In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
McCONAGHY, Lester Melvin (Mel) - sailed ships, drove big rigs & classic cars and, he told stories.
Mel spent a decade at sea during his early Naval career - including a 12 month trip around the world on the Royal Yacht Britannia with Queen Elizabeth, opening the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959.
Later, on dry land, his preferred home (since infancy) was Prince George; his favoured career, Professional Truck Driver.
Mel firmly believed that while you may have to grow old, you never have to grow up. In his 60's, he entered his first & only Speech Arts Festival, winning a coveted first prize.
At 70, he traded work for drawing, story-telling & writing. He overcame dyslexia, bought 'Sparky' (his computer) and published 4 books (including 'The Stoker' & 'My Life through a Broken Windshield'). He wrote a monthly 'Pro-Trucker Magazine' column, broadcast stories on CFIS 93.1-FM Radio, and produced his own books on tape. His website led to lasting friendships with 'truckers' worldwide.
At 80, Mel dreamed up the '80 over 80' Charity Race for Alzheimers, and drag raced at Prince George's Nitro track.
In later years, Mel's greatest love (second only to his dear wife of 58 years, Barbara, d. 2014) was 'Frosty', his 1950 Chevy 2-door. They could always be found at the Overdrive Car Club's weekly meetups.
Mel was (infamously) proud of his family, especially son Michael (d. 2010), daughter Karen, son-in-law John Howard Hong, and his grandchildren, Caylee, Matthew, Nicole, and Adam. Like so many, we will miss his bad jokes, swaggering stroll, and unconditional love. We love you aways Mel.
Celebration of Life TBA
(The Prince George Citizen 16 Jun 2021)
Ships served in:
ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA