Randolph W. Dell
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1922 - 2012
Our Dad died peacefully in his sleep on June 26, 2012 at the age of 90. Dad was born on February 9, 1922 in Gravesend, England, the only boy in a family of 7 sisters. Dad joined the British Army in 1939, lying about his age, not returning home until 1946. His mother didn't recognize the tanned stranger who came back. After the war, Dad met and married the love of his life, Pamela Devonshire. Mum and Dad emigrated to Canada where Dad joined the Canadian Air Force and got sent right back to Europe. While there, a son was born who died at birth, as well as three of their four daughters, with the 4th arriving after they returned to Canada. During his time with the RCAF, the family lived in Quebec and Ontario before being transferred to Saskatchewan. When Dad retired from the Air Force in 1971, he went to work at the Dept. of Anatomy at the University of Saskatchewan, where he worked until his second retirement in 1991. Dad's life was his family and he was devastated when his daughter Sheila died in 1997 and then when Mum died in 2006. He was very close to all of his family and was always the life of the party, even on his 90th birthday when he joined in the dancing with all of us. Dad is survived by three daughters, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Lesley (Wayne) Hunter, Rebecca Hunter (Carey Tufts) and Madeline and Parker Tufts, Emily (Markian) Sulatyski and Alison Hunter; Joanne (George) Andrew, Stephania Andrew (Theran Sawchuk) and Kalan Sawchuk, Pamela (Andre) Stella and Aiden Stella and Oliver Andrew; Sheila's children Caitlin Stickney (Mike Malanovich) and Rory and Heidi Sticklanovich, Samuel Stickney and Ruby Stickney; Bonnie Dell, Ian Dobra (the late Amy Tarasiuk), Mark Dobra and Alexandra Dobra. Dad is also survived by his sister, Barbara, in England and his beloved cat, Oscar. A service to celebrate Dad's life will be held on Thursday, July 5 at 12:00 pm at the W.A. Edwards Family Centre. Courtesy parking at Saskatoon Funeral Home (corner of 4th Ave and 25th St). Donations in his memory can be made to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home. Ph 244-5577.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from June 30 to July 3, 2012