Granite Chapter # 15 mourns the loss of Bro. Robert Melanson

Robert Joseph Melanson

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Robert Joseph Melanson announce his passing on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Saint John Regional Hospital with family by his side. Robert was 69 years old. Born in Blacks Harbour NB on March 4, 1949, he was a son of the late Edward and Emeline (Mullin) Melanson.

Robert was a supportive, steadfast, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his sense of humor, quick wit, friendly teasing, his kindness and his perspective on what's most important in life. Robert was always looking out for the best interest of others and often went the extra mile to lend a hand.

He loved his family and spending time with them was top priority particularly with his pride and joy, Hannah. Robert shared a very close and special relationship with his only grandchild. He cherished his annual apple picking trip with his girls, Brenda, Bonnie and Hannah and his regular long telephone conversations with Stephanie.

Robert had a long career that spanned 32 years with the Canadian Food Inspectors. He believed in giving back to the community and in helping others. He volunteered in several community projects such as Books for Bikes, Buddy Benches and the Veteran's Banners. He spent numerous hours helping with other various community functions.

Robert started his Masonic Career at the St. George Lodge #12 in 1979 until present. Over the years he filled several different positions within the Masonic Order. In due time he became Master of the Lodge and was Past District Deputy Grand Master of District #5. He was very active in both York and Scottish Rite as well as the Shrine. Robert was a Past First Principle of St. Stephen Royal Arch Chapter #6 and Past First Grand Principal of New Brunswick Royal Arch Masons. He was a Past Illustrious Master of St. Croix Council #11, in Calais Maine and Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of the State of Main, Royal and Select Masters. He was Past President of the Main Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters, a member of the Maine Council of the Order of the High Priesthood. Robert was a past Preceptor of St. Stephen Preceptory #15A of Knights Templar and Past Provincial Grand Prior of New Brunswick Knights Templar. Robert was a Past Governor of the York Rite College #98 of New Brunswick and was a member of the Knights York Cross of Honor. Robert received his Royal Arch Marnier Degree of the Eastern Jurisdiction of Canada. He was a past Patron of the Granite Chapter #15 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Robert was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Masons, Valley of Saint John. He was a Past Thrice Puissant Grand Master of the Lodge of Perfection. He was Past Most Wide Sovereign of the Harrington Sovereign Chapter of Rose Croix, O.E.S. Granite Chapter # 15. Robert was a member of the Royal Order of Scotland and a member of the New Brunswick Sovereign Consistory. Robert is a proud member of the Luxor Shrine Temple, Past President of the Charlotte County Shrine Club and Past President of the Luxor Shrine Temple Flag Unit. He is a member of the McLeod Moore Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine.

Robert is survived by his wife Brenda (Monks) Melanson of Back Bay; daughters: Stephanie (Dana Balsor) of Duncan BC and Bonnie (Jody MacBeth) of Kerrs Ridge; granddaughter: Hannah Hannan of Kerrs Ridge; siblings: Paul (Brenda) of Seeleys Cove, Donald (Debbie) of Woodstock, Mark (Laurie) of Blacks Harbour, Dianne (Alex) Savoy of Blacks Harbour, Gail (Roy) MacLennan of St. George, Joanne (Emile) Chevarie of Blacks Harbour, Carolyn (Edgar) Benoit of Tracadie-Sheila and Shelly Melanson of Blacks Harbour; several nieces; nephews; cousins; and his travel buddies: Oliver, Frisbee and Cooper. In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by one brother: Earl Melanson.

Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533) 26 Portage Street, St. George NB. A Masonic Tribute Service and an OES Service for Robert will be held at the funeral home on Sunday beginning at 3:00 pm. Visiting for Robert will be held at the Sea View Full Gospel Church, Back Bay NB on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. The service will be held from the church on Tuesday at 2:00 pm with Rev. Randy Crozier officiating. Interment w-ill take place in the St. George Rural Cemetery in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's memory to Charlotte County Cancer or to the NB Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.