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Born: Jul 15, 1925

Date of Passing: Aug 19, 2021

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July 15, 1925 – August 19, 2021

On August 19, 2021, Melford Allen Maguire passed away, at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He was the true patriarch of our family and will be greatly missed. Mel is survived by children – Gloria, Jerry, Barry, and David; grandchildren - Kristin, Andrea, Gregory, Heather, Tim, and Kevin; great-grand children – Tea, Jaxon, Griffin, Evelyn, Hazel, Molly, Murphy and Peyton.
He was predeceased by his wife Evelyn of 59 years; daughter Beverly; parents - Lawrence and Rosie; siblings Stanley, Eddy, Clifton and Arlene.
Mel was born on July 15, 1925, in the Shell River Municipality, and grew up on the family farm in Silverwood, Manitoba and loved playing baseball at school. On November 18, 1942, at the age of 17, He joined the Armed Forces, Regimental Number H-103417, he was so proud of serving his country.
Mel moved to Winnipeg, met and married Evelyn, started working for Winnipeg Supply then the Hoover Company, they had five children and later moved to Edmonton, Alberta. While in Edmonton, Mel worked at the T. Eaton Company downtown and managed the sewing machine department. He eventually moved back to Winnipeg with his family and lived in their house in Fort Richmond until his passing. Mel proudly continued his sewing machine trade right into his 90s. He loved watching baseball on TV and rarely missed his favorite team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mel lived a full life and was alert and sharp right until the end. Thank you to St. Boniface and Grace Hospital Staff for making Mel's last few days comfortable.
As per his wishes, Mel has been cremated and there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 28, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Greetings all, I was going through the paper this past Saturday when I was shocked to see my good friend Mel had passed away. I had just spoke to him early on in the month and he asked if I could bring him over another bottle of sewing machine oil. For those of you that don't know the name, Mel has been a fixture in the Winnipeg Sewing machine world since 1955 and was still working right up until this month. He had spent many years working for Eaton's (selling and repairing sewing machines of course) and then working for Herb and Shirley Wildeman for many years after. I met Mel shortly after we took over the reins of the Sewing Gallery who was long retired at age 78 but still liked to help out and do a little extra work on the side to help subsidize his pension. We quickly struck up a working relationship and then a friendship where he would join me at some of the schools where we serviced machines and worked on others in our store and at home. He would bring his thermos of tea and at lunch would tell me some of many stories of the early days of his career and the time he spent in the military. In many respects, he reminded of my own father who is long passed away, with his concern for myself and Kelly, his sharing and his generous spirit of helping. Often he would say "that ones on the house" and in return, I would drop him off supplies that he was unable to procure for machines he worked on for others. I'm sure there were more than a 100 trips to his house to pick up and drop off some of the "old time machines" he was fond of working on. He would always ask - "can you stay for a coffee? I want to hear what's new at the store! Mel was a good friend to the store and good friend to me. I will miss my friend. - Posted by: Rob Truthwaite (Good Friend) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • My condolences to the Maguire Family. Mel was a wonderful person, full of spark and always cheerful and never lost for words. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: June Hlady (Cousin) on: Aug 28, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Mel's family. I am Bill Harris' niece and knew Mel from Bill's sewing business. I also owned the Petro-Canada on Pembina and Bairdmore and Mel was one of my customers. We had many interesting chats and I'm sure he will be missed. - Posted by: Louise Bloomfield (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2021

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