Laurney Melnyk

Laurney "Lorne" Melnyk

Sunday, October 4th, 1970 - Thursday, January 7th, 2021
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Laurney ‘Lorne’ Melnyk, age 50 years old, passed away suddenly but peacefully with his wife by his side on Thursday, January 7th, 2021 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Lorne was born in Brandon on October 4th, 1970 to Walter and Elaine “Shirley” Melnyk. Lorne attended and graduated from Crocus Plains high school and then went on to Brandon University to pursue a degree in Chemistry. He spent his youth working odd jobs, then on to fulltime careers at Wyeth Ayerst, General Dynamics (Calgary), Wave Rider Com (Calgary) and then settling into a position with RFNOW. Lorne always had a passion for new, exciting things when it came to computer software design and anything technical and he met a lot of great people along the way doing just that. While at Brandon University he took a fondness to the sport Fencing and ended up teaching several classes at Brandon University in the late 1990’s. Several years later, after obtaining his black belt, he had the opportunity to teach various classes at Kirin Martial Arts Club up until his passing. He enjoyed the Kirin students and instructors immensely. He always made sure there was a fun aspect involved in the learning process. He loved the excitement the students brought to class each day. Lorne had many other interests and talents including violin, golf, software design and helping Abigail with her high school studies in Chemistry. Lorne was a great sushi maker and friends and family would look forward to the annual Sushi Night each New Year’s Eve. Lorne loved the outdoors, he often spent time gardening, building outdoor sets or simply just enjoying the yard with his beloved dogs Paige and Reo. Reo was often by his side, when driving kids to school or running errands. Lorne made sure Reo always had the front seat in full co-pilot mode. Lorne lived his life with care and compassion and was always there to lend a hand no matter who asked him. He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Elaine and brother-in-law Jamie. Lorne will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Suzie, and children Abigail and Derek. His sister Betty (Scott) Holmes, brothers Reg (Anne), Barry (Amy), Kevin (Heidi), Don (Teresa), brothers-in-law Jamie (Shelley) Newman, Tim (Brenda) Newman and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses that cared for Lorne. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Lorne may be made to KidSport, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6 or charity of choice.

Rest in peace Lorne, you will be missed by many.
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Cathy Foster

Posted at 08:13pm
So sorry for your loss. I was a martial arts student of Mr. Melnyk, and enjoyed his teaching very much. I will certainly miss him in class. Cathy Foster

Susan majcher

Posted at 05:07pm

To the Melnyk family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Lorne. All my hugs and love to your family. I was fortunate to know your Dad/husband through the kids at Waverly. Derek and I were in kindergarten together and I was fortunate to watch Abigail dance many many times. I remember both mom and dad being very hands on and loving parents. I would see Lorne dropping off the kids or participating in other school functions. Please take care of each other. From Mrs. M with much love. You have wonderful kids , I so appreciate them!



Posted at 08:36pm
Suzie, I just read about Lorne's passing, and sending my heartfelt condolences filled with love & hugs onto you & your children. Sylvia Kukurudz

David Hinchliffe

Posted at 06:16pm
Suzie, Abby and Derek. Deeply sorry to hear the loss of your husband and father. My heart goes out to you all. Wishing your family comfort and strength for the days ahead.

David Hinchliffe

Manon Pascal

Posted at 01:40pm
Lorne was always such a good natured and positive person. I had the pleasure to work with him for a brief period of time, and cherished his integrity and positive attitude. So very sorry for your loss.
Manon Pascal

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