The Melnick / Melnyk Family

Chapter 10

Summary

Before summarizing this paper, a few loose ends must be tied up. The oldest of the family, Joe, was married in 1934 to Myrtle Mercer, and was blessed with four children.

While Peter was in the Army, he was stationed in Halifax for three and one-half years. During that time, he became a Corporal, and a member of the Military Police. Also during his stay here, he met, courted and married his wife in 1944, Mary, formerly a Squires from St. Johnís, Newfoundland. Peter and Mary conceived six children, John Peter (Butch), born 1946; Michael Theodore (Mickey), born 1948; Linda Marie, born 1949; Mary Darlene, born 1953; David Anthony (Tony), born 1954; and last but not least, myself Robert Stephen, born 1959. None of the children were to meet Ivan as he died in September 1944.

The oldest boy, Peter, would be the only one old enough to remember his grandmother, Maria, who died at the age of sixty-three on June 25, 1951.

In summary, the Melnicks (Melnyks) were a common ethnic family in Sydney during the years mentioned. However, at that time the family differed considerably. Not all families were able to do the things the Melnicks achieved. Travel during this time was very scarce. One member of the family, Nick, achieved high standards in the sport of boxing. Paul had a successful business life but in the end was defeated because he tried to beat an unbeatable system Ė income tax. Stone, on whom much information was not available, seemed to take the crooked path, but now has healed the tissue scared in that process.

Little information was available on the youngest child, Mike. He was committed to the Braemore Home in the mid-fifties where he stayed until his death in April, 1972. The remainder of the family, Joe, Sonia, Peter, and Ann were assimilated into the working class and remain there today. Their parents Ivan and Maria were also assimilated into the main stream of Canadian society as others but not to such a degree for they kept their language and culture and tried to pass on to their children their heritage. Today, the culture is declining but my knowledge of how it originated is much larger now than it had previously been. Several customs have been maintained in Peterís family such as the painting of eggs during Easter, Church affiliation, customs of Easter and Ukrainian Christmas, celebrated on January 7th.

 

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