Meril was born on January 1, 1926 on a farm in rural Saskatchewan.
We are sad to say that he passed away November 18, 2011.
Meril was the eldest of four brothers. He grew up on the family farm. After high school, he held a variety of jobs until he was hired by CN Telecommunications in Ottawa. It was at this time that he met the love of his life, Eileen Duffy. They were married in 1950 and were only separated by the death of Eileen, sixty years later.
Dad was an exceptional man, a loving and caring husband and father. We traversed Canada numerous times as he was promoted many times at CN Telecommunication. Each promotion lead our family to a new city.
Outside of work, he was always busy with one project or another. He had a garden in every place we lived and it was usually the envy of the neighborhood. He built skating rinks in the back yard in the winter. He loved to work with wood and he built furniture and other items as requested by Mom. He could fix anything. He was a very curious man and when he became interested in a subject, he would read every book in the library until he became an expert. He was famous for his dill pickles, chicken soup, borscht and buckwheat cabbage rolls. He will be sadly missed.
Meril is survived by his daughter, Cathy Mazurek and her husband, Jim Mazurek; his grandson, Matthew Mazurek, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Eileen; son, John and three brothers.
Meril’s family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital for their tender care and compassion.
Reverend Roger H. Keeler will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael – Resurrection Catholic Church, 10555 50 A Street, Edmonton. Interment of the urn to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated