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EARL MICHAEL MELCOSKY (published on April 12, 2009)

EARL MICHAEL MELCOSKY November 23, 1958 - April 7, 2009 It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Earl Michael Melcosky on April 7, 2009. He fought a valiant ten month battle with cancer, but with family by his side, he knew the time to rest had come. Remaining to cherish his memory is wife Lori, son Tyson, and daughter Kylie. Also mourning his death is his mother Matilda Melcosky, Minnedosa, MB; sister Shirley Selewich, niece Denise, great-niece Delainey, nephew Bryan, Minnedosa, MB; sister and brother-in-law Elsie and Bruce Ray, niece Angela and fiancé Ed, nephew Jonathan, Brandon MB; sister and brother-in-law Pat and Terry Storozuk, Winnipeg; sister and brother-in-law Eleanor and Dave Marnock, nephew Ryan, great-niece Alexis, Minnedosa MB; and brother Allan, Toronto. Earl was predeceased by his father, Peter Melcosky in 1976. Earl was born in Minnedosa on November 23, 1958. He received part of his elementary schooling in Sandy Lake, before moving off the farm and into Minnedosa in 1965. Earl was always ambitious and this was evident at a young age, when he worked at Wilton Motors. This may have spurred his interest in the automotive industry. Earl tried drywalling for a bit, but he was drawn back to cars. He moved to Winnipeg in 1979, and worked at El Toro Motors. An opportunity arose for him to belong to a rock band as a sound technician, and he jumped at the chance. He had such good memories of time spent with a great bunch of guys (and good musicians too!). Earl saw a lot of Canada this way, as they toured from province to province. In 1981 the band dissolved and Earl decided it was time to grow up. He was fortunate to be hired at Furby Motors as a delivery driver; a company that would shape his future. Over the next 14 years at Furby Motors he learned so much from some great mentors. He needed to apply that knowledge elsewhere, so in 1995 he left to work for KEM Manufacturing, an American based company. He quickly proved his abilities and became the Canadian Regional Manager in a few short years. He spent 12 years with this company and enjoyed many challenges. In June 2007, he was proud to accept a position with Modem Sales Co-op, as their Business Development Manager. He was very excited about where this road would lead, and where he could lead the company. He was just getting started on his plan, when in June 2008 he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Leaving a job he loved was one of the hardest things for him. Earl met Lori Clark, from the rivaling town of Neepawa, at a dance when they were just 16. It was a relationship that would remain for over 30 years. On June 2,1984 they were married and would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year. In July of 1989 they welcomed their firstborn; Tyson Jared. Earl was so excited to have a son to go to the Bomber games with. After moving to Crestview, where they presently reside, a new baby was on the way. Earl was certain it was a girl from day one, and in March 1993, Kylie Raine arrived. She was Daddy's little girl and capable of rapping him around her little finger on more than one occasion. Earl was never happier than when partaking in activities involving his children. He was their biggest fan at sports events and rarely missed a school function. He loved to take Ty out on the golf course, and taught him how to scope the woods efficiently so they could leave with a full bag of balls! Earl was a simple man with a personality that was infectious. Laughter and jokes came easy to him, and his smile was as wide as a Cheshire cat's! These qualities contributed greatly to his success in business, and he made many friends throughout his life. He enjoyed certain luxuries and spared no expense for a good time. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and was somewhat of a pool shark. He travelled immensely, both for business and pleasure. The only province he had yet to visit was the Yukon. Earl and Lori and the kids had many family vacations to Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, US and BC. He especially enjoyed the cruises, a family trip to California and houseboat vacations on the Shuswap. Winters were spent in hockey rinks, cheering on his kids (and the occasional suggestion to a ref about how to do the job!) and summers he was on the sidelines of a soccer field or baseball diamond. He was very proud of his children's abilities. Earl's selfless attitude and dedication made him an outstanding provider as well. Throughout this battle, beginning in June 2008, Earl has been the bravest, most positive person anyone could be in this situation. He began each day with optimism and hope. He never let his problems dominate the conversation, and he was a pleasure to spend time with. His will and determination were relentless. Earl would like us to thank many members of the health care team, but especially Dr. Pat Harris and staff of Grace CancerCare. Thanks to many other Grace Hospital staff who had the good fortune to meet Earl on one of his overhaul visits. Words cannot express the gratitude he felt from all the support of family and friends. The constant stream of visitors and phone calls speaks volumes about his character. We will all be better people for having known him. There will be a public visitation Monday April l3 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Earl's life at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr., on April 18 at 1:00 p.m. A graveside ceremony will take place in the summer in Minnedosa, on his father's plot. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the Canadian Cancer Society in Earl's memory. Our Grief Equals Only Our Love For You Chapel Lawn 885 - 9715

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