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Mervin Van Slyke of Camrose, Alberta was born on January 1, 1931 and passed away on July 17, 2023 at the age of 92 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Emma; five children - Valerie, Vaughn, Richard, Roderick, David and their families; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Merv's career in menswear began at Lawrence's Department Store and culminated in his partnership at Duff Laytons Menswear until his retirement in 1988. Merv was referred to as "that man with the iron boot".
After retiring, Merv and Emma enjoyed many years wintering together in Arizona and made many lasting friendships.
Merv's sense of humor endeared him to people wherever he went. He could not help telling a story or joke and seemed to have something for every occasion.
Merv had a love for music and played drums in a band from the time he was 19 until he turned 89. He loved "going to play for the old folks".
Mervin was predeceased by his parents Clarence and Catherine; brothers Verner and Clifford.
A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2023 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church 3605 50 St in Camrose.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2023 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church 3605 50 St in Camrose with Rev. Kris Schmidt as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Valleyview Cemetery in Camrose.
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Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday July 22, 2023 11:00 AM St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church (Camrose)