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MELVIN (MELVYN) JOHN SHIBLEY (published on June 26, 2010)

MELVIN (MELVYN) JOHN SHIBLEY Surrounded by his loving family, Mel Shibley passed away peacefully at home on June 22, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Left to mourn his loss are his wife, Betty, his four children, Maureen (Gerard), Colleen, Michael (Susie), Karen (Gordon), his nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, sister-in law, Wendy, and nephews, Scott and Tyler as well as a large circle of family and friends. Mel was predeceased by his parents, John and Ivy Shibley and brother, Edward (Ted) Shibley. Mel was born in Winnipeg on May 6, 1933. At the age of 16, he moved with his family to property on the banks of the Red River in North Kildonan where he worked in his family's market garden and greenhouse business while attending high school. In 1958, Mel married the love of his life, Betty. Together they raised four children, and spent many happy summers camping and later, going to their cottage at Beresford Lake in Nopiming Provincial Park. After graduating from high school, Mel spent several years working at various jobs, including working as a partner in his family's market garden business. In 1961, Mel found his life-long vocation when he joined the City of Winnipeg's accounting department. Mel obtained his Registered Industrial Accountant (RIA) designation in 1969. In 1985, his designation was changed to that of Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He completed a four year program in Public Administration at the University of Manitoba in 1973 and served as a member of the Board of Directors on the City of Winnipeg Employee Benefits Board for 11 years until 1994. In 1995, he retired from the City of Winnipeg as Director of the Budget Bureau. After retirement, Mel was free to pursue his many interests. Among other things, he enjoyed building furniture, making wine, and, of course, spending time at his cottage, swimming and boating in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter with family and friends. Mel had a dry wit and a perpetual twinkle in his eye. His grandchildren adored him and enjoyed being the victims of his gentle pranks. He was a man of integrity and was a kind and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Cremation has taken place. Mel's ashes will be laid to rest in the Shibley family plot at the First Presbyterian Cemetery in West St. Paul. A memorial service for Mel will be held at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens at 4477 Main Street at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. A reception will follow immediately afterward. The family wishes to thank the nurses, doctors and other support service staff at the W.R.H.A., Palliative Care Unit for their dedicated and sensitive care of Mel. Special thanks to Anne, the nurse at Palliative Care for her kindness and professionalism. Also thanks to Brenda Asham of We Care who eased Mel's final days with her kind and gentle presence. Finally, many thanks to the friends and neighbours who supported Mel and his family throughout this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2B7. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111


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