Dale Bradley Swirsky

25-Sep-1970 - 02-Jul-2017

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Dale Bradley Swirsky

It is with deep regret that we announce the sudden passing of Dale Swirsky of Winnipeg on July 2, 2017, at the age of 46 years. He leaves behind to mourn his loving wife Karen and precious children Anna and Clark, his father John Swirsky, his parents in law Len and Deanna Kernaghan, and brother in law Darcy (Kristel). He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, students, and players.

Dale was born and raised in Winnipeg. He graduated from St Paul’s High School in 1988 and received his Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Manitoba in 1992. He was a highly dedicated high school teacher for 15 years at St Mary’s Academy, where he shared his vast knowledge of history, World Issues, and World Religions. He then worked for Workplace Education Manitoba, designing trades, work force entry, reading, and numeracy assessments and delivering programs. He was especially proud of his accomplishments at BUILD in helping learners with many personal challenges enhance not only their job skills but confidence in themselves. He led trainings in many First Nations Communities on Effective Life Skills for Youth and Conflict Resolution, among other topics. Most recently he was loving his position at Red River College’s Academic Success Centre, designing and delivering workshops and providing one-on-one instruction to students in the trades, economics, and nursing. Everywhere he taught students expressed their gratitude for his outstanding teaching and connection with them.

Dale also loved to coach basketball. He dedicated countless hours in the basketball community in many ways, as a coach for the Winnipeg Fury basketball club, River Heights Community Club teams, Grant Park High School, summer camps, and one-on-one training. Most recently he was assisting the 17U Girls Manitoba Canada Games team with film and statistical analyses. He was incredibly positive and was ecstatic every time a player improved. 

Dale was passionate about helping others outside of the classroom and off the court as well. He volunteered with various organizations such as L’Arche, Ircom (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba), Walk4Darfur, Marymound Centre, Amnesty Canada’s Stolen Sisters’ campaign, and prisoner visitation at Stony Mountain. He was proud of having donated blood 79 times.

Dale found joy in the simplest things in life. He loved spending evenings with his friends shooting hoops, watching basketball, football, and documentaries, or discussing politics and current events. He was proud of doing his own repairs around the house and on the cars. Playing countless hours of basketball in the backyard with Anna was where they forged their special father/daughter relationship and, of course, love for the game. He would proudly tell anyone that he hadn’t beaten her since she was 13. He loved watching her play and rarely missed a game. With his son Clark, they sought to explore the world together, taking special father/son adventures by train and bonding over art, Lego, and Star Wars. Finally, to Dale, there could be no better evening than those spent with his two great loves – his best friend Karen and his beloved Golden State Warriors. Dale’s pride and devotion to Karen, Anna, and Clark was obvious to anyone who met him. Dale loved his family above all else and gave them the greatest gift a father and husband could give – attention, energy and love. This is also what he gave the world around him in everything that he did. There is no finer legacy to leave than a legacy of love. This was Dale.

A special thank-you to the Regina EMTs and police, and the wonderful staff at Regina General Hospital. We are forever grateful for the support of our basketball family during that difficult weekend, and to the unbelievable support we have received from family and friends since returning to Winnipeg. A Celebration of his Life will be held on July 13th at 2 pm at Windsor Park United Church. If friends desire, donations in Dale’s memory may be made to Plan Canada or Habitat for Humanity.

Funeral Details

  • Celebration of Life

    Windsor Park United Church

    Event Times:

    13-Jul-2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Posted by Jacqueline Ratte Kohut | 13-Jul-2017

I spent a great deal of time with Dale during our university years and I am a better person for having done so. He was a wonderful, special man. My deepest sympathies to his immediate and extended family.

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