William ‘Dale’ Chilton

William ‘Dale’ Chilton

August 16, 1936 - May 15, 2024

As published in the May 20, 2024 World-Spectator


William ‘Dale’ Chilton died peacefully at home in Chase, British Columbia on May 15, 2024, surrounded by family.

Survived by his wife of 66 years Evelyn (nee Lewis of Welwyn, Saskatchewan), daughter Cindy, son Doug (Pam and daughter Georgia), daughter-in-law Kathy (Anthony), grandsons Jordan and Brock (Anissa) and great-grandson Wesley. Dad was predeceased by son Glen in 2009.

Born in 1936 in Rocanville, Saskatchewan, Dad determined early on that he was not cut out for farming! To this day, folklore has it that Dad was a mischievous, charming youngster who roamed the southeast Saskatchewan area, often sweet talking his way out of predicaments with authority.

Moving to British Columbia in his late teens, he soon used his boyish good looks and persuasive personality to entice Evelyn to follow him.

Dad became enamored with the logging industry for 25 years during which time he worked in numerous small communities on Northern Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, working his way up to Head Office in Vancouver.

During these same years Dad obtained his private pilot license and served as Town Councillor and as a member of the Board of Directors for School District #85 and the Alert Bay Hospital.

With the assistance of colleagues and small town business partners, Dad was instrumental in initiating the construction of the initial Port McNeill Airport and the Port McNeill Regional Arena. In 2010, Dad was humbled and honored when the arena was renamed The Chilton Regional Arena.

Dad and mom eventually migrated to the British Columbia Interior, living first in Kimberley, then in Chase, where they were business owners and avid golfers.

They also had the good fortune of owning a home in Glendale, Arizona where they spent many winters and formed lifelong friendships within their Sunday golf group.

Dad and the family are grateful for the care he received in Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, prior to his passing.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice is appreciated, as you are raising a glass to dad!