Irwin, Melvin John

Melvin John Irwin

Melvin John Irwin

1928 - 2003

Mel Irwin.jpgMel passed away January 8, 2003 at home.  He was born October 17, 1928 in the Mount Nebo District of Thompson Municipality.  He and Mary (nee Friesen) were married October 25, 1952. 

Mel was a lifetime farmer.  Raised on the farm he gained vast amounts of knowledge working on his own acreage and for neighboring farmers.  Mel finished his working career employed by the RM of Thompson doing bridge construction and weed control. 

Mel had a great love of the outdoors.  He loved to be up on his field and enjoy the view of the countryside.  He was also an avid hunter and evolved into an avid conservationist.  His biggest passion was feeding the deer and wild turkeys.  Mel enjoyed reading pioneer and western stories.  He loved to reminisce and tell stories of the past.

Mel will be greatly missed by his wife Mary, daughter Shirley and grandson Robert, son Douglas and wife Leona, son Phillip and wife Marilyn, his brothers Mervin, Harold and Ross, sisters Elsie and Irene and families.

Mel was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Annie Irwin, granddaughter Aurora Marie Irwin in 1996, brothers Elmer, Clifford and Winston, sisters Velma, Marjorie, Verna, Eileen and Gertrude.

Funeral service was held Saturday January 11, 2003, 2:00pm at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden, with Rev. Morris Vincent officiating.  Interment followed at Miami Cemetery.

The family would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Carman RCMP, the Emergency Response personnel, Boundary Trails Health Centre staff and Dr. Abbu for their prompt and caring efforts at the time of Dad's passing.  Thanks also to Wiebe Funeral Chapel and their excellent staff.  Special thanks to all Mel's friends and neighbors for all the wonderful support of food, flowers, cards, etc.  It is deeply appreciated. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 301-352 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Mb. R3B 2H8.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements. 

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