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January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

It is with profound regret that we announce the passing of Dale Leon Hoornaert on February 18, 2014 at the Vancouver General Hospital where he was awaiting a lung transplant. Survived by his loving wife of 44 years Diane and daughter Jan (Darren) Lewis and their children, Josiah and Nevaeh, all of Windsor, ON; two sisters, Yvonne (Doug) Waines, Elaine (Dan) Thomas and his mother Jolane Hoornaert. Dale worked for many years as part of the production team at Hiram Walker & Sons Distilleries. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:00pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 47 Squire Bakers Lane, Markham, ON L3P 3G8 or http://www.canadianpulmonaryfibrosis.ca/donate/. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”



Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:00pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for HOORNAERT, Dale Leon is scheduled for Friday, February 28, 2014 at 1:00pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Gail Harrison says:

    Dear Diane and family,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing and please know that I am thinking about you! He was a wonderful person and I truly enjoyed our chats, you were both so wonderful together! Hug his memories and cherish those wonderful times…my sincere condolences…

  • Judith Wagner says:

    Diane, I don’t know whether you remember me or not, but I remember you and I want you to know I am so sorry for the loss of your husband.. I lost my husband and so I know how sad you must be feeling. Sending along best wishes to you and for you to know that you are in my thoughts.

  • Mike Madden says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Dale when he was in Windsor.
    Always a positive smiling face, a honour to have known him.
    Please accept my condolences for your loss.

  • Joe and Ann Malmsten says:

    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Joe and Ann
    Kelowna B.C.

  • Jim Mayne says:

    Dear Diane and family,
    Dale and I shared flying fun and adventures 40 years ago. Dale was my “check Pilot” when it was time to test fly my recently rebuilt Cessna 170. I managed to “ground loop” on the very first landing. There was no damage done and we were pointed the right way down the runway. I asked Dale “what happened”?? He said: “I don’t know, I’ve never done that before! We took off again and everything ended well.

    I always enjoyed visiting with you and Dale. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

    Jim Mayne

  • Bill Fellows says:

    To the Hoornart Family:
    Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Dale both at the Okanagan Distillery and at Walkerville in Ontario.
    Dale was an outstanding employee, and it was an honour to know and work with him.
    But the best part of our relationship had nothing to do with work, as we were both Pilots and aircraft owners. Having flown with Dale in both our respective planes, it was always a marvel to me just how skillful a pilot he was.
    In my opinion, knowing Dale was an unforgettable experience, and I consider our relationship as a most fortunate circumstance, and knowing him was indeed an honour.

  • John Goedhart says:

    I’m sorry to hear of Dales passing. I knew Dale through the flying club, civil air search and rescue and a shared passion for aviation. Many weekend afternoons at the airport chatting with Dale of flying and flight sim’ing. Spent a number of hours flying with Dale when he was with air search and rescue. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.

  • Lori and Dave Cmar says:

    Dear Diane and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Dale. He was a great person.

    It was wonderful to have had your family at our home in LaSalle. We are still in your ‘old’ house on Minto Street, so Diane, please feel free to visit when you are in the area.
    Lori and Dave Cmar
    LaSalle, Ontario

  • Irene Beauchamp says:

    To: Yvonne & family,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother. God Bless

    Irene (Stari) Beauchamp

  • Dr. Maurice Malin says:

    I did not know Dale very long, but I must say he was a wonderfull person and fellow RC Flyer. We will all miss him at the field.

  • John & Marta Loskot says:

    Dear Diane,
    Please accept our deepest condolences to passing of your beloved husband Dale.
    For us,who had the privilege to know him for the past few years, it will very difficult to accept the fact that he is gone for ever.
    If we can be of any help, please let us know.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this difficult time.
    John and Marta

  • Keith Royston says:

    A very special man has left us and will always be remembered as a kind and individual with special talents.My fondest memories of Dale was our trips to Madison ,Wisconson. I am sure the flights would have been more enjoyable for him if he was piloting. He was a special friend and my sincere condolences go out to you Diane and your family. He will be missed terribly.

    Keith & Bev Royston

  • Ferne Hymanyk (Wallbank) says:

    Diane -Please accept our deepest condolences to passing of your beloved husband Dale. I remember Dale and you from Sherman Drive so many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Jean Fournier says:

    To the Hoornart Family,
    I met Dale at the RC flying club two years ago and we naturally talked about planes. He commented that he always knew when I was flying because I had the streamers shining and he could see them above the field from his home. So now, when the streamers shine I will think about what a great guy he was and I know he will still see the streamers shine from above.
    Please accept my most sincere condolences.
    Jean Fournier.

  • Betty Marjerrison says:

    Dear Jan and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Colleen and I have been thinking of you and your mom and extended family everyday. We pray as time passes your sorry will heal.
    Betty Marjerrison

  • Bruce Shepherd says:

    So very sorry to learn of Dale’s passing, and not soon enough to attend his service. Dale was a best buddy through Osoyoos school days. So many good memories made with him. Riding our bikes (he of course had the fancy one)& playing with model planes, dreaming of flying for real — and he was one of the few I knew who made that dream reality. May your skies be blue and the flight smooth, buddy….

  • Stewart Detjen says:

    We are left with our own personnel and very good memories of Dale. Shauna and I will take credit for introducing Dale and Diane on that Halloween night of 1970. Dale and I married cousins in the same year and became neighbours almost 30 Years latter. On one of our flights down the East Side of the Okanagan Valley, Dale flew “Oscar Kilo” just in a wispy cloud with just the top of the plane out of the cloud. When I looked over to see if Dale was doing this on purpose, His huge grin was answer enough. The day You said Goodbye to this Good Man We sat on the Maui Beach He so loved. Aloha Dale. Shauna&Stewart

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