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James Albert Melvin

August 5, 1937 ~ October 13, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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James Albert Melvin of Calgary, former long-time resident of Toronto, Ontario, took his last breath on October 13, 2023. He is predeceased by his parents Lillian (nee Iddon) and William J. Melvin of Toronto, brother William T Melvin (Patricia) of Munster, Ontario, and his partner Joan Linklater. He is survived by his sister Norma Munro of Kitchener, Ontario; children Kim Melvin (John Rook) and Kelly O'Gorman-Dixon (Charles Dixon) both of Calgary, AB and Jennifer Moore (Robert) of Edmonton, AB; grandchildren Ryan J. Melvin (London) of Penticton, BC, Cole S. MelvinRook of Calgary, Addison Schulz (Cole) and Olivia Richardson (Ryley) both of Edmonton, AB; nephews Steve Munro (Sandy) of Kitchener, Ontario; Glen Munro of Bracebridge, Ontario, David Melvin of Ottawa, Ontario and Shaun Melvin of Prescott, Ontario; dear friend Jo Decarie, and Carol Northway.

Born and raised in Toronto, James lived on Havelock St., Bannon Ave. and eventually Clarkson Road before moving to Calgary in 2018. As a young teen, he delivered prescriptions for the corner pharmacy as well as newspapers on his bicycle. He enjoyed catching suckerfish in the Humber River with his buddies and then selling them to a fishmonger at St. Lawrence market. In his later teens, he and those same buddies would be greatly impacted as they volunteered to help out during the flash flood of their river during Hurricane Hazel.

In 1957, he graduated from Western Technical Commercial School and began a lifelong career in H.V.A.C. with his first job at Appelton Air Conditioning. Over the years, his innovative problem-solving, and expertise earned him respect and reward in the field. Proud of his accomplishments with J. Melvin & Associates, he officially retired at age 80 and handed the keys over to good friend and business partner John Cannell. James was a member of the Ontario College of Trades, a lifetime member of A.S.H.R.A.E. and also of the Ontario Racquet Club where he enjoyed playing tennis.

He loved travelling at every opportunity, fine dining, and telling bad jokes and his memory was of the elephant variety. Poetry, map directions, names, dates, and historical events were all in there till he died. James loved his family, friends, dessert, his mother's macaroni and all dogs! James used to say, "I don't know shit from putty," but he surely did, and he will be deeply missed. If folks wish to honour his memory, please consider a donation to your local Humane Society or Veterinarians without Borders.

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