Obituary of Milton Alexander Mellor
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Milton Alexander “Red” Mellor on April 23, 2023.
Red was born in Kimberley on January 2, 1929 to Percy and Lavina Mellor. While growing up in Kimberley Red loved playing hockey and baseball alongside his brother Kenneth “Buzz”. Red went on to play hockey for the Notre Dame Hounds and then playing in London, England. It was there when Red met a Dutch figure skater named Theresia Cool. This love of his life became his wife and lifelong partner.
Upon returning to Kimberley, Red was employed with Cominco at the Sullivan Mine. Red and Thersia welcomed three children during this time, daughter Maria and sons Spencer and David. Red took joy and pride in being a father.
The family then moved to Cranbrook, where they opened Mr.Mike’s and Little Oly’s Malt Bar in the Cranbrook Mall. Red very much enjoyed running and working at these businesses.
The next move was to Kootenay Lake where Red worked for the BC Ministry of Mines as a Mine Inspector until his retirement, and eventually relocating back to Cranbrook.
Red was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed entertaining family and friends as well as sharing his music on his recorded CDs.
Dad also loved to renovate and work on the family homes, doing amazing carpentry and rock work, of which he was very proud.
Red and Theresia loved to travel and had many trips and cruises throughout the world. In 2017 Red and his son Spencer took a motorhome trip across Canada and the U.S., ending in Eastern Canada- a place Red had always wanted to see.
Red was predeceased by his wife Theresia, son David, his parents and his brother Buzz.
Red is survived by his daughter Maria Stinson (Jim), their daughters Maria “Nini” Priestly (Dan), Alexandria “Ali” Black (Russ), Red’s son Spencer Mellor (Laurie), son Brandon Mellor (Jill), daughter Kimmi Thielen, daughter-in-law Jody Mellor, her son Sam and daughter Billie, grandson Lance Davis (Stacey) and 14 great-grandchildren.
Red had formed many long-lasting friendships throughout his life and cherished all the wonderful memories. He will be missed by all who knew him.
At Red’s request, there will be no service.
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