Melvin Whitlock Smale
6 July , 1928 – 24 June , 2018
Mel Smale died in his 90th year. Mel was a generous, charming man who lived fully and loved life. He worked in Construction Management building mines in BC, the Philippines, Australia, Papua New Guinea and the US. He had a prodigious memory for people and places and was a great storyteller willing to share his early escapades of growing up in the prairies, his work and travels around the world. He excelled at solving problems, debating issues, taking a great interest in current affairs. Upon retirement he and his wife Marie continued to travel extensively until Marie passed in 2006. He missed her deeply. He is survived by children Tom (Debby) Smale, Sheryl (Ron) Smale/Taylor, Brenda Cichon, Debbie Mochinski, Jim (Melissa) Smale, Cathy (George) Sciberras and 13 grandchildren whom he adored Clint (Jodie), Claire (Steve), Nicole (Cam), Jill (Jonathan), Ashlee (Johnny), Melanie (Anthony), Daniel (Danielle), Matthew (Saphia), Alex (Chloe), Jordan, Kelsey, Taylor and Kaley. Cherished great grandchildren Carter, Emma, Rachel, Ariel and Baker. Mel was born in Kylemore, Saskatchewan, with a family home in Mission for 50 years. He most recently resided in Langley. He will be missed by many friends and extended family including brother Andy, sister-in-law’s Pat and Elaine, brother-in-law Ernie & Marg in Saskatchewan. Mel was predeceased by his brothers Ray and Ivan Godhe. The family wishes to thank Irma his caregiver, the nurses and staff on Four South at Langley Hospital and the many dear friends who came to visit or called. A Celebration of Mel’s Life to be held at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 14831 28th Avenue, Surrey, BC at 1:00 PM on Saturday July 28th, 2018. Condolences may be offered at www.victorymemorialpark.com
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Shannon L. Alder
- Celebration of Life Saturday, 28 July , 2018
- Reception Saturday, 28 July , 2018
Melvin Whitlock Smale
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Marlene and Glen Smale
27 July 2018
Glen and I would like to extend our condolences to you upon the passing of your father and grandfather, Mel. He was a larger than life man whom we all enjoyed seeing whenever he returned to the Wadena/Kylemore/Rosebud area. My father (Edgar) Smale) always delighted in his visits and the wonderful stories of his travels and work in far off lands. And after each visit he made sure we (Lawrence, Glen, Mavis, Nina and
I) had the news of his latest adventures. How wonderful that he had the opportunity to live a long life in which he could know and cherish his grandchildren as he did his children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Marlene and Glen Smale.
Jillian St. James
27 July 2018
Mel was a very sweet , giving
Caring, kind and intelligent man .
I worked with mel for two years as one of his care takers although it never seemed like a job for me , i thought of it as more of a friendship and a special bond between us. mel made me feel at home and a lot of the time it felt like we were taking care of each other, I can honestly say that the two years I worked with mel were some of my most memorable and enjoyable times, it was one of the first jobs I can say I actually truly loved and most of it had to do with his personality and kind heart .
You will be greatly missed mel and your impact on my life will never be forgotten .
Thank you .
Leona & Darcy Smale
19 July 2018
We were so sorry to hear of Mel's passing but we know that he has now joined the love of his life that he missed so much. Mamie, Darcy & I enjoyed his visits to Saskatchewan so much and we will miss him deeply. He was such an intelligent, hard working and generous man and we relished his stories he told us from working around the world. Mamie, Darcy and I give you all big hugs and kisses as you go through your grief and wish we could be there to support you and honour Mel. He will always be fondly remembered by Mamie, Darcy, Kelly, Randy and families. Our deepest condolences.