3863 Evan Dale Crook



Bill Campbell; 12 Aug 05

Dale had asked me to send this message to you, with a copy to Al, for you to disseminate to his Classmates. I have copied it directly to this e-mail.

3863 CROOK, E. Dale,CD
8th Canadian Hussars (PL)

His obituary from the Ottawa Citizen is as follows:

Dale died peacefully at home on August 12, 2005 in his 71st year after a courageous battle with cancer. His death marked the end of a lifetime relationship with Patricia, his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years. Will be dearly missed by his children, Colin (Donna) and Bonnie and by his grandchildren, twins Christopher and Bradley who were very special to Dale. Sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, Debbie, Dail, Don and David. Pre-deceased by his parents, Evan Robert and Muriel O"Regan and by his only sister, Irma.
Dale grew up in Richmond, Quebec and attended St Francis College High School. He completed his senior matriculation at Quebec High School and entered the military college at Royal Roads. He graduated from the Royal Military College and completed his BEng at McGill. Dale and Patricia were married in 1958, and started their military life in Gagetown. Dale served in Germany, England, and in the United States. He served a year with the International Control Commission in Vietnam. After retiring from the military, he went to the National Research Council where he was a program manager in the Space Division which subsequently moved to the Space Agency. He retired from the Space Agency in 1995, the year his cancer was first diagnosed. Dale was active in his retirement, a volunteer with the Red Cross, a member of the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club and active as a volunteer at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, a Director on the Pike Lake Association, and a key Director and active member of the Ottawa Duck Club. Dale was an ardent naturalist, and nature photographer. He marveled at all forms of fauna and flora, and was happiest when in the woods either observing or photographing. He cherished his brotherhood with his RMC classmates and with the Hussar family. He enjoyed golfing and skiing with his wife and friends. His career, family, friends and many interests provided a rich and full life.
Visitation will take place on Monday, August 15th, 2005 between 7 to 9 PM at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 Macleod Street, Ottawa. A celebration of Dale's life will be held at the McGarry Chapel beginning at 1000 hrs the following morning, Tuesday August 16th. Internment will follow at The National Military Cemetery at Beechwood. Donations in Dale's memory can be made to the Palliative Care Outreach Program, 1455 Woodroffe Ave S. Nepean, ON K2G 1W1.

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you"

The family would like to thank the staff at the ORCC for their care and compassion during Dale's treatments. Special were his oncologists, Dr Tomiak and Dr Young and the nurses in the Chemo Treatment Room. The Palliative Care Outreach Program provided compassionate support and care in our home.

Emails for Pat and family can be sent to me or to their email:
The Crook home address remains: 98 Renfrew Ave Ottawa ,ON K1S 1Z8

Bill Campbell: 12 Aug 05

Dale died at home this morning at 5:50 having fought a long, sad, brave battle with multiple cancer.  All his family had been with him during the last few days. I spent a few precious minutes with him one week ago.

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