Melvyn passed away peacefully at the Carleton Lodge in Ottawa on July 23, 2023. He is the son of the late Dominic and Eva O’Brien. Melvyn is survived by Myrna (nee Routhier), his loving wife of 64 years. He is predeceased by his daughter Sharon (Doug), by brothers Kenneth and Ronnie and by his sister Lois. Melvyn is also survived by his son Rick (Anne), daughter Kim (Mark), brother Jerry (Dorothy) and sister Sheila (Bradley). He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Jeffrey (Chrissy), Cheri (John), Trevor and Corey (Diana), as well as by all his great grandchildren. Melvyn was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years and served the remainder of his career in the federal public service in the field of communications. He loved to recount stories of his time served at military communication stations in the far north, including Inuvik and Alert. In his retirement, Melvyn was an avid bingo player and caller and loved to play cards with family and friends. As per Melvyn’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private celebration of his life for family members will take place at a later date. Sincere thanks to the staff at the Carleton Lodge who provided such compassionate care for Melvyn and support to his family. Donations in Melvyn’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Dementia Society of Ottawa.
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Posted by Bernice and John Yablonski | 14-Aug-2023
To Myrna and the O'Brien family. Bernice and I have many fund memories of Mel during his service
int the RCN/FC/CSE and during his retirement. He was a dear and cherished friend, ardent card player
and will be deeply missed. Our condolences, GOD BLESS. and RIP Mel.
To Myrna, Rick, Kim, Family Members & Friends,
The members of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio (SUPRAD) System Oldtimers Association were deeply saddened by the news of Mel's passing. Not only was he a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 25 years, but he was also a proud Life Member of our SUPRAD Oldtimers Association. He truly valued everyone's friendship, and all those who had the privilege of serving with Mel, in Inuvik, Alert and some of the other Supplementary Radio System (SRS) out-stations will forever remember all of the enjoyable times that were shared. There is a Tree of Life located in the entranceway of the Canadian Forces Station All Ranks Mess. On that tree of life, there is a leaf that bears Mel's name. A small bronze cross will now be placed on his leaf. When we look upon Mel's leaf, it will say to us: Do not grieve for me. Remember the best times - the love we had for each other, the fun, the laughter, the good life. Remember the life I lived while I was strong.
Please know that as members of your extended military family, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We will miss you Mel. Rest in peace.