Obituary of LOUIE MELS

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MELS, Louie (Aloysius)  It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Louie Joseph Mels of Round Plains with his wife by his side, after a courageous battle with COPD.  He leaves behind his beloved wife Shirley of 32 years, loving daughters Joanne (Mels) Hunt and John Hewitt, Louanne (Mels) and Ron Matthews. Proud grandpa of Lindsey (Mathieu) MacAdam, Shane (Dr. Amy Reinhart) Hunt, Kevin (Amanda) Hunt, Ryan (Jill) Matthews and Sherilyn (Steve) Bishop.  Cherished great grandchildren Sophie, Isaac and Ethan MacAdam, Owen, Liam and Olivia Hunt, Avery and Ben Matthews, Mckinley and Ellie Bishop.  Dear brother of Fergie (Betty) Mels, Maurice (Peggy) Mels, Violet (Ray) Bozek and Virginia (Bill) Born.  Predeceased by grandparents Alois Sr. and Marie Mels, father Leo Mels, mother Marie Awde and stepmother Jean Mels.  Louie was a family man.  He was proud of his daughters and would always make a point to let them know, he also thought so much of his son in laws like they were his own sons.  He adored each and every one of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his face would light up when they came to visit.  He always enjoyed family get togethers for birthdays, holidays and barbecues in Round Plains where he was very proud to call his home.  Louie was a man that was never afraid to try something new, whether it was a new adventure, hobby or a different career path, (he would always say "there is no such thing as can't, it’s won’t".)    He grew tobacco for several years, school bus driver, volunteer police auxiliary, welder, owned and operated tomato greenhouses, and owned a lawn company "Bobby Lawn Care".  Louie had a passion for woodworking.  He spent countless hours in his workshop creating beautiful crafts for his family and himself.  He enjoyed biking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, camping and several cruises with Shirley.  He enjoyed country dances and playing cards with his many friends.  Louie fought bravely right to the end.  He never complained and he never wanted to give up, he was a fighter not a quitter.  He will be leaving a huge hole in each and every one of our hearts, we were so thankful to have him in our lives.  He made many memories with family and friends and will be remembered for his empathy, humility, compassion for others and his sense of humour.  May you now rest in peace in the heavens above where there is no more suffering, pain or sorrow and know that you lived and loved your life to the fullest. 

A LIMB has fallen from the

family tree that says

Grieve not for me

Remember the BEST TIMES,

the laughter, the song

the good life I lived while I was STRONG.

Our sincere thanks to the paramedics and the staff at Norfolk General Hospital 3rd floor and Emergency for the wonderful care he received.  A private service was held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Thompson-Mott funeral home in Waterford, Ontario. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be made to Waterford Heritage Trail, Norfolk General Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

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