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Emile Joseph Melanson


Emile Joseph Melanson

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Emile Joseph Melanson, age 98, of Amherst, NS.  Emile passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre with family members by his side.

Born in Shemogue, NB, he was the son of the late Dennis and Angeline (Gallant) Melanson.

Emile was a Veteran of WW II, serving with the Canadian Army, with NB Rangers and Carlton York regiments, serving in Italy, France and Holland. After returning to civilian life, he worked 7 years at Enamel and Heating Sackville NB then 33 years with Brookfield Dairy (Scotsburn) Amherst NS.  He was a faithful member of Holy Family Parish, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. # 10, Amherst, a member of the Charismatic Prayer Group and a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

He will be dearly missed by daughters Diane (Kenneth) Bangerter, Freelton, ON, Shirley (Gregory) LeBlanc, Amherst, NS, Debbie (Leslie) Lohr, Victoria BC, Charlene (David) Burden, Sarnia, ON, Monique (Donald) White, Dartmouth, NS; sons Alan, Amherst, NS, Stephen (Elaine), Lower Sackville, NS. 

Emile was the beloved Grampy of Jason (Stacey), Tim (Tatyana), Joel (Angela), Derek (Michelle), Christina, Christa, Kimberlea (Jean Denis), Thea (Bryan), Jeff (Chelsea), Tracy (Kevin), Aaron (Aleshia), Nicholas, Matthew, Emily, Alicia (Marty), Joey (Robin), Julie (Russell), David, Mason, Olivia and Hunter.  Great-Grampy to Darina, Evan, Sebastian, Christian, Arianne, Chloe, Megan, Taylor, Dylan, Jared, Alice, Freya, Gray, Noah, Ethan, Ellie and Sidney.  

He always looked forward to the summer with family and spending time at the cottage.  He will be greatly missed by his sister-in-law, Viola Corbett, Amherst, NS and loved by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorilla, infant son Emile Jr., brother Lionel Melanson, sister Edna LeBlanc and half-brother Fred Duguay.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Jones Family Funeral Centre, 70 Church St., Amherst, NS (902-667-8777).  On what would have been Emile's 99th birthday, Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11 am, Funeral Mass will be celebrated from Holy Family Parish Church, followed immediately with his interment beside his wife Dorilla in the St. Charles-Nativity Cemetery, Amherst, NS.  In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, attendees are required to wear a mask and call 902 667 8777 to pre-register their attendance so that seating can be accommodated.  As seating is limited we recommend you call early.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, or the charity of your choice.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Emile's online memorial at or through the Jones Family Funeral Centre Facebook Page.

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Service Date
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
Holy Family Parish Church, Amherst, NS

Burial Date
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Burial Location
St. Charles-Nativity Cemetery, Amherst, NS

Requested Charity
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, or the charity of your choice