It is with great sadness that on November 7, 2021 Peter Melnychuk of Edmonton Alberta passed away at the age of 92. He is survived by the love of his life Sophie and his three children Rhonda, Terri and Peter (Vicki) and his 4 grandchildren and partners; Nicolas & Allison, Peter, Samantha & Nathan, and Matthew. He also had 3 great-grandchildren, Josie, Nash and Bruce. He is also survived by Allen Melnychuk the last remaining of 4 boys that were all well recognized educators in Edmonton. He received degrees from the U of A in Pharmacy (1953) and Education (1955). He worked in Edmonton’s public school system, spending 18 of his 37 years at Harry Ainlay High School. Concurrent with his teaching career he also practiced as a pharmacist. Following his own career as a player in rugby, football, etc. he coached multiple sports in the school system. His involvement as a youth coach and counsellor earned him a special recognition award from the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. His impact in the community continued throughout his career being President of his local community league to chairing the Edmonton Lion Club’s Drug Awareness program. He was responsible for introducing the highly successful Quest Program which deals with the development of Skills for Adolescence. He was also responsible for initiating the Lions Club’s Youth Exchange program for high school students. His 2nd career in pharmacy provided the means to travel the world with his loving wife Sophie. They started their travels in their 40s and continued for the next 40 years. You name it, they were there. The amazing part of their travels was his ability to run in to past students. No matter where in the world he went someone would come up to him and say are you Mr. Melnychuk you taught me, coached me, etc. and thank-you for making a difference in my life. There is no greater gratification in our lives then leaving a mark on the world you touch, and he did!
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles, Philosopher Peter is woven into the lives of 1,000, what a legacy!!
Even with his dedication to his two professions, his intensive involvement in extra- curricular activities and his work with community groups, 1st and foremost he was a loving husband and fabulous father and grandfather. We will all miss his counselling and wisdom the world has lost a gem!
A private burial at 9:00am will be followed by a Celebration of Life at Connelly and McKinley at 10011 114 st NW, Edmonton on November 15 at 10:00am. Per Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program, please be prepared to provide proof of Vaccinations (along with valid ID for those 18 and over), or proof of a negative rapid COVID test taken within 72 hours of entry, or an original medical exemption letter. For those unable to attend in person, please click here to view the livestream of the service.