Charles S. Melville
Charles “Chuck” Stanwood Melville, age 82, died peacefully at the Veterans’ Home, South Paris, Maine, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, after having dealt with Parkinson’s disease for many years. After the loss of his parents, Chuck remained in the Melville Family home, Locke Mills, until his health required him to move to the Veterans’ Home.
Eldest son of Mildred Inez Newell Melville and Charles Whitman Kern Melville, he was born Dec. 18, l927, in Bethel, Maine. He attended Bethel schools and Gould Academy and then joined the U. S. Army on Sept. 9, 1948. While in the service, he graduated from Bakers’ School, Ft. Lee, Va., and served as a baker in Korea. He was honorably discharged on July 1, 1952, with the rank of Sgt. First Class. He then worked for Ekco Products Company for over 40 years before retiring.
Chuck was a former Chief of the Greenwood Fire Department and spent many hours at the Fire Station with his fellow firemen. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the American Legion Post #68 for 58 years. He was manager of the Locke Mills Little League baseball team for several years and was himself a talented and valuable player on the Town Team of Greenwood.
Chuck was a kind man and a willing helper to anyone in need. He will be remembered and sadly missed by many. His family wishes to express deep gratitude for the love and wonderful care that he received at the Veterans’ Home—and a special thanks to Ann Cook who kept vigilance over him always and brought joy and humor into his life, as did all of his other caretakers, as well.
He leaves four brothers and one sister: Richard and wife Beverly of Locke Mills, Gary of Locke Mills, Carroll and wife Alice of Temple, and Owen and wife Donna of Norway; his sister, Carolyn Chretien and husband Rev. Randall Chretien of Brewer; nieces, nephews and many friends; two dear Army buddies, Jeff O’Brien and Willard Mason, both of Massachusetts. He is predeceased by his mother and father; a sister-in-law, Florence (Sally) Melville; and his beloved dog and faithful companion, “Beauty.”
Donations may be made to the Maine Veterans’ Homes, B Unit, 477 High Street, South Paris, ME 04281.
Graveside services were held at the Lakeside Cemetery, Bryant Pond, on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Sondra Withey officiating.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.anfrewsgreenleaf.com.