Robert Arthur Dale

February 21, 1936 - June 10, 2023

In Loving Memory

Robert Arthur Dale

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert Arthur Dale on Saturday, June 10th, 2023, at the age of 87.  Rob was born to Walter and May Dale, February 21, 1936, in Enderby B.C.

Rob was a well-known member of the local Enderby and Kingfisher communities, spending his entire life in the area. Rob lost both his parents by the time he was 16, when he went to work ‘in-the-bush’.  He worked as a logger his entire career, mostly with Baird Bros. He was also a farmer, taking over the Dale family homestead and farm in 1965 from his uncle Douglas.

Rob met the love of his life, Marion, at the 1956 Jumble Dance at Kingfisher Hall.  They obviously saw through the ‘Jumble’ as they were married less than a year later in May of 1957.  He always had a keen sense of humour, a friendly smile and wave, and answered to Robert, Rob, Bob, or Gramps.  He was also well known as ‘Uncle Rob’ to many young members of the Kingfisher community. Rob retired at the age of 57 in 1993, having already worked for 41 years.  Unable to just sit around, he bought a small dozer and puttered around the farm when he and Marion were not camping, fishing, travelling, or attending various music festivals or concerts.

Rob had a great passion for local history and was a life-member of the Okanagan Historical Society. Having reached only grade 9 before having to go to work, he took great pride in having several stories published in the Society’s annual report.

Rob is predeceased by both parents, brothers Malcolm and Kenneth, and son Alan.  He leaves behind his wife Marion, sons Ward (Barb), and Alec (Angela), granddaughter Reanne (Colton), and great grandchildren Harper, Walker, and Palmer. He also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family throughout B.C., Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the United States.

A celebration of life will be held 2:00-4:00pm, July 22nd, 2023, at the Kingfisher Hall, 3337 Mabel Lake Rd.

Instead of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Robert’s name to either the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society ( or the Okanagan Historical Society (Armstrong-Enderby Br.) Support the OHS | Okanagan Historical Society (

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-546-7237

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-546-7237

2980 Smith Dr,
Armstrong, BC V0E 1B1

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 10

  1. sue and romeo edwards says:

    our condolences to marion and family

  2. Bill and Ida Arcand says:

    We wish to express our condolences to Marion and the Dale family. Rob was a dependable and kind neighbour, “uncle” and friend to our family. He will be deeply missed yet kindly remembered.

  3. Alana Brookes & Terry Price says:

    Our deepest condolences to Marion & family. Rob will be fondly remembered as an integral part of the Kingfisher community.
    All our love Terry & Alana

  4. Donlea and Family says:

    Dear Rob was truly one of the Best of men! Rest in Peace! 💖🎆
    Donlea, Ken, Amanda, Kelsie

  5. Bonnie & Dave Lundquist says:

    Dave and myself offer our most sincere condolences to the entire Dale family. Due to prior commitments, we will be unable to attend Rob’s celebration of his life. Our thought will be with you as you share memories and say goodbye.
    Warm regards, Dave & Bonnie Lundquist

  6. John and Karen Lavigne says:

    So very to hear of Robs passing. A great guy, he will be sorely missed. Our condolences Marion.

  7. Art and Diane Norlin says:

    Our condolences to Marion and the Dale family.

  8. Joe and Gail Miler says:

    Our sincere condolences to Marion and family.

  9. Jan Lacko & George Jameson says:

    Sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Rob told wonderful, historically correct stories connecting the community for so many of us. He was the one to welcome us ‘hippies’ as we tried to find our place in the Kingfisher community. A gentle man who made you feel a little bit better every time you talked. Our hearts are with the family in this sad time.

  10. Bert & Val says:

    Marion and Family
    We are so very sorry to hear of Rob’s Passing. Rob was just all around a great guy.

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