On Saturday, June 18th we lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Lloyd Henry Selk was surrounded by family for the past weeks and passed in a quiet moment shared with his wife. It’s hard to think of him as gone but we are grateful that he is no longer in pain.
Lloyd was born on January 31st, 1941, in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Harry and Mary Selk (both deceased). His siblings were Anthony (Tony – deceased August 1996), Gaile, and Gary. In 1962 he married Elaine (Treasure) and together they had four children Sharon, Erin, Lorely and Kevin (S.E.L.K). Their eldest child, and only son, Kevin (deceased December 1996) father to three daughters, Brittany (children Violet and Tallulah), Chelsea, and Danica (daughter Kensington). Their eldest daughter, Sharon (deceased November 2021) mother to Daniel (sons Spencer and Clark), Chris and Bethany (children Adalyne and Desmond). Lorely, their middle daughter, mother to Lucas, Isabella and Zachery. And Erin, the youngest, mother to Mackenzie and Ailis.
Lloyd’s evolving career took him all over western Canada. He was ambitious right from a young age and his younger years saw him working in such places as a bowling alley setting pins, a bell boy in St. Regis Hotel, Winnipeg, delivering for Reliable Transfer and Canadian Linen, selling fire alarms and insurance. In the fall of 1962, along with Elaine, and new baby Kevin, they moved to Cassiar, BC where Lloyd drove service trucks in the Cassiar Mines and worked in the recreation centre. Leaving Cassiar with two children they moved to Fraser Lake, BC where he worked driving service trucks for the Endako Mines. Later they found themselves in Fort Saskatchewan, AB for the first time where Lloyd worked for Sherritt Gordon Mines. In 1970 he started his long career in the health and safety field as Safety Inspector/Coordinator, hired by Bill Heschuk, and under the direction of Stan Walker. Sherritt transferred Lloyd to Lynn Lake, MB for a brief 6 months to finish off 1971. The last day of 1971 they welcomed their third child in Lynn Lake and 1972 began with a move to Leaf Rapids, MB, 65 miles away. They were one of the first 7 families to live there! Here he set up the safety program for Sherritt’s Ruttan Mines. A year later they moved, yet again, when Bill Heschuk summoned him to The Pas to work for Manfor Forest Industries. The Pas also saw them welcome their fourth and final child before moving to Fort McMurray where Lloyd worked for Suncor. Yet again, it was Bill Heschuk who called him there. Lloyd and family lived in Fort McMurray from 1976-1980. It was in 1980 that they made their final change of cities back to Fort Saskatchewan and back to Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd as the head of Fire, Safety, Hygiene and Security. While Elaine got to stay in one town for more than a few years, Lloyd was not done changing companies. In 1982 Lloyd began working for Shell Canada where he worked as Safety, Hygiene and Emergency Response Coordinator and he spent his days here until retirement in 2003. However, retirement proved too relaxing for Lloyd, so he began working as a consultant forming his own company Pro Active Safety & Loss Control Consulting Services Ltd.
When younger and able, Lloyd liked to bowl, golf and curl. He and Elaine liked to travel, eat out and attend dinner theatres. Movies and popcorn were also a weekly favourite before covid19. Throughout his life, time was often spent with family and friends playing cards and sharing laughs.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, June 25th at the Dow Centre in Fort Saskatchewan where family and friends shared stories together, remembering the good times with Lloyd.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the following charities that held importance to Lloyd and his family.
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Diabetes Society
Canadian Epilepsy Society
AL Amyloidosis Foundation
Serenity Funeral Service – Fort Saskatchewan – 780-998-1422