MACDONALD, Lorne “Dale”
Lorne “Dale” MacDonald passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the age of 83 years. Dale was born in Russell, MB, and spent his later teenage years in Saskatoon, SK, where he met and later married his wife of 63 years, Barbara Ann Hodgson.
Dale attended the University of Michigan on a hockey scholarship, where he was team captain in his senior year. In 1961, he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He went on to play pro-hockey for three years with the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Dale continued to play hockey at a competitive level until he was 72.
Following his pro hockey career, Dale worked in Human Resources with Federated Co-op and Duval Potash Mine, in Saskatoon. He moved to Calgary in 1971, to work in the oil industry and finished his career as Vice President of H.R. at Pan Canadian Petroleum Limited. Dale and Barb retired to their favorite place; their cabin in Fairmont, BC, where they enjoyed 39 years of wonderful memories with their family and friends.
Dale and Barb were blessed with two cherished children, Michele (Neil), and Bruce (Karon); wonderful grandchildren, Nicole, Lindsey (Alan), Jessica (Curtis), Dale (Marilyn), and Zakk (Michaela); and precious great-grandchildren Jordyn, Miles, and Blake; all who will miss Dale dearly. Dale is also survived by his brother Terry (Denise), and sister Lori (Geoff).
Dale loved cheering on his favorite teams the Calgary Flames, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and his alma mater, The University of Michigan, which he was inducted into the hall of fame in 1981. He was an avid golfer and loved his model-trains, but his true passion was playing hockey.
We wish to thank everyone for their prayers and support at this difficult time. A Celebration of Dale’s Life is being planned for this spring in Fairmont. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, www.salvationarmy.ca, or by phone 403-410-1112.
In living memory of Dale MacDonald, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.