He died on the 21 September 1921. 
The cause of death was Morbus Cordis (heart disease) and pulmonary oedema.
He was buried at Orowaiti Middle Cemetery on the 23 September 1921. His grave is in Block E, Row 70, Plot 69. 
An obituary was published...
J. C. DALE
(special To "The PRESS.")
GREYMOUTH, September 23
The death took place at Westport yesterday of Mr James Crosbie Dale, formerly Chief Clerk and latterly Chief Postmaster at Westport. He was a native of Ballarat (Victoria), where he was born 66 years ago. He spent the greater part of his 57 years residence in New Zealand in the service of the Post and Telegraph Department on the West Coast. He also served on the Westport Borough Council, school committee, and Buller Progress League, and was interested in the W.E.A. movement.
His familv are:—Miss Dale, M.A., Westport District High School; Miss Ruby Dale. B.A., teacher at the Martinborough State School: Mr Murray Dale, solicitor, and member of the Wellington City Council: Mr D. S. Dale, of the teaching staff of the secondary school at Westport; and Mr Ferris Dale
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