Surrounded by family, R. Scott Melanson — Of Sandwich entered eternal life on Thursday, February 13, 2020, following a prolonged struggle with kidney cancer. Scott was 66 years old, he exemplified great courage and strength during this challenging time, attributes that eternally define his life and legacy. His spirit will be carried on by his loving wife and soulmate Barbara (O’Leary) Melanson, who gave his life meaning and filled it with joy and happiness; his beloved daughter Jennifer Morin, who gave him endless love and support, and his stepdaughters Julia Ryder, Ana Bierce, and Taryn Flynn, who will always remember his love and guidance that bonded their family.
Scott was born on May 30, 1953, in Boston, Massachusetts and was principally raised in Norton, Massachusetts with his parents Robert and Dorothy and siblings Denise, Sharon, and Bruce. He moved to Cape Cod as a teenager and graduated from Bourne High School.
He had a love for the great outdoors. Both of his parents were French-Canadian and as a child his family would take trips to their summer home in Freeport, Nova Scotia where Scott discovered his love for fishing. He would often venture to Northern Quebec to hunt caribou.
When his kids were young, Scott enjoyed watching them participate in sports. He spent many hours next to the track field and the swimming pool. Scott loved coaching his son Chris in little league and carried that love to later help coach his grandson Christopher in baseball.
Scott and his wife Barbara shared a lot of the same passions in life, including taking their Harley Davidson for tours around North America. They once hopped on a bike and went from Sandwich to Nashville and back within a week. Adventure always knocked on their door.
When he wasn’t hunting in Canada or cruising through the country, Scott cherished moments with his family camping at Sandy Neck, snowmobiling in Maine, boat trips around Cape Cod Bay, and long walks at Scorton Creek with his chocolate labs Gracie and Ossie. Scorton Creek held a special place in his heart as it was the place where he proposed to his wife in the middle of a snowstorm.
A fine craftsman and instrumental in the creation of many intricate projects, Scott’s perfectionism and precision poured into every home he touched throughout Cape Cod. He often used his talents to help those around him, from building his daughter Jen a beautiful home to sharing his knowledge of carpentry to the many beginner tradesmen that worked alongside him. “Every time I am about to start something on the job, I think about how Scott would approach it” was a common sentiment among the men he mentored.
There is nothing Scott could not fix. Despite his large collection of tools, he constantly ran off to the hardware store to “get something.” Scott was the kind of person who would sit and glue every single piece together of a hopelessly shattered family heirloom until it resembled the drummer-boy music box you once adored. With an inherent voice of reason and knack for exploration, Scott held innate instructions for just about anything you were interested in doing. He also had just about every U.S. and Canadian map stuffed into the pocket compartments of his Chevy Truck beside his forgotten Reese's wrappers.
Scott is survived by his wife Barbara (O’Leary) Melanson, his children Jennifer (Melanson) Morin, and husband Marc of Centerville, MA, Taryn Flynn and husband Sayre of Huntington, NY, Ana Bierce and husband Joe of Smithtown, NY, Julia Ryder and partner Michel Rodrigues of Boston, MA. Scott was a loving Pepere to his many grandchildren, Sophia Morin, Christopher Morin, Ava Bilbo, Alex Bierce, Dylan Flynn, and Taylor Flynn; his two sisters, Sharon and her husband Robert Thurber of North Smithfield, RI, and Denise and her husband Dennis Kenoi of Hilo, Hawaii. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved son Christopher “Melon” Melanson, his mother Dorothy Melanson, his father Robert “Doc” Melanson, and brother Bruce Melanson.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 11:30 AM at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 South Main St., Centerville. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Christopher Melanson Scholarship Fund. P.O. BOX 1152 Sandwich, MA. 02563