Dale was born in Erskine on November 9, 1925 to Thomas and Cora Handyside. He was raised on the family farm north of Erskine with his sisters Ruth, Jean, Audrey and brother Tommy. Dale married Millie Schiffner in 1948 and took over the family farm. Together, they raised two children, Linda and Doug. Dale continued to farm until 1972 at which time he and Millie moved to their current home in Stettler. Dale became an established carpenter of farm buildings – a job that he dearly loved because it allowed him to remain close to the land and many of the farmers in Stettler and surrounding areas. He was a great boss, mentor and role model to a number of young men and women whom worked part-time and full time with him over the years. Dale retired from the day to day heavy lifting of building construction to smaller, home improvement and repair projects before finally fully retiring and pursuing hobbies such as golf, curling and bowling.
Dale passed away on October 11, 2014 at the age of 88. Dale will be most remembered for his kindness, patience, honesty, quiet and soft-spoken nature and his smile. He was dearly loved and respected by family, friends and an entire community. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Millie; sisters Jean and Audrey; daughter Linda (Leonard) in Stettler and son Doug (Brenda) in Perth Australia; grandchildren Heather Resch (Scott) in Grande Prairie, Kelly Martin in Calgary, Dr. Krista Handyside in Seattle and Jonathan Handyside in London, England; great grandchildren Madeline, Marissa and Joel Resch. Dale was predeceased by his sister Ruth and brother Tommy. A celebration of Dale’s life was held on October 16th in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Pastor Don Wudel of Heartland Cowboy Church officiating. Loving family tributes were presented by son Doug and granddaughter Heather. Evelyn Strandquist shared her gift of music as organist for the congregational hymns. Following the service friends and family joined together for a time of sharing memories and a light luncheon prepared and served by Teresa’s Catering. Dale was laid to rest in the Erskine Cemetery beside his parents and brother. Donations in his memory are gratefully accepted to the Erskine Cemetery or the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and arrangements. To send or view condolences to Dale’s family please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com