Dad was a man that lived to his own drum and that drum stopped on December 17, 2014. He leaves this earth to join his mother and his very beloved brother James. Dad leaves behind our amazing mother Carol his wife of 52 years, and his children Reg (Leesa) Jeff (Diane) Susan (Troy) and Trena as well as his honorary son Ian. Dad also leaves behind his pride and joy, his grandchildren Randelin, Amanda, Quinn, Makayla, Beau, Cole B, Cole C, Ryan, Ellie, Omar, Thom and Sam, and his sister in law Linda as well as a niece Rhonda (Allan). He was a wonderful grandfather who would tell stories and the kids would listen for hours. He had so much patience for them all.
Dad was born on September 10, 1938 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan and had his challenges as a youth but he was able to persevere. Mom and dad moved to Salmon Arm from Calgary with their young family to start a new life. Dad loved Salmon Arm the first time he visited, for Mom it took longer. Dad was a big dreamer who provided us with many adventures as we grew up, always looking for a new project to think about.
Mom and dad always had a coffee on for anyone that stopped by and ready for a good conversation (debate).
Dad was able to connect with his paternal family later in life and such a blessing. It provided him with the piece of his history that was missing in his life.
Dad has been unhealthy for several years and we are so happy that he was able to keep going all these years. He was able to see his children and grandchildren in a good place and he could see the future generation on the horizon. We know he did not want to leave our mother but his physical body gave up on him.
Dad’s big smile and sense of humor will forever be in our memory as we fondly think of all the laughs and times we shared.
Run Free, breath in the fresh, clean air. We love you dad and we will miss you.
There will be no service, but a celebration of his live at a later date to share memories and tell some Mel stories. Email condolences can be sent through Melvyn’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralhome.com