The family of (Alphonse) Edwin Melanson, husband of the late Bettina (Betty) Melanson née LeBlanc, announce his peaceful passing at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC on Sunday, March 25, 2018 after a period of declining health. Born April 3, 1932 in Beaverbrook, NB, he was the son of the late Télésphore and Ida (Boudreau) Melanson.
Edwin and Betty were married in Moncton on May 20, 1957 and they raised their family on Derby Street where he remained until 2014. They were often described as "two peas in a pod" and they shared a love of dancing, travelling, music, and good Maritime food. He was a father of four, a pipefitter at CNR for 42 years, a builder of hiking Trails (Dobson Trail and Fundy Footpath), a cub scout leader, and a union leader.
He was an avid storyteller who regaled those around him with tales of his youth and taking on various miscreants later in life. He loved learning about New Brunswick history and was an aspiring joke teller (who got the most laughs from his mangled setup as he chortled his way to the punchline). He was in essence an avid walker, a bon vivant, a lover of life, and even a purveyor of fine wines aged on the back of trucks. He was also well known for his hospitality, especially when people would come by the cottage in Cap-Brûlé to visit in the summer. His recipe for enjoying life to the fullest can best be summed up in one of his favourite sayings when entertaining: "Never mind the cost, give the cat another canary!"
Edwin will be dearly missed by his children: Claudette Adamczyk (John) of Dieppe, NB, Marc Melanson (Helen Persson) of Boudreau-Ouest, NB, Suzanne Melanson of Moncton, NB and Paul Melanson of Ottawa ON; sisters: Carmel "Carm" Thorne (late Walter) of Pickering, ON and Gerarda "Gerry" Staples (late Joseph) of Laval, QC; grandchildren: Andrew, Jonathan, Jenny and Emma, and great-granddaughter Taylor, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his brothers: Godfrey and Randolph Melanson; and sisters: Yolande Melanson, Leonile (Lee) Knapp, and Lucretia (Lou) Noel.
The family will receive condolences at Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, 88 Church Street, Moncton (858-1900) on Friday, March 30 from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday, March 31 from 2 to 3 pm. Honorary pallbearers are: Bill Murphy, Sydney MacDonald, Les Gillies, Dale Druett, and Pat Bourque. A graveside service at Notre-Dame-du-Calvaire in Dieppe will take place at a later date.
For those who wish, you may place online condolences and remembrances at www.frenettefuneralhome.com.