It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to David John Melnychuk, “Daddy Dave”, who passed away peacefully at his home in McCreary, MB on October 15, 2021. He celebrated his 90th birthday in May!
Dave was born to George and Dora Melnychuk (Skibinsky) in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan on May 7, 1931. As a young boy, he had many adventures with cousins and friends. When he was a young man, Dave and the family moved to Glenella, MB to take up farming. It was here that he met Doreen Carter and they soon married on July 16, 1954 in Kelwood, Manitoba. Here, he took up residence and Dave was a farm hand for John Husak, then worked at Wilson’s Garage in Kelwood. Later, Dave purchased the garage and was the sole proprietor for many years, servicing vehicles and farm equipment for the community. When a tragic fire destroyed the business, Dave moved his family to Roblin, MB, where he took up employment with Gaber’s Equipment. After two years, the family returned to Kelwood and Dave operated the Community garage. When he retired, Dave helped a few local farmers to satisfy his passion for operating the equipment. He also drove the school bus for many years.
One of his most proud accomplishments was being a 40+ year member of the Kelwood FD, a number of those serving as chief. He was a very active member of the community. Skidooing, curling, fishing and camping were some of his favourite pastimes, especially with family and friends.
Left to mourn Dave’s passing are his wife of 67 years, Doreen, his three children, Debbie (Danny), Derek (Cheryl), and Donna (Rick). As well, his grandchildren Billy (Traci), Tyrell, Lauryn (Taylor), Carter, Kyle (Tayler), and Koralee (Reilley); great grandchildren Garrett, Ghaven, Bailey, Jasper and Karcyn. He also leaves behind his sister Shirley (Bert), brothers-in-law Ross (Verlene) and Ab (Karol), along with many family and friends.
He will be missed by all, but his pain and suffering have come to an end after years of illness. We were so fortunate to have this big teddy bear of a man for as long as we did. Love you, forever.
During this most difficult time we thank our family and friends for all the kindness, visits, calls, flowers, food and donations to the McCreary Swimming Pool. We also want to thank Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Services, with a special thank you to Ryan Raffray for the intimate graveside service at the Kelwood Cemetery.
Sneath-Strilchuk -McCreary Chapel
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McCreary Swimming Pool
Box 317, McCreary MB R0L 1S0