, Newburyport, MA

June 27, 2013

Dale E. Tomes Sr., 60

Amesbury, MA — Dale Tomes Sr., 60, of Michigan and Amesbury, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday after a six-month battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Margaret Tomes. In addition, Dale has finally been reunited with his late wife and partner in crime, Nancy (Janvier) Tomes, for their next big adventure. He will be remembered as a man who touched more lives than he realized, always having a story to make you laugh, and being true to himself without regard for popular opinion.

Born in Detroit, Mich., Dale lived life to the fullest and made his friends and family come along for the ride. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War and spent many years crossing the country he loved so much in a big rig, accumulating thousands of friends and millions of stories. He settled down in Amesbury after meeting the love of his life. Dale and Nancy were married on May 19, 1984.

Thirty-plus years in New England could not sway his fanatical love of his Detroit Lions and Tigers, or his University of Michigan football team. He was a longtime member of the Lafayette Club in Amesbury and lifetime member of the Governor Bradstreet of the N.E.S.V.F.L. Dale enjoyed decades of bowling at Lafayette Lanes and shooting pool at the Club. He loved his country, a good cookout with friends, hanging out at the lake in Maine, Muster Days with the crew, listening to his music loud, and Halloween and Christmas. He also enjoyed playing his Facebook games, trips to the library, scratch tickets, and drinking the "Dew." His favorite time of day usually needed a minute, and what he loved most was his extensive network of family and friends.

Dale is survived by his son, Dale Tomes Jr. and his wife, Marsha and their children, Paul and Kaitlyn; his daughter, Heather Ingerson and her partner, Barry Neville and their son, Sebastian; his siblings, Ethel, Alicia, George, and Crystal; his nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Wayne, Jason, Stephanie, Nicole, Emily, Brandon, Joey, Matthew, and Brandy; the extended Tomes family, his in-laws, the Bradstreet family, and his other "son and daughters."

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life for Dale this Sunday, June 30, from 12 to 4 p.m., at the Lafayette Club upstairs hall on High St. in Amesbury. Arrangements are by the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home in Amesbury.