In - Always in our hearts

  • Gary Manley lit a candle on 01/09/2020:
    "Thank you, Tom for your friendship, all the life lessons, and especially the wonderful stories. Deepest condolences to family and friends left behind. Tom had a great life because of your love and support. He appreciated your love and kindness more than you will ever know. Gary, Karen and Stacy Manley. "

  • Phil Pilon lit a candle on 01/03/2020:
    "Tom was one of the greatest men I know. He was a hard honest and caring man that taught me so much about life. He was like a grandfather to me. He changed my life in so many ways and taught me the rewards of working hard and for that I am truly grateful. I'll never forget the long summer days spent working at the farm or the lunches together listening to his tales of Goldendale. I only wish I had more time with him or that I had met him 30 years earlier to see Goldendale in all its glory. We shared the same passion for the outdoors and everytime I see a deer, a bear, goose or duck I cant help but thing of the greatest farmer who ever lived. Tom was my buddy and he will be greatly missed. I just know hes up there right now with Joan and his dogs watching over the sheep of Goldendale. May his legend live on, and his memories stay strong in our hearts. I'll miss you Tom!"

About him

Thomas Dales

Thomas Dales

Born: April 24th, 1928

Passed on: December 5th, 2019

Dr. Thomas Lowell Dales - Celebrated veterinarian, shepherd, breeder of award-winning golden retrievers, outdoorsman, athlete, scout master, loving husband and father, Tom passed away on December 5th, 2019 at the age of 91. He was predeceased by the love of his life Patricia Joan Dales. Together they built their dream, Goldendale, a sheep farm, veterinary practice, home to raise their dogs, their produce, the inspiration for many of Joan’s wonderful paintings, and now a vineyard. Tom was the loved father of Tim Dales (Jaina), Deborah Dales, Daphne Dales and Daryl Dales (deceased), and loving stepfather to Richard Hanet (Rahel-Leigh), Rob Hanet (Christine), and Mary Ann Hanet-Martinovic (deceased), grandfather of (and best friend to) Justin Hanet, Senna Peckett-Hanet, Zoey Martinovic, and Dani, Wes, and Mackenzie Dales. He will be fondly remembered not only for the stories of his athletic exploits as a youth, but for his unmatched work ethic, his love for animals and of the outdoors, by his family, his close friends in Perth, the hundreds of people whose animals he lovingly cared for over his career as a veterinarian in Newmarket, Toronto and Perth, as well as by Gary and all others who cared for him in the last few years since Joan passed. Hopefully with his passing he will have found peace, be with Joan, his goldens, and back cutting wood on his farm. He was tough and determined, but underneath that brazen exterior was a passionate and sensitive man we will all miss. A celebration of life service will be organized later in the new year for which all those whom he touched will be invited. Donations to Operation Smile Canada are welcomed in Tom's honour (