BISHOP- Leonard Dale Dale passed away peacefully on January 6, 2014 at Cumberland Lodge. The second son of L. (Len) H. and Alice (nee Dale) Bishop, born February 4, 1923 in Chilliwack, Dale grew up in the Well's subdivision in Sardis, B.C. Predeceased by his brother, Stan in 1998, he is survived and sadly missed by his loving wife, Ariel, son Paul, daughter Rosemary (Raymond), grandson, Keegan and sister-in-law Joeslyn Bishop, Sardis, niece Anne, nephews Bruce and David. During WWII Dale served in the RCAF from November 10, 1942 until released July 5, 1946. His first posting was to Tofino, then to Comox. On July 18, 1945 he married his long time school sweetheart Ariel May Lennox of Cultus Lake in the Chapel at the Comox air base and settled in the Comox Valley. An industrious, capable, innovative, reliable fellow, Dale learned many crafts throughout his life, first tending the boilers at the Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association plant and the air bases, then auto body repair (Nib Johnston Motors Ltd.), hardware store co-owner ("Tarbells", Cumberland) and lastly for many years, as a heavy duty mechanic ("Timberjack" logging skidders). In 1959 he joined the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department, retiring as Deputy Fire Chief in 1988. He was very proud of the Fire Department and the members. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and exploring the island by car and camper and the waters by boat with Mom. Thank you to Dr. Reggler, Home & Community Care and the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital and Cumberland Lodge for their caring support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dale to the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department Society or to a charity of your choice. Following cremation, Dale will be interred near his Mother-in-law at Chilliwack Cemeteries. A celebration of life will be announced later.
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2014