JOHN DALE VOSPER
May 5, 1948 - June 27, 2018
Peacefully, on June 27th 2018, with family by his side, Dale Vosper passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Dale will be sadly missed by his wife of 47 years, Linda; and by his sons Dustin (Nancy), Scott, and Rob (Gemma); grandsons Matthew and Luke; and granddaughters Celia-Rose and Henrietta. Also mourning his passing are his sister Sherry Bell (Doug), sister-in-laws Kathy Hamelin (Ian) and Judith Walsh (Keith), alongside numerous nieces and nephews and by his mother-in-law Martha Whittington.
Dale was predeceased by his father, Jack Vosper, his mother, Lauraine Lajoie, and his father-in-law, Cam Whittington.
Dale was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on May 5th, 1948, then moved to Winnipeg at a very young age. He grew up in Sargent Park, attending Principal Sparling Elementary School and Sargent Park Junior High. The family moved to Heritage Park, where Dale attended Westwood Collegiate, then finished high school at John Taylor. Shortly after high school, Dale started working for Thomas Rathwell Limited. This began a very successful forty-seven-year career in sales and management. When Thomas Rathwell’s major brand, Inglis Appliances, made a distribution move going direct, Dale took the opportunity to join them. He spent the last twenty-five years of his career with Inglis (subsequently Whirlpool Canada), retiring in 2016.
Dale and Linda married on June 5th, 1971. Their three boys grew up in the St. Charles area of Winnipeg, where Dale became actively involved in the community. He took pride in both coaching and managing his sons’ sports teams. As was his nature, Dale was known for his support of fair play and inclusion of all players. As President of the St. Charles Community Club, he played an instrumental role in the merger of the St. Charles and Crestview Community Clubs into what is now known as the Assiniboia West Recreation Association. Dale was also a member of the Optimist Club of Assiniboia, becoming President, receiving the Optimist of the Year award which recognised his service for youth in the community.
Dale loved nature and the outdoors, and his home at Barrier Bay in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, where he lived and worked for the past eleven years, and was known to have the odd spell of relaxation on the ‘Dock of the Bay’.
Dale and Linda enjoyed travelling to exotic locations with their friends, ‘The Amigos’, and to England to visit their son Rob and his family.
Dale was a man of great integrity. He was a man who held the principles of respect and kindness in the highest regard which is displayed by the innumerable friendships he made and kept throughout his life.
A celebration of Dale’s life will be held between 2 – 4 p.m. on July 5th, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road, Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to either Cancer Care Manitoba or the Canadian Diabetes Association.
The family would also like to thank the WRHA Palliative Care Program and Riverview Health Centre for their care and support for Dale and the family.
Memories, Stories and Condolences
Please share a story, photo, memory or condolences for the family by completing the form below and click "comment".