Dale, James Michael “Jim” – Passed away peacefully in his home with loved ones by his side, on Monday, August 15, 2016.
Jim will be greatly missed by his loving partner, Judy Robertson, and her daughters, Stephanie and Marine. Jim will always be in the hearts of his children, John and Jessie Dale; their mother, Nora Macnee; and his sisters, Norah, Barbara, and Kathy. He was predeceased by his mother, Kathleen Dale in June of this year and by his father, James Dale, Sr. (1988).
Born in Ottawa in 1955, Jim grew up in Massachusetts and spent every summer at the family camp in Damariscotta, Maine on Pemaquid Lake. Jim moved to Nova Scotia in 1976 to attend Dalhousie University where he did a Masters in biochemistry. In his early years, Jim worked as a marine biologist and later turned himself to teaching and fine woodworking. Throughout his life, he pursued his passions of music and song writing, sailing, ecology, and fine woodworking. In his younger years, Jim sailed his wooden ketch Olanda to the Bahamas after totally refitting her. Jim and Judy also sailed in remote areas in Patagonia, Chile as well as coastal Nova Scotia, and enjoyed trips hiking in Europe and the Rockies, as recently as this past June. Jim was quick to offer help to those in need and had a generous and caring soul. Being a man of so many talents, Jim has left us with many gifts, most that we do not yet recognize. He was passionate about everything he did and continued to the end to show us incredible strength and wisdom. There were so many layers to his wonderful personality and we are all so blessed to have had him in our lives. He was a true Renaissance man.
Thank you to his many friends who supported him through the past year of his illness – especially Mike Murray who kept the music alive. Thanks to the wonderful palliative team of the QEII and the VON who gave us the support necessary to keep Jim home.
The family invites friends to join them for an informal celebration of Jim’s life and an evening of music at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Thursday, August 18th at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Jim Dale to QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation. Please direct your contributions to support the Liposarcoma Research Fund. Donate (www.QE2foundation.ca/memory) by calling 1 888 428 0220, or by mailing a gift to the QEII Foundation, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Park Lane Mall, Box 231, Halifax, NS B3J 3R4.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.