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Melnechuk, Dale

March 22, 1939 - April 6, 2017

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MELNECHUK – On April 6th Dale Melnechuk, a good man with a gentle soul, passed away peacefully at the age of 78 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The defining qualities of his life were his love of family and community, and his kind and considerate way of dealing with everyone he met.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dale wore his Ukrainian and Icelandic heritage proudly and never lost the connection with his prairie roots. A job opportunity brought him and his young family to Nelson in 1965 beginning his life-long love of this town and its beautiful natural surroundings. Unforeseen circumstances intervened and Dale ended up as the primary parent of four of his five young children, something that was not very common in the early 1970’s. He did it bravely and capably, with a few amusing mishaps along the way, especially related to cooking.  In 1976 he married Gerrie, the love of his life, and together they forged a deep and enduring bond that would last for over 40 years.

Dale was known for many years as the proprietor of Cutler’s News on Baker Street, where his cheerful service was appreciated by locals and tourists alike. He also took pride in serving his community, as a long-time member of the executive at the Royal Canadian Legion and as a member of the Employment Insurance Appeal Board. He was the kind of citizen who makes Nelson a great place to live.

Dale loved hiking, camping and skiing with Gerrie, reading, tending their beautiful garden, a beer at the Legion, kids and dogs, and most of all, having his family gathered around him. He was a caring husband and father and a really fun grandfather. He dealt with his cruel illness stoically and thanks to Gerrie’s loving care he was able to maintain his quality of life and stay the person he was much longer than anyone could have hoped.

Missing Dale terribly but happy that he is now at rest are Gerrie, children Tara (Terry), Wendy (Mike), Karen (Bruce), Greg (Lana) and Colin, grandchildren Jessica (Mike), Sabrina, Paul and Thomas, great-granddaughter Lexi, sister Diane and many other family members and friends.

Our deepest thanks to LaViva Seniors Living (Vivian, Olena, Lise, Soon Yeen, Lynn and Devon) who helped us make this journey with grace.  Grateful appreciation also to the staff at Jubilee Manor for their loving care of Dale and their support of Gerrie during the past three years.

If you so desire, donations in Dale’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC  http://www.alzheimer.ca/bc or Nelson Jubilee Manor/Place Foundation 500 W. Beasley St., Nelson BC  V1L 6G9.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 21st from 2 to 4 pm at the Legion Hall.

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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Joan Billett
Relation: Through Cutlers

Gerri & family I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. It’s hard to believe that it’s 20 years since Dale checked my lottery ticket & confirmed that I had won

From: Sheilah Fofonow
Relation: Knew him from Jubilee manor.

Was saddened on hearing Dale had passed. He will certainly be missed. Finally he is flying free. My thoughts are with you. Sheilah

From: Guy Roy
Relation: former neighbours.

Gerri, So So sorry to hear of Dales passing. You can be rest assured that he and Theo are running free in heaven. I am planning on attending the service. If I can do anything for you please give me a call. 250 428 8616.
Love and hugs,
Guy

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: Friend

So sad for what this disease stole when it struck Dale.
He was such a vibrant,happy,lovely person who was so nice to work and deal with at the Legion, where he did more than his share on the executive .He was always helpful and willing to share knowledge with me. I admired ,respected and looked up to Dale.He was such a sweet, genuine person , and I always loved the way he spoke so lovingly of Gerri.
I know what a difficult road this has been for his family. May your hearts now be filled with the best of memories of life with him.
He was a precious one. Rest in peace Dale.

From: Lillian Pavelick
Relation: Attended school in Macklin

My deepest sympathy and condolences to Gerrie and Dale’s family. Both my brother John Schmidt, and I attended school and grew up with Dale in Macklin. We have many fond memories of those times, especially the endless card games, & learning to jive lessons. We kept in touch through visits back to Macklin. May time heal your loss and memories ease your pain.
Lillian (Schmidt) Pavelick

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
May 21, 2017
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Nelson Legion Hall
402 Victoria Street
NELSON, BC Canada V1L 4K5

402 Victoria Street
NELSON, BC Canada V1L 4K5

Memorial Gifts

If you so desire, donations in Dale’s memory can be made to

the Alzheimer’s Society of BC  http://www.alzheimer.ca/bc

or

Nelson Jubilee Manor/Place Foundation 500 W. Beasley St., Nelson BC  V1L 6G9.

Thank You Notice

Our deepest thanks to LaViva Seniors Living (Vivian, Olena, Lise, Soon Yeen, Lynn and Devon) who helped us make this journey with grace.  Grateful appreciation also to the staff at Jubilee Manor for their loving care of Dale and their support of Gerrie during the past three years.

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