Melville "Mel" Clifton Mabee, late of Weyburn, SK passed away on July 7, 2019 at the age of 91 years.
He was predeceased by his parents, William and Margaret (Bell) Mabee and great-granddaughter, Hope Grace Nicolson.
Mel is survived by his daughters: Laurel (Robert) Townley and grandsons, Patrick and Blair Townley; Eugenie (Glen) Olafson and grandsons, Robert, Darcy and Christopher Fiedler; adopted daughter, Vicki (Wade) Lewis and grandchildren, Michelle Lewis (Triston Nicolson) Andrea (Devin) Martyniuk; Amanda (Keagan) Coleman plus 6 great grandchildren; brothers: Allen (Phyllis) Mabee, Hugh Mabee, and Glenn (Jeanette) Mabee; his sister, Lynette (Norman) Paarup; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as additional ‘family’: James (Jose) Nightingale and grandchildren, Connie (David) Kruger, Amanda Nightingale (Corey LeBlanc), and Matthew (Britany) Nightingale, plus 8 great grandchildren; Dennis (Bonnie) Sidloski and their family, and many other friends.
Mel was born on January 1, 1928 in Stoughton. No stranger to hard work, Mel had a long, varied work career including: work as a farm hand; he was a good horseman, breaking and driving teams of Clydesdale horses; operated farm and industrial machinery; and worked as an operator in the oil patch. After 24 years working for Ashland/Dome/BP Canada, he retired in 1989. Mel loved horses and had a talent for making harness. Mel loved to work and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He could fix anything. He had a passion for old farm equipment and enjoyed visiting museums.
He loved young people and was good at teaching them ‘life lessons’. Mel loved to socialize and tell stories, he was quite the joker. He was always ready to share a shot of whiskey or a spot of tea with those who visited. Mel will be missed by his many friends and family.
A Private Graveside Service was held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, SK. A Celebration of Life (Scottish Wake) was held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Weyburn Royal Canadian Legion, 150 ~ 3rd Street NE, Weyburn, SK.
Mel's family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Oberkirsch, Nurse Practitioner Camille Megenbir, and House 3 staff at Tatagwa View Care Home. Thank you for all your excellent care of Mel over the past couple of years. Your compassion, care, and understanding are greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, for family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Mel may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #47, 150 ~ 3rd Street, Weyburn, SK, S4H 0W2.