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DALE V. RIDDELL March 10, 1947 - May 25, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dale Riddell. Dale passed on with his wife of 45 years, Claudette, at his side. He will be deeply missed by his children, Scott and wife Laura, Kari and husband Aaron Smith, and Ryan and wife Michelle Bright. He also leaves behind his seven grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Cate, Gretta, Benjamin, Evan, Dana, Madison and Edith. Dale was a passionate advocate for Western agriculture working for Alberta Pool and Agricore United. He was involved in his community, serving as a board member at Red River Co-op, Grain Academy & Museum, Stars Air Ambulance and volunteering with 4-H. Dale's calm and patient demeanour, his ability to compromise and his leadership were invaluable to those who had the opportunity to work with him. Despite a demanding career, Dale always had time for his children and loved spending time with them. Dale's true calling in life was revealed when he became a grandfather, and his grandchildren loved their "Papa Dell". He was an avid storyteller who captivated his young audience, and he loved getting down on the floor to play or take the kids out to dig in the dirt. When not with his grandkids, Dale and Claudie could be found outside tending to their beautiful gardens. Dale's journey has come to an end, but he will forever be remembered for his gentle nature, kindness, charity, good humour, and honest friendship. He was a man who wanted to live and was so very good at living his life for the benefit of others. A master in communication, an architect for birds, an ear for the smallest of voices and a cowboy through and through. The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to Dr. Gingerich, and nurse Cheryl. A service will take place in Milverton, Ontario on July 9. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stars Air Ambulance.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 04, 2016

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Dear Claudette and Family;We are thinking of you today as you say goodbye to Dale. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Dale was a great help to me as an elected person at Alberta Pool. He guided and mentored me many times as I rose through the ranks of Alberta PoolHe was always kind, thoughtful and willing and nurtured me through some difficult times. He gave his life to the betterment of the Ag Community and the many organizations that he took part in.Most sincerely Ray and Jean Schmitt - Posted by: Ray Schmitt (Friend) on: Jul 08, 2016

  • Dale was a real gentleman, a joy to work with and such a kind, true friend to many. His optimism and insight were such a plus for the Cdn. on-farm food safety working group and those of us working for ag. producers. His support for others was tremendous and we are all better for being around him. The tribute comments are so true and he will be missed. All the best to the family and thanks for sharing him with us. - Posted by: Terry Graychuk (colleague) on: Jul 05, 2016

  • Our condolences on the passing of Dale -a very sad moment it is indeed. I worked with Dale on developing the on farm food safety programs across the country and he became a very dear friend. His calmness kept us all sane when the world seemed very not sane. He can clearly see the end of a task and helped us focus on that. Personally he embraced my midlife insanity of motorcycle riding and gave me some wise lessons . We will miss him every day . The Canadian on farm food safety working group would not been the same without him. His long brave battle marvelled us all. He was a very special man and we were very lucky to have him in our lives. - Posted by: Connie Kehler (Friend and colleague) on: Jul 04, 2016

  • I am truly sad to hear of Dale's passing. I met him for the first time as a new Agricore delegate back in 1997 and instantly liked him. Then I had the good fortune to sit on the board of the Grain Academy with Dale. If ever there were something that had a big place in his heart it would be the Grain Academy and he was there from the beginning, I learned much from Dale, he had unlimited patience, incredible calmness and unbreakable optimism. I believe that all the organizations he was a part of are much better for him being a part of them. Everybody you meet in life has an affect on you and Dale had a great affect on me. I will truly miss our long e-mails and the wisdom and support he freely gave me. Farewell my friend! - Posted by: Einar Davison (Friend) on: Jun 14, 2016

  • I knew Dale as that always happy voice on the phone, that always smiling face when I came to your door and that always positive, gentle man working out and around your yard! He fought hard and long- with You Claudette-always by his side. He was a soldier, as well. My most sincere condolences to you and your family!! - Posted by: Wendy Whall (Friend) on: Jun 10, 2016

