Dale Neilson, 58, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, NY, after a brief illness.
He was born June 6, 1965 in Cuba, NY to Raymond and Dorothy Neilson. Dale was a 1984 graduate of Cuba Central School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged three years later. During that time, he was stationed all over the world and had many great stories to share. He was very proud of his military service.
Dale would tell you himself that he was a jack of all trades and master of none. He held several jobs but had to quit working due to health issues.
In 2012, he was robbed and severely beaten. After a long road of recovery, it was determined that Dale could no longer live on his own and spent his last remaining years at the Corning and Bath Arbor group homes. Many thanks go out to the staff at both homes for their dedication and kindness. It will not be forgotten. Also, a huge thank you goes out to the residents that were truly considered family by Dale. He loved them all.
If there was one phrase to describe Dale, it would be, “He had a huge heart.” Even though Dale had little, he shared whatever he had with the people around him and would give the shirt off his back if he thought someone else needed it more than him. He also loved a good joke and was always ready to tell you a joke or two. He laughed so hard just trying to tell them sometimes.
Dale is survived by a brother, Larry Neilson, two sisters, Lorraine Neilson (Dale Scofield), Carol (Gary)Shaffer. Also surviving are his nephews, David McGuire and Brett Scofield, his niece, Abby (Erick) Poore and their children, Braedyn (Julia)Poore, Tyler (Alicia) Allison Raegan Poore, his niece, Jessica (Rocky) Searle and their children, Taylor and Coleman Searle and a great nephew, Trace Allison.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Donations if desired may be made to the Allegany County SPCA.
Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.
Online condolences may be sent at www.rinkerfuneralhome.