February 9, 1938 - March 16, 2020
MELVYN RALPH SINCLAIR
In loving memory of Melvyn Ralph Sinclair, who suddenly passed away March 16, 2020.
Mel was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Alma; brothers, Earl, George, Roy, and Bud; sisters, Clara and Audrey; his first wife, Hazel; and stepson, Robert. He is survived by his loving wife of many years, Mary. Mel also leaves behind his children, Andy (Andrea), Tracey (Ed), Shelley (Wes), and Heather (Jim); stepchildren, Walter (Janet), Richard (Colette), Donald, and Susan (Kevin); as well as several grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Born February 9, 1938, in Whitemouth, MB. Mel spent his childhood growing up in the country, where he had many fond memories of the farm.
Mel lived his early adult years in Seven Sisters, where he worked for the forestry industry. In the early 1960’s, he became a corrections officer at Stony Mountain Penitentiary, where he was also active in the union. Mel retired after 29 years of dedicated service, for which he received commendation from Prime Minister, Jean Chretien. He was held in high esteem by his colleagues as a member of the Correctional Services of Canada.
Leisure activities enjoyed by Mel included fishing, camping, and boating with the boys. At home, he enjoyed spending time with Mary, and watching nature and wrestling programs.
Following his retirement, and never one to stay idle, Mel was caretaker at various apartment/condo complexes.
For the past three years, Mel lived with dementia. He resided at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre. Although his memory was fading, Mel loved his time with Mary, visits with his daughters, conversation over a good cup of coffee, and a love for sweets, particularly Lindt chocolate. Through whatever life brought his way, Mel always kept his excellent sense of humour. We will forever miss the twinkle in his eyes.
A graveside memorial will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Tyndall Cemetery, a mile and a half north of Hwy 44 on Rd 35E. Social distancing will be practiced in accordance with health regulations.
If friends or family so wish, donations can be made in Mel’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba.
Condolences may be sent to www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com