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Born: Feb 12, 1937

Date of Passing: Feb 17, 2021

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Peacefully, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, David Melnyk passed away at Holy Family Home, at the age of 84.
Dave was born in Winnipeg to Dmytro and Pearl (Manko) on February 12, 1937. He completed his elementary and junior high education in East Kildonan and attended Tec Voc High School. He entered the workforce, first working for Pepsi Cola, and then found his true calling in the financial sector working for Northguard Mortgage Corporation Ltd from April 1962, retiring as the General Manager in January 1985.
On August 24, 1957, Dave married the first love of his life - Edna Bareham. Together they raised their children, Donna, Ken and Brian in North Kildonan until Edna's passing. On April 17, 1982, we were blessed when Dad married the second love of his life - Diane Chernoff, and we were gifted with a second amazing Mom.
Along with his two true loves, Dave was predeceased by his parents, brother Walter, and his son-in-law Richard. Dad leaves to hold his memories, daughter Donna; sons, Ken (Joanne), and Brian (Jillian); grandchildren, Breanne, Fr. Jay (Sophia), Sarah and Emily; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Gabriella; brother Donald (Valerie); sister-in-law, Marilyn; brother-in-law Lor Bareham (Carol); numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and wonderful, lifelong friends.
Due to COVID regulations, Dad's Funeral Parastas service will be livestreamed 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 23 at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church with his grandson, Fr. Jay Korban officiating. The service will be livestreamed through Facebook at David will be interred in Elmwood Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined, but if friends so desire, donations directed to Holy Family Home, c/o the Lubov Foundation, 1085 Main St. Wpg R2W 3S1 is appreciated.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Srs. Darleane and Ruth, Fr. B. Lukie, Drs. Taras and Andrea Babick, the entire staff of St. Mary's Unit and all the members of the various departments at Holy Family Home who welcomed Dad with open arms and always treated him with love, respect and dignity


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • We feel your heartache and ask God to remember you all during this difficult time and to grant your dear father, grandpa and great-grandpa eternal life in His Heavenly Home. Mr. Melnyk was an enthusiastic supporter of my jazz music and was always fun to be around. We will miss him. May fond memories give you all comfort. Вічна йому пам’ять! - Posted by: Sylvia Todaschuk, Rosemarie & John, Charlene & Andrij, Peter & Tatiana (Friends) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • We were sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. May his Memory be Eternal 💐 William and Terry Solomon. - Posted by: Taras Solomon (Long time Family Friend Donna, Ken and Brian. ) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • To Dave's family. So sorry to read of Dave's passing. We met at the club couple of years ago . He spoke so highly of his family and his happy fishing trip with grandson. Such a true gentleman. - Posted by: Elaine Joanisse (Acquaintance) on: Feb 26, 2021

  • Dear Donna, Ken, Brian and families We were saddened to read of your Dad's passing. Our fondest memory will be of Dave's warm smile that reached all the way to his eyes and culminated in a twinkle. We are thinking of you at this very sad time and would like to offer our heartfelt condolences. God Bless. - Posted by: Walter "Porky" and Linda Kachur (friends) on: Feb 23, 2021

  • Dear Brian and family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved father. May his name be for a blessing, Kenny Boyce and family - Posted by: Kenny Boyce & famiy (Friend of Brian's) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • If it weren’t for COVID, we would be there hugging you all. If it weren’t for COVID, we would have seen Dave more recently. Thank God that Donna and Breanne were able to look in on him. The rest of you did your best to keep in touch in other ways. The Christmas video was wonderful. We will miss Dave, as he was an important part of our family. He treated us with love and consideration and his passing has left us sad but grateful for having known and loved him. - Posted by: Lor and Carol Bareham (Brother-in-law and sister-in-law ) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Always was a nice guy to talk too and joke around with. Sending our thoughts to you Brian and Family. - Posted by: Rick & Lorraine (Friend of Brian) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear of Dave's passing earlier this week. My heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family. Dave was a wonderful friend to our family for many, many years. He and my father had a wonderful friendship that lasted until my Dad's passing in 1997. Following that, Dave was a wonderful support and generous soul, giving his time to help out at our annual charity golf tournament which was held in my dad's memory for 20 years. I could always count on Dave to help out and come for breakfast to share some good stories and some laughs. Thanks for everything, Dave. You will be missed. I am happy to know that somehow you'll be reunited with the two loves of your life. - Posted by: Cam Moskal (Family Friend) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • Condolences to David's family. My handsome cousin with the smiling eyes. Lots of memories have surfaced from our youth. He was a 'devilish' young cousin who gave us a lot of laughs. He will now rest in peace. Love Irene & Barry Swanton - Posted by: Irene Swanton (Melnyk) (Cousin) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Very sad to hear the news of Uncle Dave’s passing. He was best friends with both my parents Warner & Dolores Flett and my brother Roberts godparent. I’ve had plenty of laughs with Uncle Dave in my lifetime and many tears with the passing of both my parents. Uncle Dave had plenty of stories to tell about all their antics that I enjoyed every time I visited. You will be sadly missed by all who knew you. May you Rest In Peace Love Kerri Flett-Neill - Posted by: Kerri Flett-Neill (Family friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Our prayers are with you and we hope a long life of happy memories brings you some peace. Darcy and Sandra Franz - Posted by: sandra Johnson franz (Friend of family) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in the passing of a very special man. Throughout my life and our family life Dave was known to us as Uncle Dave as he was truly a very special friend. He could always be counted on being at many special occasions involving family and friends. Extremely happy to help out wherever and whenever he could. Through good times and bad. So many laughs and warm stories that will always be cherished in our hearts. I speak for the whole Flett family when I say he was loved so much as a beautiful person and will truly be missed at our future gatherings. Love Blessings & Prayers go out to all affected by the passing of Dave Melnyk - Posted by: Robert Flett (Lifelong friend.) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • We knew Dave for many Years. Rest in peace Old friend. - Posted by: William & Ellen Carlisle (Friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Kimbrance Kozak (Family Friend) on: Feb 20, 2021

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