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Lionel Stuart Dallas

April 24, 1929 - December 8, 2015


Lionel Stuart “Tex” Dallas passed away peacefully with wife Judy by his side at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos, B.C. on December 8, 2015 in his 87th year after a long and full life, fighting restrictions in latter years.

Born April 24, 1929 to Edward Bernard and Marian (Hammans) Dallas in Croydon, Surrey, England. An army cadet at school for 8 years becoming a sergeant in the Queens Regt. Leaving school at 16 was a cadet with the Royal Fusiliers training with the Coldstream Guards and Royal Marines. Onto National Service with the Royal West Kent Regt. stationed in Canterbury then to Belfast Northern Ireland. Back to Kent and joined the Regimental Police there. Came to Canada in 1955 and worked for over 35 years in the investigation and security industry and related organizations, receiving many distinguished awards and commendations during his career.

Work afforded him travel across Canada and the United States. He enjoyed vacation trips to Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, England, Hawaii and other U.S. destinations. His last major trip after beating cancer was to the Mayan Riviera to see some of the ruins. He loved Arizona for its beauty. He and Judy renewed their vows for their 25th anniversary on the beach in Maui.

Lionel was a proud member of the historical Second Highland Battalion of Foot, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, leaving as a Brevet-Major when he retired to Osoyoos in 1990. In Osoyoos became involved with the Okanagan Historical Society, Osoyoos Desert Society, Osoyoos Seniors Centre, Osoyoos Ratepayers Association, Chamber of Commerce, B.C. Lake Stewardship Society, Community Consultive Committee to the R.C.M.P. Osoyoos Detachment, South Okanagan Conservation Project, Regional Growth Strategy Committee, Osoyoos Oxbows Restoration Society, South Okanagan-Similkameen Health Committee. He served on various Town of Osoyoos Committees including Official Community Plan, Old Community Centre, and Finance Committee. Jointly established/operated “Med-Trans”, the first “community bus”. His passion was the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society for 19 years, also being liaison between Canada and Washington State, becoming an initial member of the Okanogan Watershed Management Plan/Washington State Water Management Planning Committee for 7 years, Washington Lake Protection Association. Member of North American Lake Management Society where he received an award – the first one in Canada to do so.

Lionel  was predeceased by his parents and first wife Patricia (Carr) in 1974. He will be forever missed and cherished by wife Judy (nee Armstrong), daughters Debra Dallas (Mark Carswell) and Jacqueline (David Counsell) and grandchildren Michael and Alia Dallas-Petersen, Jamie and Lucas Counsell.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. G. Tarr, the staff at Mariposa Gardens, and Eileen Varga. Cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. Lionel's wish is for friends and family to gather to celebrate his life successes and lift a pint with good jazz music playing.

A Celebration of Life to be held in 2016. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society, Alzheimer's Society in Penticton, Canadian Diabetes, Mariposa Women's Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger. Online tributes and condolences may be made at


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Betty Thomson Smith
Relation: Acquaintances

Judy, I am so sorry to hear about Lionel. He was a pleasure to know. Always a smile when coming into the clinic or meeting on the street.

From: art molenkamp
Relation: proud to have been a friend of a gentle man

Judy, although shocked with this sudden message of Lionel’s passing with our heartfelt good wishes for your self, we’re sure Lionel in his
own way said It has been good.
And for all of us who have known this man Lionel, we were honoured to be his friend, and it was good. Thank you Lionel.

From: Lorne & Carol McCubbin
Relation: Friends

We will miss the good times and humor we all shared for many years with Tex and Judy. A great loss for us all.

From: Eileen Varga
Relation: Friend of the family

Over many years, Lionel was a strong pillar of the community. I am quite sure that when he was no longer able to serve his community this was one of the things that bothered him most. His family should be very proud of his accomplishments. Rest in Peace Lionel and know that Judy has strong support here in town.

From: James Malcolm Dallas
Relation: Pen-Pal and dear friend

Tex and I were pan-pals for 30+ years. He educated me on the Dallas Clan and its history. While we only met but once when my wife and I traveled the Northwest some years ago, I considered him to be one of my closest and dearest friends. Yours aye, Tex

From: Barb Peters
Relation: Long time friend of the family

Judy, Deb, Jac & family, my sincere sympathies on Tex passing away. He was a great husband, father & friend. So glad to have known him all these years. He enriched all of us! Thinking of all of you as I raise a pint tonight in Tex’s honour!

From: Sharon Kukemueller
Relation: friendship

My deepest condolences to all of you. A great picture of Mr D. and tribute for a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts are with you and your families. xo Sharon and Chris.

From: Norman & Susan Tsang
Relation: Friend

Judy, our deepest condolences to you and your family. It was indeed a great shock for us when we receive the message of Lionel’s pqassing. We alway remember him as our very good friend and neighbour. Lionel just walked through a short tunnel of darkness into a world of light, peace and happiness with our Lord. God Bless him.

From: Nancy and Ken Bennett
Relation: 25 yrs

Judy,Jackie/Deb and Families,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad; I am sure you will hold all your cherished memories forever of a great dad

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