Trib­utes pour in af­ter popular pho­tog­ra­pher’s shock death

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

APOP­U­LAR pho­tog­ra­pher who cap­tured the hap­pi­est days of hun­dreds of lives has died sud­denly at the age of 70.

Michael Dale was known for his wed­dings, be­ing com­mis­sioned to take pic­tures at hun­dreds of nup­tials in Macclesfield over his al­most 40-year ca­reer.

Also a tal­ented por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher, Michael won a num­ber of awards for his work, in­clud­ing Cherubs Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

He was also run­ner-up in Fuji’s Wed­ding Pho­togra- pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

Grand­fa­ther- of - one Michael, who grew up on Brook­field Lane and lived for many years on Bux­ton Road in Macclesfield, worked from home, then premises in Park Lane and Mill Lane be­fore re­tir­ing in 2013.

He passed away af­ter suf- fer­ing from pul­monary fi­bro­sis.

His wife Bar­bara, 67, said: “A lot of peo­ple have phoned me up and said how shocked they were and how sud­den it was.

“He was fan­tas­tic, he had a lot of friends and was very well re­spected – he would do any­thing for any­body.”

TRIB­UTES have been paid af­ter the death of a popular pho­tog­ra­pher.

Michael Dale, 70, passed away af­ter suf­fer­ing from pul­monary fi­bro­sis.

An award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher, he pho­tographed hun­dreds of Macclesfield wed­dings, in­clud­ing the nup­tials of Stephen Mor­ris from rock band New Or­der and his wife Gil­lian Gil­bert.

He won awards for his wed­ding and por­trait pho­to­graphs. He was named Cherubs Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year and he was run­ner-up in Fuji’s Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year con­test. The grand­fa­ther of one lived for many years on Bux­ton Road in Macclesfield with Bar­bara, his wife or al­most 40 years.

Bar­bara, 67, said: “Most peo­ple in Macclesfield have been into the stu­dio have and been pho­tographed by him and the vast ma­jor­ity know his name.

“He pho­tographed wed­dings all over the north­west, not just in Macclesfield.

“A lot of peo­ple have phoned me up and ev­ery­one has said how shocked they were and how sud­den it was.

“I’m ex­pect­ing a full house at the fu­neral.

“He was fan­tas­tic, he had a lot of friends and was very well re­spected – he would do any­thing for any­body.”

Michael grew up on Brook­field Lane and be­gan his work­ing life as an auto-elec­tri­cian and worked at Globe and Simp­sons be­fore own­ing an auto-elec­tri­cian busi­ness. Photography was just a hobby for him at first un­til he left his job around 1975 to pur­sue his hobby as a ca­reer.

Michael started his busi­ness work­ing from home, then from premises in Park Lane and fi­nally moved to a stu­dio in Mill Lane and re­tired two years ago.

Bar­bara added: “He was di­ag­nosed with pul­monary fi­bro­sis and at Christ­mas it es­ca­lated quite a bit and re­ally took a toll on him – he couldn’t breathe very well.

“A lot of peo­ple are very shocked, they didn’t ex­pect it. He will be very much missed.”

Michael, whose grand­fa­ther Robert White was also a painter/pho­tog­ra­pher in Macclesfield, not only cre­ated life­time mem­o­ries of cou­ples’ most spe­cial wed­ding mo­ments but went on to pho­to­graph their chil­dren’s wed­dings too.

He met Bar­bara in 1973 when they were in­tro­duced by a friend at the old Crum­bles night­club and they mar­ried in 1976.

Bar­bara added that he would be greatly missed by her and his sons James and Robert, grand­son Al­fie, and the many friends he made dur­ing his life­time.

Michael’s fu­neral will take place to­mor­row, Thurs­day, May 7, at 1.45pm at St. Paul’s Church fol­lowed by a fam­ily ser­vice at the cre- ma­to­rium. The fam­ily has re­quested no flow­ers.

Those who wish to are asked to make a do­na­tion to the Bri­tish Lung Foun­da­tion.

