we touched this same spot with our hands, our feet, our gaze and our dreams

Thursday, July 01, 2010

OBITUARY~Daniel Thompson Dale

November 16, 1919  -  June 29, 2010


Daniel Dale and his wife Joan were supported by many faithful churches and friends during their thirty four years of missionary service in Japan. The churches were: Calvary Baptist Church, South Bend, IN, First Baptist Church, Alexandria, IN, Grace Baptist Church, Ottawa, IL, Winnetka Bible Church, Winnetka, IL, Bethel Community Church, Washougal, WA, Bethany Church, Sierra Madre, CA, Trinity Evangelical Free Church, South Bend, IN, Adele Prince Bible Class-First Methodist Church, Fuquay-Varina, NC, and Westwood Evangelical Free Church, Westwood, MA.

Daniel, Dan, D.T. was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He adored his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. Dan loved people and the Lord and shared his joy of living and generosity of spirit wherever he was – in Japan, in churches, in colleges and universities, traveling, at the Y, at home. Dan was among many things, a pastor, a lover of the Lord, a preacher, a teacher, an artist, a storyteller, a cook, a jam maker, fluent in Japanese, a translator in Japan for Willem de Kooning, a small town Fuquay boy, a world traveler, an antique collector and dealer, a small businessman, an ardent supporter of the poor and downtrodden, an urban pioneer, a lover of anise and See’s candies, an introducer of books and music-Dave Brubeck, Victory Baptist Choir, Frederick Delius to family and friends, a reader, always curious and interested in the events of the world around him, and a man who encouraged his family and friends to live in, experience, and enjoy the world that God has created in all its diversity.

Surviving is his wife Joan of Raleigh, NC, son, David Timothy and wife Deborah and sons, Matthew and Andrew of Raleigh, NC. Son, Daniel Thomas and wife Smruti and son Nicholas of San Diego, CA. Son, John Andrew and wife Beverly and sons, Jordan, Julian, and Jamison of Chicago, IL. Son, Peter Nathanial and daughter Christiana of Tokyo, Japan and daughter, Joanna Stephanie and husband Januck Polikaitis and children: Rachel and Alex of Corona, CA. He is also survived by a brother, J.W. Dale and his wife Imogene of Adele, GA; sister in law Hazel Dale of Jacksonville, FL; many beloved nephews, nieces, cousins and friends in Japan and the U.S.A.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kobe Bible Church, Kobe, Japan in C/O The Evangelical Alliance Mission, Box 969, Wheaton, IL. 60189-0969.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 101 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh, NC.

Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Please share your memories, stories, and pictures of Daniel Dale on his memorial website.

This Guest Book will remain online until 7/31/2010

Published in The News & Observer on July 1, 2010

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