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Frederic E. Melanson

Frederic E. Melanson, 71, of Chebacco Terrace, Essex, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in his home.

Born in Ipswich April 19, 1943, the son of the late Theodore J. and Alice L. (Osborne) Melanson, he was raised in Essex and was a graduate of Gloucester High Vocational School. During the Viet Nam Era he served overseas in the US Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of Army Specialist-Technician.  For most of his life was employed as a carpenter and builder. He worked on many projects at many North Shore locations, prior to his retirement, including at the Landmark School and the Topsfield Fair grounds. A passionate man, he enjoyed going to NACAR races and building and racing stock cars at the local tracks, and moved on to racing speedboats as part of the Cape Ann Race Team.  Fred could often be found helping a friend with a building project or doing some kind of woodworking project in his own shop. One of his favorite hobbies was raising chickens and selling eggs from his small farm. Known to many as the “Chicken Man” he would often invite parents to bring their children to the farm where he would love teaching them to care for birds. He was a member of the Essex Veterans Fire Department, and helped care for the Essex Hand Tub, competing with it back in the day of fireman musters, and displaying it in local parades. “We Will Try” was the motto of the tub and a motto Fred lived by as well. He will be remembered as one who was willing to give most anything a try. He also enjoyed music of all kinds. When his children were involved with Drum and Burgle Corps he would volunteer to drive the corps’ equipment truck to competitions across the county. He would do anything to be supportive and involved with his children. Fred furthered that support by going to sports games of his grandchildren as they played the sport of their choice. His perpetual pastime was being with friends at the local Essex coffee shop.

He is survived by his son Bill and his wife Melanie Melanson of Beverly, a daughter Laurie and her husband Marc Bolcome of Gloucester, and their mother Mary Melanson of Gloucester. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Malia, Kolby, and Koryn Bolcome and Jessica Padre, his  sisters,  Clarenda “Sis” Mellow of KY, Betty Stewart of Ipswich, Thelma Lane of Gloucester, and Louise and her husband Tim Paxson of FL, one brother, Theodore (Ted) Melanson of Essex, along with many loving nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.  He was the brother of the late George and Edward Melanson. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend to all and will be missed and remembered always.

His funeral service with Military Honors will be held 11 am Saturday, March 28 in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be held at 5 to 8 pm Friday in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street Ipswich. Please join the family at this time to celebrate Fred’s life. A special thank you would like to be given to The North End Boat Club Fishing Derby, Jim Stewart and Richard Mellow. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Fred’s name to The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005,  http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/Fredmelanson.


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