on the HMCS Skenna, a destroyer. He also had postings to Churchill, MB, Coverdale, NB, Gander, NFLD, and Leitrim, ON. Dale was stationed to Alert on Ellesmere Island, the northern most island in the Canadian Arctic. A high-lite for Dale was serving on a two-year exchange program in the United States Navy at a base near Miami, Florida. After serving 24 years in the Navy and reaching the rank of Master Warrant Officer, he joined the RCMP, and served with them for 15 years.

In 1960, Dale met and then married the love of his life, Loretta. Together they raised three wonderful children, Tammy, Dan, and Kim. To Dale and Loretta family meant everything. They were very involved as parents in their children’s activities and were always supportive. On February 5, Dale and Loretta would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

Dale loved life. He had a great sense of humour, loved to dance, and was an outstanding athlete. He excelled in hockey, boxing, and baseball, playing in the Senior games in Utah at the age of 72. Dale was also passionate about curling and even achieved an eight ender, a very rare event. Another favourite pass time was golf. He continued to enjoy these activities in his later years until ravaged by Alzheimer disease.

Over the course of his life, he made lasting friendships and always enjoyed a good party. His legacy of love and compassion for animals continues through his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Loretta, his children Tammy (Rudy), Dan, Kim (Don), his sister Myrna, sister in laws Betty, Linda, Marlene, Bertha and brother in laws Ron and Gary. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kailyn, Lyndie, Spenser, Quinn, and his great grandson Denver. We will miss him dearly but are relieved his suffering from this horrible disease is over.

We would like to thank Dr. Anez, Dr. Lawal, the Emergency and Unit 23 staff at Grande Prairie Regional Hospital for dad’s care.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 bcfh.ca

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  • 20/02/2024

    My condolences to Mrs. Stoker, Tammy, Dan and Kim and the rest of your family. Many years have past since we have seen each other. But let me tell you our family has never forgotten the years we did spent together. RIP Mr. Stoker. Love from the Kemp family. David, Shirley (deceased) Sherry and Davy!! Love you all ❤️❤️❤️

  • 15/02/2024

    Loretta and family my sincere condolences on the passing of Dale. He was a great guy. RIP my friend. Bob and Greta

  • 13/02/2024

    To Loretta, Tammy, Dan, Kim, Family Members & Friends, The members of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio (SUPRAD) System Oldtimers Association were deeply saddened by the news of Dale's passing. During Dale's 24 years of dedicated and loyal service in the Royal Canadian Navy, he made many good friends. Those friends (wingers) can attest to how outstanding an athlete he was when it came to playing hockey, baseball, curling and a round of golf. Dale truly valued the lasting friendships he made during his impressive military career, and in order to keep in close touch with them, he became a Life Member of our Association. At the entranceway to the CFS Leitrim All Ranks Mess there is a SUPRAD Oldtimers Association Tree of Life. One of the leaves on the tree has Dale's name on it. Now, in loving memory of our cherished friend, a small bronze cross will be affixed to Dale's leaf. Also, at our 23 June 2024 Annual Oldtimers Reunion Service of Remembrance, being held at the HMCS Gloucester Cairn, Dale's name will be read during the service. Please know that as members of your extended military family, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 'Friends Forever' Ray Lebeau

  • 12/02/2024

    Sending my condolences to Loretta and Family Sorry for your loss!

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