June 26, 1931 – January 26, 2016
at the age of 84 years
Steve Melnychuk was born to Vera and Eli Melnychuk on June 26, 1931 at Hamlin, Alberta. Upon leaving home after several family moves, he met Mary Scheltens in Burnaby, B.C. and married her in October, 1957. Their home was a busy place with many activities with grandchildren, great grandchildren, family, and friends.
Steve was blessed with and survived by his loving wife Mary, two children, Randy (Debbie) Melnychuk and Julie (Orest) Romaniuk, five grandchildren, Melissa (Walter) Lindberg, Jennifer (Derek) Bay, Joshua (Robyn) Romaniuk, Mark Melnychuk, Sydney Melnychuk, six great grandchildren and three brothers; Orest (Shirley), Bill (Gloria), and Walter (Jacqueline).
Steve was a logger and a chef in a logging camp. He also worked at Sears in Burnaby in the parts department assembling bikes where he later became assistant manager. Then he moved to Kamloops to manage a lighting store for Henry Electric Ltd. He moved back to Clearbrook and opened his own lighting store in Aldergrove (Steve’s Custom Home Lighting), which still exists today. After the lighting store, Steve worked with Sutton Real Estate in Abbotsford until he retired. He moved to Canoe to an acreage with many fruit trees and a luscious garden. He loved woodwork and carpentry.
Steve was predeceased by his parents Vera and Eli, sisters Mary Yellowega and Nancy Melnychuk.
Steve died peacefully at home surrounded by family at the age of 84.
There is no funeral by Steve’s request. Ashes will be laid at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your choice of charity.
I am proud to have called Steve my father inlaw and friend. He was one of the most caring people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. He will be so missed by all that knew him. He is that bright star in the sky.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all the family. He was always so much fun and his family was always his top priority. He will be missed and we know that shining star in the heavens belongs to Steve
We will miss Steve! Steve could always be counted on to lend a helping hand and brighten up the day with a funny story or two. Steve has been a family friend for so long that he and Mary feel like our family. Condolences to the whole family. Love Linda and Darryl
Steve was a bright light to all who knew him. There is no doubt there is a shining star in the heavens. We are blessed to have been part of his life. Our heartfelt condolences go to Mary and family. Hugs and love to you all.