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Melvin George Birney

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Melvin George Birney

October 15, 1941 - November 22, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Melvin Birney in his 81st year. With a door that was always open to friends, Mel will be fondly remembered for his love of sitting on his back deck sharing stories with friends, his wit, and ease in which he approached life. As a long time transport driver, there were few roads Mel had not travelled. Working at his small hobby farm, Mel was happiest when on his tractor cutting hay and tending to his cattle. Mel is survived by his spouse Sharon Weese. Dear father and best friend of Michael (Andrea) Birney and Laurie Birney. Stepfather of Donna (Kevin) Knapp. Cherished grandfather of Katie Coupland and Jaden Knapp. Mel is pre-deceased by his parents Clifford and Della Birney and his brother Bill (Bev) Birney. Mel’s gentle nature, knuckle wave and eye roll will be dearly missed by Rick, Lisa, Nick (Abbey) & Trent Ainsworth and Jeff, Marianne, Kyle and Lisandra Waldie. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Centreton Cemetery on Saturday December 4th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice or Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCE / DONATIONS

Kelly Goody - December 6, 2021

Mike and Andrea , Laurie and Katie….Jim and I are so sorry to hear about your dads passing. Thinking Of you during this difficult time. Kelly & Jim Goody

Fred and Sam Marks - December 4, 2021

Oh Sharon and Family, we were so very sorry to hear about Mel’s passing! 🥲What a wonderful man. Mel had a great sense of humour, a warm smile, a mischievous twinkle in his eyes and gentle heart. We will really miss seeing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fred and Sam Marks

Carole Eggleton, Chris Eggleton, Donna Kehoe, Trish and Mike Muise - December 3, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Eileen M Sheppard - December 3, 2021

To Mike, Andrea and families, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Mel. I certainly enjoyed conversations that I had with Mel, always made me laugh! Thinking of you during this difficult time. warmest regards Eileen Sheppard and Mike Pronk

Rosemary Taylor - December 3, 2021

Please except our sincere condolences 🙏 Rosemary and Jamie Taylor

Debbie & Shawn McBride - December 3, 2021

Mike & Andrea, Laurie and Katie, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Cindy & Dennis Sherwin - December 2, 2021

Mike, Laurie & family we are so sorry in the loss of your dad, heartfelt condolences to all the family! RIP Mel

Terry McBride - December 2, 2021

Mike,Laurie and family. Sorry for the loss of your Dad.

Cindy Jakobi - December 1, 2021

Dearest Mike and Andrea, and your family,. Blessed to have had a wonderful man to call your dad.

Jay Meade - December 1, 2021

Condolences to Mike & families on the passing of Mel. He was a pleasant fella & always smiling when we did business @ Cashway. A kind quiet man as I recall. RIP Mel. Jay Meade

Mary and Harvey Ferguson - December 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Canadian Uniion of Public - December 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Dean and Eunice Tapscott - December 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Art & Carol Harrison - December 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Mark and Cindy Bickle - December 1, 2021

Thinking of you and your families during this difficult time Mark and Cindy Bickle

Susan Kearsey - November 30, 2021

So So sorry to hear of the passing of Mel. My thought and prayers are with you Sharron and your family. Sue and Wayne

Shelley Elliott - November 30, 2021

Sorry for your loss. My condolences to Mike, Laurie and family.

Jane - November 29, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mel's passing. Jane Goody

Tracey Murphy - November 29, 2021

Laurie, Mike & Andrea, & Family, So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Sending my sincere condolences!

Louis Fournier - November 29, 2021

So sorry to hear of such a loss. Our condolences. Louis and Jane

Paul And Cash Eddy - November 29, 2021

sorry to hear of Mels passing his smile and wit will be missed by all

Beverley (George) Slade - November 29, 2021

Sharon ,Laurie, Mike, I'm so very sorry for your sudden & unexpected loss,,, Mel truly was a wonderful, witty, generous man,, never at a loss for words. He will be missed .. So very SAD !!

Mary Bunting - November 29, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Mary Jane and Barry Reid - November 29, 2021

So sorry to hear of your Dads passing , we are thinking of you at this difficult time .

