Manitoba broker Dale Rempel passed away at his residence on Friday, October 5 at the age of 49.
Rempel, owner of Rempel Insurance Brokers, successfully battled brain cancer since first being diagnosed with a tumour in 2008. By all accounts he was an “awesome” broker, to coin a term that Rempel, the immediate past president of IBAC, frequently employed in his speeches.
“Dale was diagnosed with brain cancer in the midst of trying to decide whether to join the IBAC executive,” IBAC CEO Dan Danyluk said. “He chose to go forward with running, with full disclosure that that was his condition. He decided that he wanted to spend that time, the next four or five years, giving back to the industry, which is pretty amazing.”
Raised in Morris, Manitoba, Rempel became a general insurance broker in his mid-20s, after studying agriculture and business in university. “He discovered insurance while he was studying to become an agrologist because he needed money to put himself through university,” said Danyluk. “He started selling hail insurance, and to this day he still has a company called Dale’s Hail.”
During IBAC’s annual general meeting held in Niagara Falls in late September, several brokers commented that discussion about Rempel’s accomplishments during his term as IBAC president made them feel as if Rempel was at the meeting. In fact, he could not attend the meeting because he was under a doctor’s order not to fly.
Rempel contributed a number of ideas to help perpetuate Canada’s broker channel. In addition, he played an instrumental role in many aspects of the professional development programs and courses for both IBAC and the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba (IBAM).
“He is one of those leaders who was inspirational, not just because he was dealing with an illness,” Danyluk said. “He was inspirational because of the enthusiasm, the drive, good nature, good will, good spirit and good humour that he had.”
Rempel is survived by his wife Lynn, mother Edna, one daughter, one son, one sister, three brothers and their families.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 pm on October 12 at Open Door, Southern Manitoba Convention Center, in Morris, Manitoba, with a burial at Morris Cemetery. A viewing will be held at 7 pm on October 11 at the Convention Center with a tribute, as well as at the Convention Center prior to the service.
Donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.