Dale F. Orton


Dale F. Orton passed away on April 14, 2017 at the age of 79 in St. Albert, Alberta.

Born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan on January 6, 1938, Dale passed away the same way he lived his life – on his own terms and with no regrets. He had a unique way of seeing the best in people and enjoyed life, always looking for an opportunity for a laugh and a good time.


Dale is survived by Donna, his soulmate of 57 years, his three daughters, Kim Smits (Dennis), Jillene Bartlett (Keith) and Kelley Orton, his five precious grandchildren, Dale Smits, Lexie Bartlett, Courtney Bartlett, Sydney Smits and Carly Orton, sister Shirley Sniatenchuk (Vancouver), sister-in-law Virginia Otto, as well as nieces and nephews.


Dale worked at the ALCB for 29 years, and at the age of 32, was appointed the youngest director at the ALCB. Dale travelled to 63 countries, sampling and buying wine for the province of Alberta. After Dale retired in 1990, he started his own liquor import company, Vincorp Marketing until 2010, after which Dale and Donna travelled and golfed.


Dale will be remembered lovingly for his quick wit, great sense of humor, kindness, generosity and love of sports, especially the Edmonton Eskimos.

At Dale’s request, there will be a Celebration of Life on Monday May 1, 2017, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Chateau Louis Hotel, 11727 Kingsway Avenue, NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5G 3A1.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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I remember Dale & Donna & the girls. At Mitch’s funeral I found out Dale had passes. So sorry for your loss. The wonderful memories survive.

Rick Young

Dale and I met in 1990 while he was with the ALCB and in position to be a great help with an event I needed Board approval for. He was an absolute gem…he made it happen! He also became a friend and mentor. He used to call me ‘slick’. Never forget the great Ortinski.


Very sad to hear of Dale’s passing. I still remember the many “Football” games we used to play in front of our house and Dale & Donna’s. I will say a special prayer for a Guy who wasn’t afraid to play with the kids, and enjoyed it. MITCH

Tick mickelson

Dale was bright talented loyal generous and definitely fun loving
If they don’t play the old tune ” I did it my way” I’ll be humming it to myself

Even though I hadn’t seen dale for several years he will live in my memory and heart

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