Dale Spicer Northrup (Major (Ret’d), RCAF)

02-Jan-1937 - 16-Nov-2019

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In Loving Memory


Northrup; Dale Spicer (Major (Ret’d), RCAF)
January 2, 1937 - November 16, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Dale, in his 83rd year. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marilyn (nee Muir), his son Glenn (Janice) and their daughters, Sarah and Erica of Winnipeg, MB; his daughter Heather and her sons, Tyler and Alex of Kanata, ON; and his nephew John Hyslop (Darla) of Slave Lake, AB. Predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Lida Northrup, and his sister Doris Hyslop.

Dale was born in Riverside, NB and he grew up and attended school in the Moncton area. He then attended Collège Militaire Royal (CMR) in Saint-Jean, QC. Dale enjoyed a long and rewarding career (almost 39 years) as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force flying several different types of aircraft, such as the Harvard Mk 4 trainer, CF-100 Canuck, CF-101 Voodoo, CF-104 Starfighter, CT-133 Silver Star, CT-114 Tutor, and the C-130 Hercules. During his first operational flying posting at 2 (F) Wing in France, Dale met and married Marilyn, the love of his life. Together Dale and Marilyn enjoyed living in many interesting locations such as, Comox, BC; North Bay, ON; Colorado Springs, CO; Toronto, ON; Moose Jaw, SK; Ottawa, ON; and Belleville/Trenton, ON. Dale retired from the RCAF in 1993, and he and Marilyn initially remained in Belleville, before moving to Kanata, ON in 2012 in order to be closer to their daughter Heather and her family.

Since retiring from the RCAF, Dale and Marilyn have been avid travellers, globetrotting around the world by ocean cruise ships, river boat cruises, guided bus tours, and simply travelling on their own.

Dale and Marilyn cherish the many friendships that they have made over the years, and they always looked forward to re-connecting with friends, old and new, whenever possible.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus for their outstanding care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life event will occur at a later date.

Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Dale Tyler | 25-Nov-2019


I was deeply sadden to hear of Dale's sudden passing. My condolences to you Marilyn and to Heather & Glenn and their families. My prayers are with you. Dale

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Posted by Martin & Judith Farnsworth | 24-Nov-2019


Marilyn, Judith and I send our sincere condolences an the death of your husband Dale. We never met him and knew him. Had I been more available and attended the QHS Reunions in Ottawa or Montreal, we may have met. I send you my deepest sympathy, and maybe at some time we can have a glass . My very Best to You and Family Martin & Judith Farnsworth

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