Gary and Anne Parker - November 29, 2021

Our condolences to Mike, Andrea and family in your time of sadness. May your special memories give you comfort now and in the days ahead.

Rick & Lisa Ainsworth - November 29, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Elizabeth Sherwin - November 28, 2021

Sharon, Michael and Laurie, it is with sadness that I hear of Mel's passing. As a kid growing up next door to Mel, I remember him as the "cute guy" neighbour. As an adult coming home to visit my parents , you could always count on Mel for a good story. In the later years I appreciated Mel keeping his eye out for my Dad. It just won't be the same not having Mel next door. My condolences

Mary Bunting - November 28, 2021

A beautiful obituary for Mel that I think captured his essence so well …. He will be sorely missed by many …for his ready wit n laughter n twinkling eyes … his thumbs up / knuckle waves n sharing a draw with him . Sorry to hear of his passing : my sincerest of condolences to you Sharon & to all of the family n close friends . Mary

Jay Sherwin - November 28, 2021

To Michael, Laurie and Sharon: So sorry to hear of the passing of Mel. For 50+ years he has been a great neighbour. I will miss his knuckle wave, his eye rolls, his chuckles and his big smile. You have painted a wonderful picture of Mel in his obituary. I trust you all will carry those beautiful memories and images in your hearts for ever.

Wayne McKinnon - November 28, 2021

We send you are most sincere condolences, on the passing of Mel.

Bonnie Lou. - November 28, 2021

Always had a smile on his face and a great laugh. My condolences to the family.

Judy Immel - November 28, 2021

Mike, Andrea & Laurie So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Shawn Linton & Judy Immel

Mary Wright - November 28, 2021

Condolences to Sharon and the Birney family at this sad time. Rip Mel🙏

Dianne MacPhee - November 27, 2021

Mike, Andrea and family: I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time!

John&lisaOlson - November 27, 2021

Our deepest condolences for Mike ,Laurie and family

Brian McLaren - November 27, 2021

Mike, Andrea and Laurie and family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Take care. Brian, Judie and Carson McLaren

Karen Wells - November 27, 2021

Every time I think of Mel I see a toothpick, a hat, a truck, a beer & a mischievous grin. He lived to tease his kids & boy it was fun to watch Remember to lean on & look after each other. I hope the laughter you’ve shared as a family help carry you through your grief. I’m sorry for your loss.

Kathy Ugolini - November 27, 2021

My sincerest condolences Mike, Laurie, and families. Mel will definitely be missed.

Karen & Kevin Johnston - November 27, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Mike, Andrea and family. So sorry for your lose.

Neva Moore - November 27, 2021

Thinking of you all. So sorry for your loss. Guy and Neva

June and Gord Minifie - November 27, 2021

Sorry to hear of Mel’s passing.Condolences Sharon,Mike and family.

B & Lynne Sherwin - November 27, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Jack & Audrey McMillan - November 27, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Red and Louise Davis - November 27, 2021

Sorry to hear of Mel's passing. We shared some great times. Sending our condolences.

Ron & Molly - November 27, 2021

Sharon, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Veronica Marriott - November 27, 2021

Laurie, Mike, Andrea and families ~ I’m so sorry for your loss; my deepest sympathies and condolences during this time of grief. Cherish your loving memories forever ❤️

Cathy and Rob Bunn - November 27, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to you Sharon, Mike and Laurie. So sad to hear of your loss. Mel was such a fun and loving character. Will miss his laugh! 💞

Tammy stimers - November 27, 2021

Sorry for your loss Mike. Thinking of you and your family. Sending our condolences. Tammy&Terry Simpson.

Terri Dowle - November 27, 2021

Auntie Sharon, Sending our deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and the family at this time. Mel's sense of humor will always be remembered. Love Jack and Terri Dowle

Christine Horner - November 27, 2021

Mike, Andrea, and Laurie so sorry to hear about your dad!! I remember him well. Always a smile and his laugh!!!

John and Phyllis Tinney - November 27, 2021

Mike,Laurie,our sincere condelsone to you for the loss of your father.

Patricia & Wayne Hammond - November 27, 2021

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of Mel’s family at this sad time. ❤️🙏

Julie bunting - November 26, 2021

We will miss having “a draw”with Melsy. He always had a delightful laugh, a huge smile and was always so welcoming. He will be missed.

