Lawrence, MA — Major Robert J. Melanson, U. S. M.C. retired, 73, died Wednesday evening at his home.
Born in Haverhill, MA, son of the late Albert and M. Agatha (DeRoche) Melanson, he attended St. Joseph Grammar School and was a member of the Lawrence Central Catholic High School, Class of 1956. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College in 1960. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1961, serving for twenty-one years retiring with the rank of Major in 1982. During his lengthy career, he served in Vietnam as a Supply Officer and later as the Commanding Officer of the United States Marine Corps Reserves, 4th Marine Division, Freemansburg, PA. He also served as Executive Officer of the Supply Battalion Third FSSG, Okinawa, Japan. And at the time of his retirement, he was stationed in the Second FSSG Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune.
A resident of Lawrence since 1982, Mr. Melanson worked for twenty-eight years as a Logistics Engineer for Sanders Associates in Nashua, NH, retiring in 2010. A member of the former Sacred Heart Parish of South Lawrence, he was also a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers, Post 0462 of the American Legion, Boston, and a 4th Degree member of the Lehigh Valley Assembly of the Knights of Columbus.
A loving husband to his wife of fifty-one years, he was also a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, M. Theresa “Teri” (Scott) Melanson; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott R. J. and Brandi Melanson of New Port Richey, FL; four daughters and sons-in-law, Michele T. and Patrick Powell of Windham, NH, Dr. Suzanne M. Melanson, Phd., of Albuquerque, NM, Renee J. and Ernest Indresano of Newburyport, and Nicole M. and Casey Corcoran of Andover; two sisters, Pearl Freeman of Sweetwater, AL, and Jean Farnam of Moultonboro, NH; seven grandchildren, Specialist Michael Powell, USAR, Corporal Nicholas Powell, USMC, Theresa Powell, Taylor Powell, Isabel Indresano, Alexandra Corcoran and Kian Corcoran; a great-grandson, Cameron Powell and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.