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Date of Passing: Jan 29, 2022

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The family of Dale Gibson is saddened to announce his death at the age of 88 in Edmonton, Alberta on January 29, 2022, after a short illness and hospital stay, which was exacerbated by recently contracting COVID-19. He was predeceased by his mother Anna and father Ben Gibson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, his sister Carol Bernsten (Allen) of Oliver, British Columbia, and his nephew Remy Smith of Winnipeg.
Dale was born in 1933 in Winnipeg. He earned a BA from United College (1954), an LLB from the Manitoba Law School (1958) and an LLM from Harvard Law School (1959). He had a lengthy and distinguished academic career as a Professor of Law at the University of Manitoba (1959 to 1991) and at the University of Alberta, (1988 to 2001), and actively practiced law in Manitoba and Alberta throughout his career until his retirement in 2008. He was also a prolific author and an accomplished legal historian.
Dale also had a keenly creative mind and a joie de vivre second to none; his family and friends knew well the mischievous twinkle in his eye whenever something new was afoot. Whether it was advising governments on the development, adoption, and repatriation of the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or simply constructing a giraffe out of a footstool and a roll of construction paper with his grandchildren, Dale always had something new on the go and invariably punctuated the end of every busy day with a bowl of popcorn and a healthy tot of Glenfiddich.
Dale is survived by his beloved wife Sandra Anderson (née Mosher), his former wife Lee Gibson (née Patterson), his children, Kristin and Scott (Mary), stepdaughters, Amy Anderson (Colin Gramlich) and Stina Sklarchuk (Brad), his grandchildren, Michael, Matthew (Carol), Bret, Scott, Lia, Madelaine, Parker, Paige, Christopher, Larissa and Julia, and his nephews, Brett (Penny) and Paul Smith. They, and his many friends, colleagues, students, clients, and admirers, will miss him deeply, even while their lives have been enriched by his remarkable presence.
An event will be organized later in the year to honour Dale's memory. Expressions of sympathy may be made in whichever way(s) you wish, but in remembrance of Dale's life, the family suggests that any charitable donations may be made to the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) or to the Leduc Community Hospital.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 05, 2022

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I am so sorry this is almost a year late. I had no idea of Dale's passing. I found out this morning on a CBC radio program mentioning "Memorable Manitobans". I worked with Dale on the Red River Court Records back in the 1990's and it was an experience of a life time. They were fascinating and he was such a lovely person to have as a boss. For a while it looked as though the work would not be published but it was and I am thrilled to have been a part of it. Although it's shamefully late, I want to send my condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Leslie Hoffman (Colleague) on: Dec 31, 2022

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