DOZENS of our on­line read­ers took to our Face­book page to share their mem­o­ries of pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Dale, who died on April 19, (see our story on page seven)

Louise Up­ton: He took pho­tos of all my dog­gies ...he even got bub­ble up the stairs in his shop ( she has a phobia of stairs) r.i.p x

Lisa Jack­son: So sad. He took all our pic­tures as chil­dren x

Sharon Rowley: Omg such sad news he taught my daugh­ter to do photography with work ex­pe­ri­ence. Ab­so­lutely lovely man.x

Shel­ley An­der­son­Holling­worth: Sorry to hear this. Pho­tos Michael took of my daugh­ter make me smile ev­ery time I look at them. X

Mar­garet Ol­lier: A lovely man. He will be missed. Too young to go.xx

Nicky Hill: So sad, Michael took my wed­ding pho­tos and then went on to do por­traits of my chil­dren for years, such a lovely man xx

Kel­lie Blake­more: Such a shame, he’s was a lovely, lovely man, he was our fam­ily pho­tog­ra­pher send­ing lots of love to his fam­ily at this very sad time xx

Sue Ar­mitt: He was a truly re­mark­able man, sen­sa­tional pho­tog­ra­pher and pur­veyor of the se­cret Dales oatcake recipe so tra­di­tional in Macc...send­ing love and prayers to Bar­bara and fam­ily..can’t be­lieve this, God bless xx

Cathie Rance: Very sad. Did an amaz­ing job with our wed­ding pho­tos in 2008. Lovely man. Thoughts are with you Robert and fam­ily xxx

Janet Lund: Such a shame he was lovely, he pho­tographed my wed­ding 33 years ago as well as one of my dogs.

Lisa Dale: Such sad news , he re­ally was a lovely man who I had the plea­sure of meet­ing many times. His beau­ti­ful work fills my home , God bless Michael xxxx

Su­san Robin­son Turner: So sad. He took pic­tures of my daugh­ter Faye back in 1984, still one of the best pho­tos I ever had done. Thoughts are with his fam­ily.

Wendy Not­man: Rip love to the fam­ily he used to call in the lemon tree for a sand­which nice fam­ily xx

An­gela Davies: So sorry to read this. He shared the best times of my life from en­gage­ment, wed­ding and then baby pics. He even set us up to be on the BBC just be­fore our wed­ding! Lovely man.

Thoughts with his fam­ily and friends, his mem­ory lives on on the walls and in the homes and hearts of many xx

Caren Hussey: R.I.P. to a truly lovely and cre­ative per­son. I spent many a few min­utes hav­ing a chat with Mr and Mrs Dale as they parked their mini on the street where live.

You will be missed by many I am sure and my prayers are for your fam­ily Michael. God bless

Lisa McDow­ell: How very sad. He took our wed­ding pic­tures in 2004. Rip Michael x

Me­lanie Robin­son: Very sad. He and his daugh­ter did the pho­to­graphs for our wed­ding back in 1999 and made the day stress free. Thoughts with his fam­ily

Pauline Glancy: So sad to read about Michael, he did our wed­ding pho­to­graphs, I got mar­ried in June 1981, my thoughts go to his fam­ily at this very sad time. Xx

So­phie Bradley: Very sad news I re­mem­ber him tak­ing many pho­tos of me as a child and he has also done pic­tures of my chil­dren rip x

Steph Jack­son: Such a lovely man. He lived near my par­ents on Bux­ton road and just a few weeks ago he very kindly brought round a disc of some very old pho­tos he took of me and my sis­ter when he was just start­ing out in about 1976.

They are so pre­cious as my sis­ter died in 2001 xx

Ca­role Poyser: So So sorry to here this very sad news, I classed Michael as a friend and he took many beau­ti­ful pho­tos for me RIP xxx thoughts with your dear fam­ily

Jonathan Griffiths: Very sad news fan­tas­tic man to chat to, great cus­tomer of ours over the years, please ac­cept our deep­est con­do­lences from all at Thomp­sons

Julie Wil­liams: Very sad news, lots of good mem­o­ries from The Hunt­ing Lodge. Con­do­lences to all the Fam­ily

Chloë Elise Wild: I looked af­ter Michael on Ward 4; such a lovely man! I al­ways re­mem­bered him from when I was younger when he took my pho­to­graph!

Liz Den­tith: Sad news. Michael took our wed­ding pho­tos in 1988 and reg­u­larly took pho­tos of our son. RIP

Vic­to­ria Bell: So sad he’s taken some lovely pho­tos of my daugh­ter, his work was amaz­ing xxxx

Simon Leah: Michael was a skilled en­gi­neer too. I knew him through the 1990’s and there was al­ways a Jaguar in bits in his garage.

I have a fond mem­ory of be­ing videog­ra­pher at a wed­ding he was pho­tograph­ing, and the two of us rac­ing up the Silk Road to the re­cep­tion in our re­spec­tive cars.

A very lovely won­der­ful man, very sad to hear of his pass­ing.

Thoughts are with Bar­bara and the fam­ily.

Pic­ture: Matt Webb

●● Michael Dale

Matt Webb at Ol­lier Photography

●» Michael Dale

●● Pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Dale

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