Lorne (Ben) Melsuk was born on February 18, 1954, and raised at Grand Forks, British Columbia, to parents William George and Helen Mary-Ann Tesluk (both deceased).

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Jennifer; son, Mathew Benjamin Mesluk of Edmonton; daughter, Amanda Jayne Mesluk of Edmonton; sister, Lorri Jean Bradley of Kamloops; nephew, Scott Allan Trolimenkoff of Kamloops; several aunts, uncles and cousins; many close friends and numerous business associates and acquaintances.

Ben came to Kamloops in 1969, and was the co-founder of M3Steel (Kamloops) Ltd., and worked building many of the steel structures found throughout Western Canada and beyond. He was a respected businessman, having assisted many throughout his career with his knowledge and expertise in the steel fabrication world. He was an avid fisherman, always trying to catch the ‘big one’, enjoyed golfing with friends, and could always be found watching football, a sport that he truly loved.

Ben lost a three year courageous battle with cancer. “Heart of gold, nerves of steel”, he was tough! Tough! Tough! Those who wish to, please direct your donations in Ben’s name and memory to the Royal Inland Hospital – Pediatrics Ward at Kamloops, a charity of which he was fond.

Schoenings Funeral Service was in care of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com.

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