SHELAST, James William

It is with great sadness the family of James William Shelast announces his passing on May 23, 2021 at the age of 56. He will be sadly missed by the family and friends who were blessed to have had him in their lives.

Jim is survived by his wife Melanie and sons Michael and Ryan; siblings Rick (Betty), Dave (Tetyana), Bob (Maire), Joe (Shelly), Cynthia Moolyk, Curtis (Yvonne) and Janice (Nav) Atwal; in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Jim will be honoured with a livestreamed church service on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11:00 am (

We ask people to remember Jim by donating to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 710-10123 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1, or to Derek Swabb Memorial Fund (founded by Jim), 6803 163 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5Z 3C6.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Hearts and prayers go out to family and friends of Jim.We didnt know him well but like everyone is saying he was a very kind generous and humble man when we did talk to him

Wendy Schmidt

My son Matthew and Ryan played hockey together. Jim was the most kindest, humblest, gentle man anyone could ever know. We are all shocked and saddened to hear this news. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

Louise Kashuba

Heartfelt condolences on this tremendous loss to the Shelast family. May your memories of good times together bring you comfort.

Colin, Charmaine, Brandon & Kylee Ewanchyshyn

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Hoping you find comfort in the many memories made.

Neil Woywitka

To Melanie, Michael & Ryan,
Although Jim and I got to know each other thru our jobs approx 20+ years ago we soon became friends. It didn’t take long to find out that we played ball against each other in the 80’s and both having family ties to Mundare. Over the years we’d find the time to meet for a ‘quick’ one or two after work where we both enjoyed sharing stories about our kids sports and school. Golfing with Jim was always a good time, whether it was at Sturgeon with Dennis or a round at Whitetail it was always fun day. I can’t believe your gone my friend.
Our deepest sympathy and condolences .
Neil & Helga Woywitka & Family.

Colette (Motiuk) & Kendal Shannon

Sending our sincere condolences to Mel, Michael & Ryan, as well as Jim’s extended family and close friends, during this time of great loss. Jim was such a great guy: kind, sincere, humble, a great team athlete always wanting to “shine” for the team, not for himself. Jim knew the value of being a “good person” and treated all people with dignity and respect. Jim’s quick wit and friendly nature will be missed by many.

Wanda and Michael

Our deepest sympathy, Jim was a good person and he will be missed. Cherish the memories.

Ken Yaremkevich

Melanie and family…I am so very, very saddened to hear of James’ passing! I had the pleasure of teaching and coaching ‘Jamie’ at Mundare School (we nicknamed him ‘Spike’ as he hit so effectively from the middle on short sets and blocked like the ‘Berlin Wall’). He was pivotal when the team worked its way to the Provincial level in volleyball. More importantly, James was an outstanding person in general. Any time our paths crossed he was simply humble, sincere, positive and welcoming. He will be missed by so many, and albeit you are experiencing tremendous grief and loss, I well know that you are recalling the best of times you were blessed to share with him.

Marsha Hall

My deepest condolences on your loss.
Jim was a wonderful colleague within the Edmonton
Food Service industry.
He will be deeply missed by many.

Marsha Hall

My deepest condolences for your loss. Jim was a wonderful colleague in the Edmonton Foodservice industry. He will be greatly missed by many.

Michelle and Greg

Melanie, Michael, and Ryan. We are deeply saddened to hear about Jim. He was one of the best. Kind, caring, funny and a joy to be around. We have very fond memories of Jim. Our sincere condolences to you and all the family.

Marianne Lysak

My deepest condolences to all the Shelast family. My prayers & thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Donna (and Doug) Gerry

As a classmate of Jim’s for 12 years, I wanted to extend my condolences to Mel and their sons, Michael and Ryan. Although I moved away from Alberta a long time ago, my husband Doug and I continued to see Jim and Mel from time-to-time at a family wedding or graduation. Jim made lasting friendships, was a strong and committed family man, and was an involved, caring member of his community. It was easy to see what an amazing and kind man he was.

Wes & Laura Moroziuk

Melanie, Michael, and Ryan. We are very sorry for the loss of your husband/partner and your Dad. Remember the times you had and he will always be with you. Although it has been years since I have seen Jim, I recall fond memories with him during curling bonspiels along with Perry and Peter. We even had a couple of good “strategy” sessions in the Dodge Coronet. As well you cannot forget your Dad was a star first baseman with the Mundare Warriors Fastball Club. Jim was sharp as a tack and always fun to be around and I am sure you experienced that with him as you grew up and this is something Mel already knew.

Jean Fortin

You will be forever missed Jim.
Keeping good memories of a work colleague who turned as a Friend. My thoughts and prayers are also for his family that he talked about with so much pride and love.
Aurevoir mon ami!

Alvin & Faye Ewanchyshyn

Our deepest sympathy Mel & family. Jim was a truly special man. His quirky humour and his amazing talent to always be interested in what you were saying. May he Rest In Peace.

Robert & Linda

Shelast family we were deeply saddened to hear of Jame’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you..

Clayton Anderson

I had the pleasure of getting to know Jim many years ago as a supplier’s representative to my company, and had the privilege of calling him a friend. We shared many stories over the years, especially regarding our children whom are very close in age. Mere words alone cannot express my profound sadness to learn of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Enid Rurka

I’m so sorry to hear about Jim. My condolences to his family. I knew Jim for many years though the Food Service Industry. He always had a smile & a “Hello” every time I saw him.

Archie and Jessie kozak

We are very saddened to hear of James passing. He was a special gift to all who knew him.

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