Dale Francis James


It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dale Francis James Tousignant on February 12th, 2015 at the age of 63 years.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Alphonse and Eileen. He is survived by his wife, Melanie, to whom he was married for 37 years; his three children, Cody, Carson and Brenna; his five siblings, Sharyn (Jim) Almond, Victor (Kathleen) Tousignant, Duane (Paulette) Tousignant, Sheila Tousignant and Rhonda (Padraig OSiadhail) Tousignant; and his many beloved nieces and nephews. Dale was a loving husband and father, dedicated to the well being of his family. He was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to the Okanagan in 1977 where he was married at the age of 26.

Dale touched innumerable lives over the course of a 31- year teaching career. He taught at Charles Bloom, Alexis Park, Vernon Secondary School, and Harwood. The majority of his teaching years were spent at Harwood, where the staff, with their camaraderie, made his career endlessly interesting and a lot of fun. He retired in 2011.

Dale’s interests were diverse: he’ll be remembered as an active cross-country skier and cyclist. Motorcycling, both on and off road, was a lifelong passion of his. He spent countless hours exploring the forest service roads in the Terrace Mountain area and also took great pleasure in yearly road trips with family and friends. Dale was a rabid Montreal Canadiens fan and could often be overheard razzing his Bruins and Canucks fan friends after Habs wins. He has been described as a walking encyclopedia, which made him an excellent conversationalist; he could speak to anyone about almost anything. Dale was proficient in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. He taught French at school and made use of his Spanish while travelling in Central and South America with family. Dale was also famous for his barbequed chicken, which was zealously requested whenever family and friends were gathered.

Dale spent many hours at the Tousignant family cabin at Fintry. He loved his time there, both alone and with family and friends. Dale enjoyed hauling firewood, so much so that friends and family were never lacking in fuel for a roaring bonfire. One of his favourite pastimes was sitting in front of a nice fire overlooking the lake.

Dale’s work ethic was second to none. This was reflected in his teaching career and evident in his stalwart commitment to his friends and family. Dale could be relied on to drop everything at a moment’s notice to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Dale’s Life which will take place at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room.

At the conclusion of the Service, books entitled “What We Remember Best” will be placed in the foyer and the family invites you to record a special memory you have or an experience you shared with Dale in one of these books. Please come prepared to record a memory in this way so the family will have this tribute to keep forever. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to bethelchapel@uniserve.com as well, which will then be given to Dale’s family.

Dale struggled with depression throughout his life. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in his memory to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Vernon Branch, 3100-28th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1W3.

Funeral arrangements have been made with


5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5


Vernon Morning Star

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