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Dale was a Renaissance man with many and varied interests including poetry, music, acting, and art, in addition to serving and world travel in the U.S. Navy.
Dale was Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Chairman 1999–2000. He was a Hall of Eagles member and a National Auto Body Council Founding Member and Director. Dale was also founder, past director and chairman of the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA). He was recently made a lifetime member of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), one of only two such awards ever given by SCRS. In addition to writing a column for Autobody News, Dale wrote and commented widely for a number of other trade publications.
Most recently the director of Chelsea Management Group, his own firm, Dale stayed active in the industry by advising and consulting with companies as diverse as Hertz and VeriFacts.
VeriFacts CEO and long-time friend, Farzam Afshar, has said VeriFacts implemented the Dale Delmege Award to recognize Dale’s significant and lasting contributions throughout each segment of the collision repair industry. The award recognizes a collision repair center consistently producing and delivering verified repair quality.
“Dale was a great friend and mentor. He used to say he had held every known unpaid job in the industry. I know of few people as committed to, and influential in, their pursuit of the long term betterment of our industry than Dale Delmege,” said Afshar.
“I was pleased to be able to recognize the scale of Dale’s contributions over the years by naming our ACE Award for the exceptional collision repair center the ‘Dale Delmege Award.’”
Dale is survived by his wife Mary, his five children: Laura, Diana, Dale Jr., Mark and Caleb; and his eight grandchildren, as well as his sister, Leslie McDonald. Dale requested that the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, www.csdf.org, receive gifts of donations in lieu of flowers. Memorial services have not yet been announced by the family.
Dale’s Autobody News columns can be read here. Autobody News extends heart-felt condolences to his family.