  • Claudette - my condolences to you and your family on Dale's passing. It was a pleasure to work with him at AWP over the years and no matter what was happening, he was always the calm voice of reason. We had a lot of interesting discussions over the years. Since AWP, we chatted at least once a year on e-mail. He was so well liked and respected by everyone who knew him. He will be missed. - Posted by: Marlene Taverner (Colleague) on: Jun 09, 2016

  • I met Dale through his work on the Red River Co-op Board. Dale often came to our Annual Meetings where he would present the RRCC cheque to our President. He was a person who cared and was very supportive of our endeavours to work with those who needed a hand-up. - Posted by: Rita Borthwick (acquaintance) on: Jun 09, 2016

  • Dale will be missed, very sorry to hear of his passing. Very much enjoyed working with him and at one point for him at Alberta Pool and Agricore. He was a truly a fine man as has been said many times already in the previous tributes. - Posted by: Ron Simmons (Colleague) on: Jun 09, 2016

  • Although you will deeply miss Dale, you will never forget him - that voice, that smile, that warm heart and of, course that laugh - which I imagine hadn't changed in 49 years. The last time I remember seeing Dale was 49 years ago at my brother's funeral in May, 1967. Out home was about 2-3 miles from his. Our fathers worked together on their farms sharing equipment and labour. The clearest memory of Dale was in the early '60s when he rode into our farm to go for a ride with my brother - big horse, big man, big hat. Yes, Dale was born a cowboy and a farmer, just in the wrong province. It wasn't a surprise to hear he had headed west. May God bless you all with wonderful, vivid memories of this grand man. - Posted by: M. Davidson () on: Jun 06, 2016

  • I had the privilege to work with Dale at Alberta Pool and Agricore. He was always calm, reasoned, and passionate about agriculture and everyone involved in it. I learned a lot from Dale and am grateful for that.I am sorry for your loss Claudette. He was a fine man who left a mark on many. - Posted by: Ed Rodenburg (Colleague) on: Jun 06, 2016

  • It was always a pleasure to meet Dale at the annual Red River Cooperative meetings. But it was especially grand to have him attend our media event for the donation from Red River Coop to the Winnipeg Rowing Club. The donation meant that we could purchase two new single sculls (racing shells) for Canada Games aged athletes. The look on his face when he saw the magnificent racing boats in the boat house and all those fit athletes... it was pure pleasure for him. The last RRCoop installment is coming very soon and we, at the Winnipeg Rowing Club, will miss his presence. He had remarked that he would have loved a return visit and we would have loved to see him again. - Posted by: sandra Kirby (Acquaintance) on: Jun 06, 2016

  • Dale was a friend of agriculture, family and life. I had many, many good times with my friend, Dale Riddell. I remember many great discussions in his office, over a coffee, at a fishing camp, or at a meeting. He was passionate about advancing agriculture --- and many organizations and cooperatives from Alberta Wheat Pool to Red River Co-op, STARS to the Grain Museum to 4-H --- all benefited from the guidance and wisdom of Dale Riddell. We will miss him but cherish our time with him. - Posted by: Kim McConnell (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2016

  • Claudette, Dale was just as you described him in this obituary...he was kind, compassionate, willing to work through any situation and very humble. His was a low key style but a style that endeared him to others because of his ability to listen and then offer his wisdom. I last heard from him in late April and even at that point in his journey with cancer, he maintained an optimistic attitude. I know he will be missed, especially in the family and our deepest condolences to you and the children and grandchildren. - Posted by: Bonnie DuPont and Barry Bultz (Colleague) on: Jun 04, 2016

  • My condolences to Dale's family. I had the pleasure of meeting Dale and to work with him on a Red River Co-op Committee. An intelligent and gentle man. May fond memories sustain the members of his family during these most difficult times. - Posted by: Vicki Lazaruk (Red River Co op affiliation) on: Jun 04, 2016

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