Mervin Swiderski of Saskatoon, formerly of Christopher Lake and Preeceville passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in the family plot in the Preeceville Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials in memory of Mervin may be made to the charity of one's choice as gifts of remembrance.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home.
Mervin Richard Swiderski was born on August 16, 1947, in Caragana, Saskatchewan. He attended school in Preeceville and Sturgis. At the age of 5, he got polio which did not hinder him too much in his life. By 12 years of age, Merv was very involved in his Dad’s business. Later he had his own businesses – a clothing store and a hardware store in Preeceville. He passed away on May 8, 2019, in Saskatoon Royal University Hospital after a brave battle with cancer.
In 1977, Merv married Jacqueline Anderson. They had a hardware store in Preeceville until they sold it and moved to Christopher Lake. Merv was a self-made man - an entrepreneur not afraid to take a chance. He and Jacquie bought bulk sunflower seeds, packaged them in 50 pound bags, sold, and delivered them to bird enthusiasts. He bought 1032 bale wagons in Canada and delivered them to the States where they were sold. In the 80’s Merv partnered with Wayne Heinrich to buy and sell farm equipment. In the 90’s he imported farm machinery from England for resale. Most recently, he and his brother-in-law Larry have been buying and selling trucks and a variety of trailers under Merv’s Auto Sales. They have made many buying trips to Eastern Canada where they developed many good friendships that lasted all his life.
Merv was caring, compassionate, and liked to help family and other people. He was a great mentor to his Stepson Shane. He was very involved with his three nephews giving advice and guidance in their adventures. They greatly respected their Uncle and he probably talked to each of them once a day. Denver was another young fellow he took under his arm giving him advice and guidance.
Merv liked to listen to the news (constantly), music, to dance, being entertained and every night after supper he would take a drive around wherever he was. He liked traveling, buying and selling, auction sales, and family gatherings. He was a perfectionist – and things had to be done perfectly and on time. He had a good sense of humour. In the late 2018 Merv moved to Saskatoon with his special friend Connie who took care of him during his ordeal.
Merv was predeceased by his parents Myron and Mabel Swiderski. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Jacqueline and stepson, Shane (Debbie) Hamilton and their sons Craig and Dallas and grandson Echo; his special friend, Connie Albers and her son Denver (Chelsea) and their children Kiera and Keaten; his sister, Eleanor Murray (Larry Kalmakoff), his nephews Randy Bileski (sons Kyle & Devin and daughter Nicole), Kurt (Sheila) Bileski, and Kevin (Wynn) Bileski (daughter Shinaya and son Riley), as well as numerous relatives and many special friends.