Kim Turpin - November 26, 2021

Laurie, Katie and family. So sorry for your loss. My condolences

lynda macdonald - November 26, 2021

words fail to say how deeply sorry I am for your loss .. his stories would leave a chuckle and smile on your face.rest in peace

Penny Smale (Stevenson) - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike, Andrea & Laurie I’m so saddened to hear about Mel’s passing. Many great memories with Mel. Keeping you all in my thoughts.

Wayne and Violet - November 26, 2021

Mike Andrea Laurie Sharon so sorry for your loss Hope the good memories will comfort you in some small way our condolences to you all .

Joe Ferguson & Cindy Greer - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike and Laurie, Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache, but those who care for you share your grief and wish you comfort and peace of mind. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in Peace

Faye Baxter - November 26, 2021

Laura and Family sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Audrey and John - November 26, 2021

Mike, Andrea and family. Sorry for your loss. Never easy to lose a loved one. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Corey Evans - November 26, 2021

Mike and Andrea I'm saddened to hear of your Dads passing. May your memories be life long that puts a smile on your face. Stay close to loved ones during this time. My sincere condolences Corey Evans

Rick (Moran) Goebel - November 26, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Mel. Hope Gramps (Bill Moran (TPT)) meets him at the pealry gates. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanne Bell.. - November 26, 2021

Thinking of you all, Sharon, Mike,Andrea, Laurie, so sorry to hear of Mel's passing ,many happy memories of Mel and his big happy smiles

Dave Hare - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike,Laurie. So sorry to hear the loss of Mel. He will be missed around the communities. Bugszie Shirley Canyon and Payton

Susan Giddings - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Michael, Andrea, Laurie. My sincere condolences and sympathy to to you on the passing of Melvin. May he rest in peace.

Andrea Harris and Glenn Haggerman - November 26, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Danielle and Shawn Rock - November 26, 2021

Mike, Andrea, Laurie and families, Very sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories sustain you all until you meet again.

Bob and Helen McCracken - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike and Laurie, so sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. Sincere condolences to all!

Dennis &Dianne Bunce - November 26, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mel's passing. We were just talking about him the other day. Our condolences to you Sharon and all the family

Larry & Carole Morrison - November 26, 2021

Sorry for your families loss our thoughts are with you.

George & Marylou Taylor - November 26, 2021

Sharon,Mike and Laurie, Sincere condolences on Mel's passing. May he Rest In Peace.

Charles & Shirley Williams - November 26, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Ken Birney - November 26, 2021

Mike and Family, sad to hear this. My sincere condolences to all. Take care, Ken

Charles & Shirley Williams - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike, Andrea & Laurie we were heartbroken when we heard the sad news of Mel's passing away, please accept our condolances to you all and the rest of your family. Will always remember Mel sitting on his porch chatting about his time as a truck driver and also talking about the farm that he did. Mel was such a gentle soul and we are sure he will be missed by so many. R.I.P. dear friend. Donation to Ed's House.

Craig & Peggy Minifie - November 26, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Harry Birney and BETTY - November 26, 2021

So sorry for your loss

Brian & Trasie Harper - November 26, 2021

Sharon , Mike & Andrea, Laurie & Fanily. Mel will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these sad times. Memories will and do last forever.

Glen and Pat Buckley - November 26, 2021

Sorry to hear of Mel's passing. We had lots of laughs over the years and a few brewskies as well. He will be missed.

Sharon Harper - November 26, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Neidra Harris and Kevin Harris - November 26, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Sharon Harper - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike, Andrea and Laurie, my thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow, along with my wishes that the memories of Mel bring you peace, strength, and comfort. Sharon Harper

Barb & Wayne Linton - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike, Andrea, Laurie & family: So sorry to hear of Mel's passing. He was always the man with the smile. Cherish your memories. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Ted and Sharon Broadworth - November 26, 2021

Sorry to learn of Mel’s passing, our thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time.

John Wood - November 26, 2021

My sincere condolences to Mike & Andrea, Laurie and the rest of Mel's family.

