Walter Dale Fisher
Nov. 19, 1939 – April 10, 2020
It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Dale Fisher announces his passing on April 10, 2020.
Dale is survived by his loving wife Villa, children Ken (Anita), Brad, Shelly Barless (Bill), Kevin (Ria), Nealle Dickson (Kyle), Jennifer Bashow (Adam), grandchildren Tyler (Jenn), Torrie (Kevin), Landon, Riley, Mackenzie, Camryn, Triston, Owen, Maddison, and great-grandchildren Georgia, Avery and Bronson, his sister Jane (Don) Borbridge and families and numerous nieces and nephews. Dale was predeceased by his parents Grace and Walter, his sister Betty and his ex-wife Darlene. Pieces of his heart are shared with Ken Playford and Bev Graham, Charlie Abraham, Harlen Dixon, Ron Pollock and Louie and Shirley Harris.
Dale was born in Nordegg and moved to Devon in 1954. Nordegg remained his #1. He was very proud of the work done by the Nordegg Recreation Society while he was president to purchase the campground for use by former Nordegg residents and their descendants. Many of his are using it today. He kept a strong bond with the Stoney people at the Big Horn Reserve. He and Charlie Abraham (Abraham Lake was named after Charlie’s Grandfather) hunted, fished, caught and broke wild horses and took hunters from all over the world with their pack outfitting business.
Dale’s move to Devon was definitely a benefit to all who live here today. During his 66 years in Devon his sole purpose was to improve his community. He did that well. He served as mayor for 15 years and sat on council for six. Some of his more notable achievements were the arena (which was renamed The Dale Fisher Arena), Centennial Park, new water plant, pool, fire hall and hospital; as well, the RCMP detachment, one million gallon underground water reservoir, Coal Research Centre, Cemetery, Pioneer 73 Club, Devon Drillers Junior Hockey, new administration building, industrial park and many others that we all enjoy today. In the early 1960s he was one of the founders of the Devon Minor Hockey Association and coached for 19 years. He also served on the volunteer fire department, was president of the Fish and Game, served as Cub and Scout leader and was a Legion member for 59 years. His most significant accomplishment was 40 years of sobriety, thanks to AA.
Dale loved to be busy. He did this by owning and operating Big Horn Maintenance for 26 years. He also owned and operated Wildcat Mercury with Keith Fowler. Being appointed to the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council also made him proud. He then ended his career with 18 years on the Land Compensation and Surface Rights Board.
Dale married Darlene in 1958 and their three children were born and raised, and still reside, in and around Devon.
His second marriage to Villa meant raising three more kids which he did willingly. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Dale always had such pride in his six kids, each and every one successful in their own right. They provided him with such joy as they started their own lives, provided spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our lives were full until the final day.
We will all love and miss you forever.
God saw you getting tired
And the cure was not to be;
So he wrapped you in his loving arms
And whispered ‘Come with Me.’
You suffered much in silence,
Your spirit did not bend;
You faced your pain with courage
Until the very end.
You tried so hard to stay with us,
Your fight was all in vain.
God took you in His loving arms
And saved you from all pain.
We want to thank Dr. Khullar for all that he did for Dale. As well, all of the staff at the Misericordia Hospital for the kindness and love they gave to Dale in his final days. These were trying times and all of you were wonderful.
We also want to thank the Town of Devon for lowering the flags. What a beautiful tribute. Please watch the Town of Devon website for a video tribute to Dale, done by his sons, Ken and Brad.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Devon Historical Society and Museum, 2 Kawartha Street, Devon, AB, T9G 1B7.