DAHMER, Clare 'Jada' - Passed away peacefully on Friday October 7, 2016 at Millennium Trail at the age of 98.
Jada was born in Waterloo, November 18, 1917. Predeceased by his first wife Billie (1969). His brothers, Edward, Percy and Wilbur. Survived by his daughter Dianne (Reg) Michael. Beloved husband of the late Gloria Filer-Dahmer (2005).
During their 29 years Jada and Gloria traveled, spent the summers at their pool, entertained their family and friends and worked tirelessly with the Ontario Arena Association. He will be very fondly remembered and missed by the Filer family. He was both a friend and a step father to Alan and Bernadette Filer, Greg and Kim Filer (Brantford). We were truly honored and thankful for Jada being part of our lives and will cherish the memories of the fun and good times we all had together.
He was wonderful Gramps/Papa to Jennifer (Eric) Filer-Olfert, Aaron (Eva) Filer, Geoff (Emma) Filer, Mike (Jen) Filer, Hamilton and Ryan Filer, Vancouver Great grandfather to Gretchen, Bronson and Aiden He was a special uncle to Arlene Schmidt who often read the "Portal of Prayers" to Jada.
He will be missed by Barry Milner, a true friend, who never forgot the values Jada brought to his life and spent countless hours visiting him over the years. Thank you to Greg and Nancy Thomas for their love of Jada.
Jada was born and spent his youth in Waterloo. He was a great hockey player, playing Junior "A" and a very successful baseball player. It was these athletic values and enthusiasm that Jada brought to Niagara Falls. Jada was the Stamford Memorial Arena Manager starting in 1949 then eventually the Jack Bell Arena and until retirement in 1982. A term seldom heard today "rink rats" described many young men who worked for Jada during their youth tending to the arena ice surface of which three became arena mangers.
In his lifetime Jada was a man who made a difference to our community. Jada assisted in developing the Stamford Sr. "B" and Jr. "B" Hockey Teams, Stamford Minor Hockey, Stamford Figure Skating Club, Legion Hockey and the Old-timers Hockey. Jada was a co-founder of the Ontario Arena Association and served as secretary-manager for over 28 years. He co-founded of the arena management courses offered at Guelph University in the summers where over 4,000 people were taught management and refrigeration. He worked for the association until age 89.
Jada received many distinguishing acknowledgments including the Ontario Corps d'Elite Ontario award by the Minister of Tourism and Recreation. His proudest award was to be named to the Niagara Falls' Sports Hall of Fame. Thank you to the members of the Ontario Arena Association who brought so much happiness, friendship and joy to Jada and his late wife Gloria.
Special Thanks to Millennium Trail and their staff for their professionalism and caring Thank You to Linda Holden and Cheryl Milinkovich of Kind Care for their love, comfort, and care of Jada on a daily basis. Thank you, Donna, from Sandra D'Allesandro Health Care, who sang "Amazing Grace" to Jada, as he slept away to his Eternal Lord.
Friends are invited to meet at the HETHERINGTON DEANS FUNERAL HOME, Niagara Falls for Visiting Saturday, October 15 from 10 to 11 am. A Funeral Service celebrating Jada's Life will be held at 11am at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place.
In memory of Jada donations to the Good Sheppard Lutheran Church or a charity of one's choice.
Thank You Jada, You Were a Great Friend.