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Cowan photoDale Cowan

Dale was born Saturday, February 20,1954 in Hamiota , Manitoba and passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Flin Flon General Hospital, Flin Flon, Manitoba, after losing his battle to cancer, at the age of 64 years.

He was able to stay in the comfort of his home in Cranberry Portage until his final few hours.

Dale is survived by his wife Tina Umpherville; mother Betty Forster (John); brother Barry (Lorna); sister Donna Rae Bargen (John); niece Lisa Nickerson (Stefan) and family.

Dale was predeceased by his father Donald Cowan; grandparents William and Mary Cowan, Ewbank and Norah Edmundson.

Dale grew up in Carman, Manitoba but his adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors drew him to the North. Dale came to Cranberry Portage for a drive on his motorcycle in the early 70’s and he fell in love with this northern community. He returned every summer and eventually started working as a fishing guide for the lodges. He would go South in the winter months to work as a flooring installer. He befriended the old local guides and trappers and learned many valuable skills from them. He spent a winter with Johnny Moody on the trap line as a helper.

The next fall he was hired by the Highways Department which enabled him to reside in the North permanently. This is where he made lifelong friends and it was during this time that he met his future wife Tina Umpherville who was attending Frontier Collegiate. A few more years went by and he was hired at Frontier Collegiate based on his outdoor skills. This was truly his calling as he absolutely loved working with the students. He moved ahead in the organization and became the Residence Administrator. He never lost his passion for work. He often said that if the time came that he wasn’t looking forward going to work he would retire. After 40 years this never happened as he was forced to retire due to health issues.

Dale was a very skilled individual, any project he attempted was done with a lot of thought and planning. Including building his own home.

He invested in the town by volunteering in programs and projects. He was involved in the Community Futures Program where the wilderness weekend was launched. He was also on the C.P. Fire Department for a few years. His work for the F.C.I. Residence became very demanding and he could no longer volunteer his time. The phone never quit ringing after work hours. Many times while he was on the land line his cell phone would be ringing at the same time.

For one season he taught a government sponsored guide training program. As usual he tackled this with great enthusiasm and therefore it was a successful program.

Dale and Tina both loved adventure and travel. Every break a trip was planned to Mexico, Central America, and the Southern United States. Staying at resorts was of no interest to Dale and Tina, instead they preferred to rent a vehicle to tour and embrace the local culture. Some favorite activities included hiking, scuba diving in the Caribbean, sailing around the keys in Belize and downhill skiing in Alberta.

Not only was Dale an avid fisherman, he also enjoyed Moose hunting. In his later years he didn’t care if he got his moose, he just appreciated the practice of hunting. Another memorable hunt for him was the caribou hunt in Brochet, with his brother-in-law Clifford.

Some other hobbies he enjoyed are photography, metal detecting, woodworking, sausage making, cooking and he loved to grocery shop.

In the summer months there was always a lot of company. Dale would have everything organized and ready to take people fishing and preparing shore lunches. Every time someone came to visit with their children, Dale would ensure the kids were entertained and kept busy. Any kid that was fortunate enough to have this experience was left with lasting memories.

Dale will always be remembered as a man who enjoyed life and he will be forever missed by many.

SERVICES OF REMEMBRANCE Tuesday, May 15, 2018 11:00 a.m. Frontier Collegiate Auditorium Cranberry Portage, Manitoba

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