July 28, 1938 - March 14, 2023
Dale died peacefully surrounded by loving family members. He is survived by his beloved wife Louise Rose (Lucy) Stewart, his brother Nick Stewart (Andrea Williamson), five daughters: Jennifer Stewart (Thierry Roule), Amy Stewart (Lionel McNeely), Erica Stewart, Dawn-Louise McLeod (Russell Miller), and Colleen Semple (Bruce), his son Joseph Stewart (Jocelyn), 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a large extended family.
Dale was born to Joseph Edward and Winnifred Ann in Winnipeg and grew up in San Francisco, California. He attended Reed College in Portland, received his BA in mathematics from UC Berkeley, and became a computer programmer for NASA Ames Research Lab and others. He returned to Canada in 1970 to settle with his second wife Lucy in Vancouver and work at UBC as part of a pioneering team using computers for heart research. Lifelong readers, Dale and Lucy co-founded Blackberry Books on Granville Island in 1979, opening three more locations, before retiring to Sechelt in 2008.
Dale approached life with joy and optimism. He had a dry sense of humor, loved dancing, and music from jazz to opera. Dale sang in many choirs over the years, most recently in the St. John's United Church Choir. He sang with the Vancouver City Singers for several years and performed at Vancouver's Expo 86. He was also a passionate movie fan with a love for film fests and Turner Classic Movies. He and Lucy loved to travel, play bridge, and entertain friends.
The family would like to thank Sunshine Coast's home care nurses and in particular Kathleen for all of their help and compassion in his final months.
A memorial service will be held at St. John's United Church in Davis Bay on April 27th.