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750 6th Avenue West
Melville, SK S0A 2P0
Phone: 306-728-4221
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Eric Backman

Eric Backman

Wednesday, October 6, 1948 - Saturday, January 4, 2020
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Eric Swan Backman passed away unexpectedly in Melville, SK, on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the age of 71 years.

Born in Melville on October 6, 1948, Eric was predeceased by his mother, Peggy; his father, Ernie; and his brother, Ken. He is survived by his sisters, Verna Travis (Bobby) and Sandra Casper; and nephews Trevor, Brett (Christine), Kevin and Curtis.

Eric graduated from the University of Regina, where he obtained a degree in education. Throughout his career, he taught in Weekes, Churchbridge and Lipton, retiring at the age of 53. After retirement, he continued to substitute teach for many years.

Eric is fondly remembered by many decades of students. It wasn’t uncommon for his nephews to mention him at hockey rinks across the province and meet many a student who had him as a teacher in small-town Saskatchewan. Eric’s family has many happy memories of their time with him at Crooked Lake and “Unc’s” visits to Regina for every holiday. Eric had a special passion for traveling and will be especially missed by his close circle with whom he traveled to Cancun, Mexico, every year. He is fondly remembered and missed dearly by all his friends and family.

A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home in Melville, SK. Interment will take place in the Melville City Cemetery. A private luncheon for family and close friends will follow. For online condolences, please visit Arrangements are entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Melville.
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    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 1:00pm
    Matthews Funeral Home, Melville
    750 6th Avenue West
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    Verna Travis
  • Interment

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 |
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    Melville City Cemetery
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Sandra Knipple

Posted at 08:43am
My condolences to all Eric’s family and friends sad to hear of his passing
Eric and I went to school together he was always a quiet kind sole
I am sure he will be sadly missed

Sandra Casper

Posted at 11:35pm
I can finally grasp that you are gone. Rest in Peace Brother. You will be missed.

Allan Yung

Posted at 02:16pm
Our deepest condolences on the loss of an amazing brother, uncle and friend to so many. We have so many wonderful memories of Eric: meeting at university and having many classes together
- celebrating birthdays for three days - his on Oct.6th and mine on Oct. 4th
-his hitchhiking ability
-staying with us when his walkup apartment was too cold
-trip together to Maritimes in 1974
-best man at our wedding in Melville in 1975
-time at the Legion in Melville
-meeting with your relatives from England and going to the pub with them after supper
-visits to the cabin at Melville Beach
-my family riding in Eric's boat
-the famous pig roast with all the university buddies and their families
-Eric being very patient as he taught our son Chris how to tie his shoelaces with the little bunny story
-Eric dropping into visit on his way back from Winnipeg
-his love of family
My most recent memory is the very good visit we had on the phone in Oct. celebrating our birthdays. We are so very thankful for all of the wonderful memories that we have. We will miss Eric very much .

Allan and Penny Yung

Gerald and Jeanne Huber

Posted at 07:03pm
To Eric Backman’ s family our condolences for your loss. May all your fond memories ease the days ahead.
Gerald and Jeanne Huber, Lipton, Sask.

Pamela Stuart

Posted at 12:26am
Sandra and Verna - I was shocked and saddened to hear of Erics passing. Thinking of you and your families and sending love and hugs! My deepest condolences. Pamela Stuart

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