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Born: Dec 29, 1932

Date of Passing: Nov 25, 2020

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December 29, 1932 - November 25, 2020

Mel passed away peacefully on November 25, 2020 at the age of 87 at Rosewood Lodge, Stonewall, MB.
He is survived by daughters, Deborah (Bob) Breton, Darlene (Wyman) Sangster, Pamela (Richard) Neyedly, and Linda (Mel) Smitzniuk; as well as many loving grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren.
Mel was predeceased by his wife Arvella (Gardiner); and siblings, Marnie, Wilfred, Eva, Mayzie, Vera, Gordon and Clarence.
Melvin was born in Garson, MB and grew up in Kimberly, BC. Being a talented hockey player, he played in the Western Hockey League. Mel was hired to work at Abitibi Pulp Mill, and played hockey for the Pine Falls Paper Kings, winning a Canadian Championship and later being inducted into the Manitoba Hall of Fame.
Mel spent many hours playing sports in Pine Falls, enjoying curling, baseball, tennis and golf. He followed his four daughters through many sporting activities. He retired to Stonewall in 1994. He was an integral part of the daily routine at the Kiln Drive Inn with his daughter Dar.
The family would like to thank the staff at Stonewall Hospital and Rosewood Lodge during his stay at these excellent facilities.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Manitoba Alzheimer's Society in memory of the love of his life, for 65 years, Arvella.
Due to Covid-19, a family memorial will be held at a later date.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Darlene, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Love to you, Wyman and your family. - Posted by: George and Loretta Hibbert (Friends) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Matthews Family for the passing of Mel. He was a great neighbor when he lived in Manor Park Condos. God bless. - Posted by: Craig Ross (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • Very Saddened to hear about Mel's passing. Mel And Arvella were both great friends of my parents, and when my mom and dad would come visit us in Stonewall, my dad would meet up with Mel at the Stonewall Legion, for a game of pool, share some stories, and have a couple of beers. Mel always had a smile on his face, and his hockey stories about the Pine Falls Paper Kings, and the great teams I remember of the 50's and 60's, were most entertaining. I remember as a kid going camping with the Mathews Family to Manaki, Ontario. It was pouring rain as we tried to set up the tents, while Dad and Mel enjoyed their beer in the comfort of their cars. The trip was cut short, after we were all soaked. My wife, Lynn and I offer our heart felt condolences to all of Mel's family. Sincerely, Kim Sharpe Qualicum Beach - Posted by: Kim Sharpe (Family Friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

  • I can picture Mel now sitting across from me in the Time Office enjoying the coffee break with me and Homer Thompson. The cigar smoke was thick and the conversation thicker. Happy memories! Mel and Arvella were great friends of my Mom and Dad. I like to think they are together again enjoying a cup of tea. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Father and Grandfather. Kelly Sharpe - Posted by: Kelly Sharpe (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2020

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