In memory of

May Dale

February 18, 1934 -  September 10, 2023

May Dale
Feb. 18, 1934 – Sept. 10, 2023

Passed away peacefully, at North York General Hospital on Sept. 10, 2023.
Beloved wife to Mel for 61 years. Adored by son Craig (Bruce) and daughter Andrea (Amrit). Loving Nana to Cole, David, and Mila (Frankie) and the newest family member – Arlo. Predeceased by Mother, Letitia Campbell and siblings Rachel and Willy.

May was born in Glasgow, Scotland on Feb. 18, 1934. At the tender age of 14, May traveled with her mother to Canada to provide support to sister Rachel who was a war bride and had settled with her new husband in remote Quebec. Following, May and Letitia resettled to Toronto for Letitia to secure employment and begin a new life in Canada. Toronto became home for the balance of May’s life. Canada offered a remedy to early childhood strife including poverty, family disputes and parental divorce. Emigration and settlement in Toronto provided the foundation to a new, rewarding life comprising employment, financial opportunity, family, friends, community, and happiness.

Despite a limited education, May was intelligent, curious, articulate, well-read and a beauty. Before meeting and marrying Mel, May’s pursuits spanned modelling, communications, volunteerism, and work at Eaton’s supporting the legendary Eaton’s catalogue. May and Mel met at a political event and courting quickly led to marriage in 1962. Both May and Mel shared similar early life experiences, growing up in a father-less home with little financial security and hard-working mothers caring for their children. Together, May and Mel set off to build a life that provided stability, certainty, and promise. They built their family quickly. Andrea was born in 1963 and Craig in 1965.

Together, May and Mel established an expansive network of friends enriched through those they met at the Donalda Club in Toronto and the Wyndemere Club in Naples, Florida. Their pursuits spanned sports such as tennis and golf, worldwide travel, hosting parties, and limitless support of their children and their respective goals.

May was creative and explored this side of her personality through food, fashion, interior design, home building/renovation and an insatiable curiosity for reading and learning. Her favorite moments were spent curled up on her favorite sofa with a book resting on her lap.

May deeply loved her family and the moments spent together, both great and small. We remain always together – always forever. Special appreciation is extended to Amelia (Maria), a longstanding provider of support and companionship to our family for 46 years.

Cremation has taken place. A private, family celebration of life will take place at a future date.
The family extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the nurses and physicians at North York General Hospital who provided care to May over the final three weeks of her life.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to please consider a donation to North York General Hospital.


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Leasa Knechtel & Family (Friend)

Entered September 15, 2023 from Toronto

We are so sorry for your loss. We hope you are able to take time to celebrate May’s life and share memories. Sending love. Leasa (and family)

Lucinda and Bob Becker (Family friend)

Entered September 16, 2023 from Mactier

Heartfelt condolences to all of the Dale family. May was a wonderful woman and we enjoyed spending time with her. What a full and interesting life she had We will miss her too.

Andrew Halmagyi (friend)

Entered September 16, 2023 from Toronto

Dear Dale family
As a long time friend ,we would like to express our condolences to the Dale family.
We remember all the good times we spent together over the years and May will be missed from our circle of friends.
Dear May, R.I.P. ,you will be remembered and the memory of knowing you will be cherished.
Andrew and Lili HALMAGYI

Margaret Stainsby (Friend)

Entered September 16, 2023 from Thornhill

My heartfelt condolence to you on the loss of your special lady. Both of you are often in my thoughts especially at tax time. May happy memories sustain you during this time of loss.

Eleanore lewis (Friend)

Entered September 17, 2023 from Toronto

We send our condolences to the whole family at this very sad time.
We remember our dear neighbours from (first) the Henry Farm and later Don Mills.
Our acquaintance went back over 55 years when Andrea and Craig were little.
Some wonderful memories of the best kind of neighbours you would want.
Our whole family shares your sadness. With love Gary and Eleanore


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