Ethel Hansen Davey - November 26, 2021

My deepest condolences go out to Mel’s family and friends. Such a lovely man with a kind heard and a great sense of humour.

Mike & Kim Behan - November 26, 2021

Mike, Laurie and families, So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to you all.

David Harnden - November 26, 2021

Sharon, Mike and Laurie I was sorry to hear of the passing of my friend "The Mayor of Baltimore". I will miss baking his cookies.

Blaine Darling - November 25, 2021

Mike and family , sorry for your loss, my heart go’s out to your family during this most difficult time.

Vicki & Bob - November 25, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the family.

Wayne & Marj Mutton - November 25, 2021

Sharon Mike Laurie and family’s so sorry to here of Mels passing. Many many memories R.I.P. Bud.

Kathy Krakenberg - November 25, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. I remember him well when you were kids Mike and Laurie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Wayne Marj Mutton - November 25, 2021

Sharon Mike and Laurie and family’s so sorry to hear of Mels passing many many memories.R.I.P.Bud.

Greg and Samantha Austin - November 25, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Troy MacAusland - November 25, 2021

Our condolences, he was a good man and will be missed

Greg & Samantha Austin - November 25, 2021

Mike, Andrea, Laurie, and Sharon, we are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you during this difficult time.

Cindy Wong - November 25, 2021

Laurie (Katie), Mike (Andrea). My condolences to you all, I'm so sorry for your loss

Ken and Lisa - November 25, 2021

Hi 👋 Sharon and family. Please accept our condolences. Ken fondly remembers meeting Mel at Ross and Doreen Little’s farm. He always had a great visit with him. The journey on this road of life has many twists and turns, yet Mel seemed to know the right road to take and travelled many as a long time transport driver. Mel will be deeply missed. ❤️ Lisa & Ken 💝 Barry & Marg

Marvin and Mary Harrison - November 25, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mel passing have known him for years but haven’t seen him lately please accept our condolences to the Mels family

Marvin and Mary Harrison - November 25, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mel passing have known him for years but haven’t seen him lately please accept our condolences to the Mels family

John and Nancy Thackeray - November 25, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to Mels family.

Janice Jibb - November 25, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts & prayers to the family.

Carol Ann Heffernan - November 25, 2021

Dear Sharon, Mike, Laurie and family, We are so very sorry to hear about Mel’s passing. He was such a memorable guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Sincerely, Tom & CarolAnn

MIKE AND LINDA CAINE - November 25, 2021

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME . LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU .

Lynn Holland - November 25, 2021

Sharon, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jen Coulter - November 25, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mel’s passing Sharon. My thoughts are with you always.

Miriam Riley - November 25, 2021

My sincere condolences to Sharon, Mike & Andrea and Laurie and families Have lots of fond memories of Melvie visiting Roger and I at the farm

Wendy Elizuk - November 25, 2021

Dearest Sharon i’m so sorry to hear of Mels passing .sending u and family love and hugs .sorry i can’t be with u .at this sad time love wendy

Les and Ann Day - November 25, 2021

Mike and Laurie we are sorry to hear of your fathers' passing. We had many great times years ago at KB park and always had good memories of your dad. We are thinking of you and offer our sympathies as you go thru this difficult time. Sincerely Les and Ann Day.

Kevin and Melanie Cameron - November 25, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Mike, Laurie and the entire family.

Gayl Nelson - November 25, 2021

Laurie, Mike, Sharon & families: Very sorry to hear about Mel.

Cindy Symons-Milroy - November 25, 2021

My deepest condolences on Mel’s passing. He had the most infectious laugh and although I haven’t seen him in many years, I can still hear it. Rest In Peace Mel.

Gayl Nelson - November 25, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

LeeAnn Jones - November 25, 2021

Sharon, I am so sorry to hear that Mel has left us. I have fond memories of his visits to the barber shop. May he RIP

Francis and Lynn Prentice - November 25, 2021

Sharon and family please accept our deepest sympathy. Mel was a great guy and funny. Always loved to meet Him and you at the Legion.

Donna Johnson - November 25, 2021

Sharon and family, I am so sorry 😞 to hear of Mel's passing. He was always a good friend to Bob and I. He will be missed.