MacDonald Melroy (Mel) Garfield passed away at the Southwood Hospice on August 10, 2008 at the age of 81 years old. He was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan on February 16, 1927. After relocating from Weyburn to Regina as a younger teenager, Mel joined the Canadian Army at 18 years of age and was stationed in Dundern, SK, River’s MB, Camp Shilo, MB. After the Second World War, Mel spent time in Ottawa with the Pay Corps. In 1947, Mel left the service and returned to Regina to continue his high school education and then went to the Reliance School of Commerce. After finishing school, Mel returned back to the Army in 1949, and joined the Medical Corps and was stationed at Fort Osborne and Fort Churchill in Manitoba. While stationed at Fort Churchill, Mel’s brother had just been married so he asked his brother if his new wife Joanne had any sisters. The answer was yes, and over the next few months, Julie started corresponding with Mel and after a very short six month courtship, they were married in 1950. Julie was an ex-Canadian Air Force veteran so she and Mel got along very well. Mel and Julie took up residence in Regina and then were transferred to Chilliwack, BC. As Mel’s enlistment was nearing an end in 1954, he decided to leave the Army and move to Calgary close to Julie’s family. Mel joined Stanolind Oil and Gas company in 1954, which became Pan American Oil and Gas Company and then Amoco Canada Petroleum Company. In 1956, along came son Darrel. Mel continued to progress up the ranks of Amoco, moved into the payroll department, and eventually became the payroll manager. He then moved over to the Information Studies group where he developed and designed many accounting related computer systems for Amoco. Mel’s last major project was to develop an Interactive Computer Payment Invoice System to check for duplicate invoice payments. The project recovered over two million in duplicate payments, when it first started up. Mel was well liked by all that he worked for and with. Mel always enjoyed going on vacation, whether it was a trip to Victoria (where Mel’s aunt lived) down to Liberty Lake near Spokane, Washington, off to the romantic Islands of Hawaii, or to other Western United States sightseeing locations. In later years, many a trip had to have a mandatory Nevada Casino stop to play the slot machines. In 1982, after 28 years with Amoco Canada, Mel retired. Mel and Julie spent many a day travelling and vacationing in their motorhome through Western Canada and the Western United States. Also, in 1982, Mel formed the Amoco Alumni club along with Gordon Hill and serviced as Club President for many years. Mel also serviced in various Alumni Club committees, including publishing a monthly Alumni Club newsletter with his son and running an annual Alumni Golf Tournament for many years. In 1996, unfortunately, Julie passed away. Later that same year, Darrel, having joined Amoco shortly after Mel retired in 1982, decided to take an early departure from Amoco. Mel and Darrel continued to enjoy the good life and travelled to the USA three times a year. Sightseeing and golfing always highlighted their trips. They also snow birded to Roswell, New Mexico for the past twelve winters. Most recently, Mel and Darrel did an accounting and computer system consulting job for Cozy Cowboy Cottage Rentals of Roswell where they developed life long friends, and became one of the family to the Bourque clan. All through Mel’s life, he was a very avid sport participant and fan to playing baseball in Saskatchewan and in the army. Mel and son Darrel were season ticket holders to the Calgary Flames for many years. Included in September 1992, when they escorted fifty Calgary Flames over to St. Petersburg, Kiev, and Moscow USSR to watch the Flames play four exhibition hockey games. Mel was an average golfer, but was always keen to head out to the links for a game. Scoring a hole in one at Heather Glen in 1993 on Father’s Day highlighted his golf. Other sports Mel participated in include going to the Grey Cup by train from Calgary to Vancouver, dipping a line fishing at various Alberta fishing holes, to running and participating in various five pin and ten pin bowling leagues.
Mel is survived by his son Darrel. He is also survived by numerous brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces and nephews and friends located throughout Canada and New Mexico. Mel was predeceased by his wife of forty six years Julie in 1996, his sister Queenie in 1999, his brother Harold (Mack) in 1999, his mother Kathleen in 1986, and his father Duncan in 1961. The family would like to thank to the family doctor, Dr. Marvin Harvey and his staff for their compassion and caring, the Home Care nurses (Irene and Cynthia) and doctors Donald Buie, and Mark Kerba from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. To honour Mel’s wish, there will be no memorial service. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca. In living memory of Mel MacDonald a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences