Melvin Roy Stewart
5 September, 1960 – 9 June, 2020
Melvin Roy Stewart passed away on June 9, 2020 at the age of 59 years. He is survived by his children, Dylan Stewart and Victoria Chrysler (Douglas) of Calgary; his brother Murray of Regina; his sisters Maryann Chase (Jody) and Dian Wenzel (Brad) of Calgary; nephews, Dustin, Bradley and Jacob, his nieces Taylor, Shelby and Katie. He is also survived by his former wife and lifelong friend Cory. Mel was predeceased by his infant sister Rosemary, his parents Beaton and Jean.
Mel grew up in the Fredericton, N.B. area developing a love of the water, woods, nature and the great outdoors. He had a way with animals, passing that love onto his children.
Mel worked in the new home construction industry since arriving in Calgary in 1987. He was a talented carpenter starting a contracting company in 1989 where he both mentored and employed many over the years. Some suggesting working with him over a summer would convince you that finishing school was a better idea. Mel worked hard!
Mel will be remembered for his dry quick wit, tenacity and playfulness, often the prankster. His loyalty, generousity and commitment to his family and friends was unmatched.
Mel was not himself the last several years; his battle with addiction finally took his life so young.
A special thanks to Michelle, Ashley and the staff of the Clayton, Alpha House and related agencies.
A memorial will be held once Covid-19 restrictions ease and will be announced at a later date.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Calgary Alpha House Society.
- Calgary Alpha House Society
Melvin Roy Stewart
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10 February 2021
I knew Mel to be an indomitable spirit.
We met while working together in a tough industry- cribbing. We slogged through the mud together. We started a business together. We grew that business and split into each our separate business and continued to be colleagues. Our families and extended families were close. Cory, Dylan, Victoria- I am sorry for the passing of Mel from this world. Please know that in all the struggles of Mel’s life you were the most important aspect of his life. Mel always wanted the best for you. He wanted you to have a good life, and still does. I hope that you can draw from Mel’s strength of spirit, smile and think of Mel a little when things are going good. Laugh it off and keep trying when times are tough. Mel left us with much to draw enjoyment from in his time with us. That is still there for us to think of whenever we want.
Good bye Melster.
9 July 2020
Cory,Dylan and Victoria
So very sorry to hear about Mel.My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
we spent the night at his home when we were in the west years ago.Would have love to got back and visited with him again. He was a great guy for sure and wish we could have got back and spent more time with our great cousin.So sad.
Barbara Stewart - Doyle
9 July 2020
Cory, Dylan, and Victoria
July 8, 2020
I am so sorry about Mel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.
I remember the time Carol, Brian, Tara, and I spent the night at your place when we were out west. Mel barbecued such a great meal for us all. We really enjoyed our visit. That was more than 20 years ago. It made me a proud cousin to read all the wonderful comments about Mel. I wish circumstances had allowed me the opportunity to get to know him better.
I was doing a bit of searching for family tree information when I came upon Mel's obituary. It made me very sad.
19 June 2020
Cory, Victoria, and Dylan,
I am so sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. He sure did have a great sense of humour. Hang on to the good memories. My thoughts are with you and your family.
18 June 2020
Dear Cory, Dylan and Victoria,
We are very saddened to hear about Mel's death. He is irreplaceable and very, very special. Kelly and I rooted hard for him all the way. We trust Mel is with his loving HP, and we pray for you three, that God's love and grace will hold you in His hand.
Lots and lots and lots of love to you guys! You are not alone!
Bonnie and Kelly
14 June 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Mel's family and friends.
I first met Mel in 1988 while working in the oilpatch I would come to Calgary on weekends. We quickly became friends due to our similar sense of humour and work ethic. I eventually started working for Mel when he was my brother Willy's business partner at S&S Contracting.
Mel was great to work for. I cannot remember ever getting into an argument with Mel. If I screwed up some task Mel had a way of offering constructive criticism usually with some humour added in. Mel did not demand respect, he quickly earned it through his affable and appropriately assertive nature.
I now work on a challenging project with challenging people and need to think back to Mel's way of dealing with such situations.
Mel was a valued friend and mentor.