The peaceful passing of Melvin Gallant, of Fredericton, aged 96 years, occurred on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.
Born in Abram’s Village PEI, he was a son of the late Peter and Eleanor (Arsenault) Gallant. Besides his parents, Melvin was predeceased by his wife Antoinette (Nancy) (Poirier) Gallant in 2015, two sisters Eugenie and Thelma, six brothers Barney, Léonce, Eric, Gus, Jerry and Urban.
Melvin is survived by his daughter, Dianne, his son Rick (Heather), grandsons, J.R. (Jess) and Andrew (Alison); great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Kathy (Barney); and Anita (Pascal); special nieces Peggy and Darlene (John); as well as several other nieces and nephews.
Melvin had many accomplishments in his life, He was a schoolteacher in PEI at the young age of 17. In 1952 he went to the Northwest Territories where he continued to teach in Fort Simpson until 1957. Upon returning to the East Coast, he was appointed Principal of Burnt Church School, NB, until 1967. He subsequently worked in Fredericton as a Guidance Counsellor in the Federal Civil Service until his retirement.
Melvin had a great sense of humour and was quite the story teller who loved to share stories of the good old times. He loved trivia and a good game of cribbage and crokinole. You could always learn a thing or two about nature, the weather and fishing from Dad.
Dianne and Rick want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Pine Grove who took care of Dad. Helen (Lightning), Tracy (Palk Strait) and as of recent Mike-the boy from Cape Breton, and Melisa from the ‘Gornish’, and all the other staff who made his last few years memorable.
In keeping with Melvin’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Pine Grove Foundation Inc. http://pinegrovenh.com/foundation/about-us/ or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The online sharing of memories and condolences can be made at www.bishopsfuneralhome.com
Dad always said to follow his advice to live a good life:
"Be patient with the downfalls that you must face in life; they are only temporary"