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MELNYK, Walter

November 12, 1921 – December 02, 2011

Walter Melnyk, 90, beloved husband of Mary, peacefully passed away at home on December 2nd, 2011 surrounded by loving family.

Walter was born November 12, 1921, in a farmhouse 6 miles east of Rosthern, Saskatchewan, to Sam and Annie (nee Krysak) Melnyk. He attended normal school at the City College in Saskatoon and graduated in 1941 with a teaching degree. In 1942 he volunteered for military duty.

Walter was a Lieutenant Signals officer in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. He served aboard the HMCS Belleville based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was on Convoy Duty on the mid Atlantic Ocean, from Halifax to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and on to Londonderry, Ireland. Walter met Mary in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1944, while she was serving in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. They were married at King’s College Chapel on March 16th, 1945 in full military attire.

He worked for thirty-seven years as an employee of Canada Packers, along with being a member of The Royal Canadian Legion #264 for forty-four years. He enjoyed golfing with the family and critiquing hockey from the press box with his brother-in-law Doug. Once he retired he became a world class e-mailer.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Mary (nee Barkley), and children; Gary (Susan) of Toronto, Dean (Karen) of Calgary, Gayle (John Michalyshyn) of Canmore, his grandchildren; Josh and Melissa of Calgary, Rodger and Mary-Jo (Pradeep) of Toronto, Nicholas and Noah of Canmore, along with great-granddaughter Taylor and loving sister Mary Dudder of Calgary. He is survived by brothers-in-law Doug Barkley (Marianne Brandow), Ron (Edith) Barkley and Stan Martin, as well as sisters-in-law Velma and Ollie Barkley; and numerous nieces, nephews and cherished friends. He is pre-deceased by his parents; two infant brothers; sister Sally and Don Beer, as well as brother-in-law Don Dudder.

“The whole country is in mourning for a sailor that died.“

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Thanks to Dr. D. Reuther and the staff of the Tom Baker cancer center, the nurses of palliative care with special thanks to Lana and Daelin and family doctor Keith Laatsch. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Walter Melnyk, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Alison Jenner and Thom Ulevog :

    Mary, our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. We remember Wally’s emails and smile!

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  2. Lazzaro Mautone & Optimus Building Corporation :

    Dean, our sincere condolences to your mother, yourself, family and extended family. It is unfortunate but take solace that he lived a full life with many adventures. Remember the happy time and cherish them. He will live forever in your heart and mind. God Bless.

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  3. Linda and Greg Lee :

    He was a terrific Uncle and we will miss him greatly. We loved his sense of humour, his laughter but above all his caring attitude. He loved his family and was deeply proud of them all. I will cherish my memories of him and keep him close in my heart.

    Greg & Linda Lee

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  4. Kim Lee-Knight :

    Mary and Family,
    My heartfelt condolences to you and yours on Walter’s passing. He was always a bright spot in my day. Always quick with a joke. I will remember him for his kindness, caring and warm demeanor. This is truly a loss.

    Kim Lee-Knight

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  5. Tom and Audrey Hale :

    Rest in Peace, Walter. It was a treat to have known you for the last 50 years. You could always make us laugh.
    Warm and sincere condolences to your family.

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  6. Bill and Joanne Luca :

    Our condolences to your family. Thank you for your wonderful sense of humor; we will miss your jokes and your many emails.
    Bill and Joanne Luca

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