Mel was born in Edmonton, Alberta on November 30, l933 and passed from this life on earth on July 2, 2015 in Ponoka after several months of failing health. He was preceded in death by his lifelong partner Ann Tilley and his parents Emil and Selma Peterson of Malmo and Camrose. His childhood years were spent on the Malmo family farm and he attended High School in Wetaskiwin. During his adult life in Ponoka Mel worked as a car salesman. He met Ann and they enjoyed many years together and were surrounded by many friends, several who they had worked with through the years. His interest in collectibles was evident and eventually he invested in the second hand shop which he enjoyed. With a great recall of events and conversations he became an entertaining storyteller. Mel was an avid fisherman and has many tall tales to go with this activity. He enjoyed playing ball and hockey as a kid and remained an avid sports fan all his life. Since his early youth he had hobbies of building miniature models of cars, airplanes and in his senior years put together an amazing number of puzzles. Mel will be missed by many lifelong friends of Ponoka and by Ann Tilley’s brother John and wife Lynda of B.C. and their children Sharon (Rodger), Sheldon (Jessica) and Scott (Prysila) and families who have all been close to Mel throughout the years. He will be also be missed by his many family members and especially his two sisters Dorinne Vance of Richmond, B.C. and Joyce Anderson and brother in law Allan Anderson of Santa Barbara, California, his three nieces, Lisa Vance Dumansky, Karen Anderson Ohrn (Luke), Julie Anderson (Eric), his two nephews Roger Anderson (Caroline) and Jonathan Vance, his six great nephews, Dallan, Christopher, Michael, Joshua, Oliver and Miller, two great nieces Katie and Josephine, and a one great great nephew little Zachary. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ponoka Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Mel’s family suggests donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the The Covenant Bay Bible Camp, Box 13, Site 4 RR1, Westerose, Alberta T0C 2V0. To express condolences to Mel’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
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