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Born: Apr 10, 1940

Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2021

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ROBERTS, Dr. Melville George Stewart, M.D. F.R.C.S.C. (Orthopaedic Surgeon) April 10, 1940 – October 12, 2021. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and husband Melville George Stewart Roberts on Tuesday October 12, 2021. Mel was born April 10, 1940 in Peterborough, ON to James and Ethel (née Dale). He was the youngest of 5 children (Jean, James, Shirley, and Ethel). His love for classical music was encouraged from a young age, and his passion for the clarinet began as a teenager when he received his brother's hand me down instrument. As an adult he went on to play in the Brandon Community Orchestra, the Winnipeg Westwood band, Oompah band during Winterfest, and yearly attended band camp at the International Peace Gardens. Mel set out to follow in the family tradition as an Engineer, until an elective course taken in his first year inspired him to switch paths. Mel graduated from the University of Western Ontario Medical School, class of 1965. It was during this time that Mel met his wife Carol (née Goulding) at Saint Thomas Psychiatric hospital, where we have been assured they were both working for the summer. Their first date was an auspicious one, which Carol had not been informed of. Mel thought that she was to be his blind date, for a double date to the horse races in London, ON. Carol thought she was being given a lift to London to visit her uncle who was in hospital. While on the road to London, Mel made enough of an impression that Carol decided to join him at the races since her uncle was in a coma and would not know if she had visited. Taking pity on Mel's losing streak, Carol suggested they form a partnership so long as she got to pick the horses. This partnership was fruitful netting a profit of 8 dollars, a marriage of 57 years, 4 children (Steven, Peter, Lisa, and Diane), and 4 grandchildren (Julie, Michelle, Julian, and Sophia). Upon graduation from medical school, Mel and Carol moved to Edmonton where he completed his training in Orthopaedic Surgery. With thoughts of being closer to family, they settled in Brandon in 1971 where he practiced medicine for 45 years at the Brandon Clinic and Brandon General Hospital. Even with his busy practice, he was a loving husband and indulgent father who was generous with his time and attention. No matter how late he finished his day, he always made us feel that he was delighted to play a game or throw a ball with us. Summer holidays were family time spent at Pelican Lake, boating, playing games and allowing us kids to help him add a pound of nails to the cottage. He always encouraged our participation, and was never critical of our efforts even when it slowed him down. He was a quiet man, softly spoken, who often amazed us with his vast knowledge of trivia. Mel lived his life with no fuss or theatrics. He was so easy to be with. A gentle, gentleman to the very end. We are grateful for the time he spent with us. His wonderful smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed. A funeral service will be held at St. Matthew's Cathedral, 403–13th Street on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 2:00pm. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend. Donations in memory of Mel Roberts may be made to Samaritan House Ministries, Safe and Warm program (820 Pacific Ave, Brandon MB R7A 0J1) or Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation (150 McTavish Ave E, Brandon MB R7A 2B3).

As published in Brandon Sun on Oct 16, 2021, Oct 18, 2021, Oct 19, 2021, Oct 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My cousin Mel was a childhood playmate. I remember when I first came to Canada and was enrolled in the same school. He used to tease me a lot. Once when he was the crossing guard he told me I had crossed the street wrong and that he was going to tell the principal. I was petrified. Luckily nothing became of it. We used to play in the barn behind Alexander Avenue and in the dog house of Spotty the dog. Many memories. I will miss him and love him very much. - Posted by: Penny Pearce (Cousin) on: Dec 01, 2021

  • Carol, Steven, Peter, Lisa, Diane - My sympathy on your loss. He was a kind neighborhood parent who could fold his long legs into the white VW beetle easily! He was also a calm employer: I recall only a slight raising of his eyebrows the night this hapless teenaged babysitter unwittingly poured generous glasses of homemade wine from the plastic jug in the fridge for bed snack for the kids. He made the world a better place in so many ways. Cherish the memories. - Posted by: karen Juce (family friend) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • Truly glad that folks like you, Mel, initiated and helped to grow the civilizing activity of amateur music making. We missed you when we had our first in person get together yesterday I remembered hearing your clarinet played at St. Matthews when we gathered to remember and honour your life. Rest in peace and in the memories of many who knew you. And hugs for Carol. Marie. G. - Posted by: Marie (orchestra friend) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • Our condolences to Carol, Steven and his girls Julie & Michelle, Lisa & Scott Julian & Sophia and Peter and Diane. We were fortunate to have met Mel and to be able to appreciate who he was by example of his very kind and humble Son Steve and his girls. A beautiful family that will carry the torch of Mel's spirit. You are all truly blessed to have had such a great Dad and Grandpa. Love, Grant, Zory , Summer, and Kristen. Big hugs for Carol. xoxo - Posted by: GRANT LAGIMODIERE (Family friend) on: Oct 20, 2021

  • My condolences to the family on Mel's passing. I always appreciated his dry wit and kind disposition. This obituary is a lovely tribute to a man, obviously much-loved, and a life well-lived. - Posted by: Kristin (Hein) Insull (Former fellow Brandon Community Orchestra member) on: Oct 19, 2021

  • Sometimes I just wish we could stop the forward march of time. Dear Uncle Mel... a giant of a person, in every way. - Posted by: Anne Potter (Niece) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • Our condolences to Mel's family. Linda and I lived down the street from Mel and his family at 66 Ashgrove for 5 years. I often assisted Mel in the OR (especially after our clinics), usually assisting with a fractured hip or ankle. I have fond memories of working with your father. I remember if I snipped his sutures too long he would gently remind me to concentrate and be more precise in my snipping. Linda and I are so sorry to hear of his passing. Carol and Mel were always fun and kind. They also called us 'the kids'. Chris & Linda Engel - Posted by: CHRISTOPHER V W ENGEL (former partner brandon clinic) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • Rest in peace Mel. I spent a good chuck of the early/mid 1970s in the backyard or basement of the Roberts’ home—often playing games of Monopoly that went on for days while Dr Robert’s practiced his clarinet upstairs. Mel and Carol were very tolerant and welcoming hosts to the crew of young ruffians in the basement. My condolences to Carol, Steve (Dee), Peter, Lisa and Diane. - Posted by: Keith Bergner (Family friend) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • Carol, Steven, Peter, Lisa and Diane - we were so saddened to hear about Mel. Sending our thoughts and prayers along with our deepest sympathy. Al & Ruth - Posted by: Al and Ruth McEachern (cousins) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • My cousin Mel was my childhood friend and cousin. We enjoyed great experiences, making a house of the doghouse of Scotty the family dog. Once he told me he was going to tell the principal of. the school on me as I had crossed the road wrong. I had just come to Canada and didn’t know about school crossings and. He was a crossing guard. He would tease me no end and although I tried to enlist the support of the adults no one bothered to come to my support. I miss you so much my friend but glad that you are not in the pain and confusion of a lengthy illness. Love always Penny - Posted by: Penny Pearce (Cousin) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • My love and condolences to Carol and all the family. What a beautiful and personal obituary. Mel was a treasure. And as you said, a gentle, and creative gentleman. - Posted by: Louise Roberts (Sister in law) on: Oct 16, 2021

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