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Ernie Melnyk, 75, passed away on Wednesday April 20, 2016 in Kelowna BC. He was born July 24, 1940 to Catherine and John Melnyk on a farm outside Prince Albert, SK. On December 30, 1960 he married his sweetheart Mary Yates in Prince Albert.

Ernie was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and educator. He was an avid sports fan and full of fun. He will be missed by many people within BC and SK.

Survivors include his wife Mary, brother Ron/Joan, sister-in-law Heather, son Blaine/Corinne, daughter Sherry-anne/Adam, 4 grandchildren: Skylar, Seth, Taylor and Brody, nieces: Andrea and Leanne, nephews: Larry and Paul along with many cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by brother Zonnie and his parents.

A time of gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Memorial donation can be made to Masterpiece Campaign at St. Josephs Elementary School, 250-575-6996 or hroutley@cisnd.ca.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Springgfield Funeral Home

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Memorial donation can be made to Masterpiece Campaign at St. Josephs Elementary School, 250-575-6996 Link: hroutley@cisnd.ca


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The service for MELNYK, Ernie is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springgfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Fr. Andriy Werbowy and family says:

    Dear Blaine and family,
    We extend our most sincere heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your father Ernie. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you. May his memory be everlasting.
    Sincerely in Christ,
    Father Andriy and family

  • Eric Nelson says:

    Dear Mary, and Blaine and Sherry Anne — Please know that I am stunned and distressed by your sudden loss of my good friend Ernie. Dr. Darrell Hamm informed me today, as I am up in Revelstoke at duaghter Rana’s and family, recovering from a hip replacement operation of last week. I will not be back in Kelowna until later Thursday so am unable to attend the Tuesday service. Please forgive my absence, and accept my deep condolences on the loss of Ernie, a good and long-time friend who we know is in a better place a little before the rest of us. Old Prince Albert friend, Eric Nelson.

  • Christine Kary says:

    Mr. Melnyk placed me in the work experience program in Allan, SK in 2004. He told me I could go anywhere I wanted with my career. There wasn’t anyone in our class who didn’t love Mr. Melnyk because he was funny, kind, and relatable to us students. I just wanted the family to know how well regarded he was in our school, and by me personally, and I am so saddened to learn of his passing. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

  • Anne (Rolheiser) Moldenhauer says:

    Ernie was the VP at Allan School when I began teaching there fresh out of University. He was encouraging, and treated me with fairness and humour in spite of my first year blunders. I enjoyed his adventurous stories throughout the years and will remember his gravelly voice and laugh. We are sorry for your loss, Mary and family. May you remember him well. With our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for your comfort. Anne and Ken Moldenhauer, Allan SK

  • Tim Hartz says:

    Mr. Melnyk was one of my favourite teachers in high school and I am sorry to hear of his passing. I’ll always remember our class trip to France during our grade 12 year with him.

  • Dawn Huber says:

    What a lost. Mr. Melnyk was a credit to his profession. Undeniably his impact that he made on us (his students) continues and is passed on to the next generation.
    If we can only catch a portion of his passion and ability to challange others to succeeded.
    Thank you for everything you did for us.

  • Brandy (Houle) Stefan says:

    Mr Melynk, was a wonderful man. He was a great educator and was my VP at Alkan School. I have many fond memories if him from our social studies class trip to Regina, my curling coach through out Jr and Sr high, I am still a curler too! His hearty laugh could be heard from anywhere!
    May his memories ease the pain if losing a loved one, know that he left lasting memories with not only his family but many of his students.
    Thoughts and prayers with all the family.

  • Sharon Compton says:

    Dear Mary and Family,

    I had the pleasure of working with Ernie in his later years at then Saskatoon East SD. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man with the world. The difference he made in the lives of the students he worked with is significant. He will be remembered as a man who loved life and making a difference for others.

  • Jaynie says:

    News of my cousin Ernie’s passing came late and as a sudden shock! He was a good man and I know what a terrible loss this is to you, Mary, and his 2 children and 4 grandchildren. He was loved, respected, and admired by so many people. Loved ones, students, co workers and all the fun times recalled by his many friends whose lives he touched in many ways. My heartfelt blessings and prayers go out to you his loving family and extended families. God bless you all in this time of deep sorrow.

  • Morris and Madaline Sluchinski says:

    Dear Mary ,Blaine and Sherri and families…….We were shocked to read Ernie’s obit…..but so happy that it was in our paper.Oh for the good old ”Goldfin” days!!We will always remember Ernie with his great smile….and his catchy laugh when we worked ”meets” or ran the streets selling car tickets…or working a bingo!! Those were the years.Mary and family–please accept our deepest sympathies and our shared sorrow at this loss of a truly great human being!We were lucky to know you all and share those years together.It will be hard to be without such a vital person….butwe are sure your memories will always bring a smile to your lips. Take care of yourselves and thank you again for remembering all of us in SK. who remember you all with great fondness!!Mike and Michelle were saddened by this as well….they are much older now….but still the Goldfin feeling is there.

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