Service for Karl Melanson

KarlDear friends,

We are sad to share the news that Karl Melanson, a lifetime member and the pianist of our church, passed to spirit.

Karl will be greatly missed.  He touched so many lives with his music, his incredible voice and his joy for life.

A service for Karl will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00am at the Swampscott Church of Spiritualism (59 Burrill St, Swampscott, MA).  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

A luncheon will be available in Simpson Hall following the service.

In light of the recent weather reports, we wanted to keep our family and friends aware of the arrangements for Karl’s service. At this time, no changes have been made. It is still scheduled for tomorrow at 11am. If the family makes any changes to the date and time, we will be sure to share this with everyone.

Below is Karl’s obituary:

Karl Alan Melanson, 74, of Marblehead and formally of Danvers, MA, and St. Petersburg, FL, passed away on January 12th, 2019.

Born May 13th, 1944 Karl was the eldest child of F. Guy Melanson and Ruth M. Parrott. As a youth he participated in Boy Scouts, DeMolay, and both track and music at Tabor Academy and Danvers High School where he graduated in 1962. While there he held the lead role in the high school play, “Oklahoma” and played both in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and several smaller bands. Karl played the Clarinet, Flute, Saxaphone and Piccolo during these years.

After graduating, Karl attended Berkeley School of Music, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminar and later South Florida University.

During the Vietnam War he served in the United States Army. He trained at the Naval School of Music in Norfolk, VA, and played in the ARMY band at Fort Eustis, VA. Karl also received several awards for his photography during these years.

Music played a major role throughout his life. Karl toured with the band, “Avalanche” in the 1970’s placing in the top 10 on Billboard music multiple times. Karl continued his career playing both with several other bands as well as performing solo. In addition, he repaired musical instruments and taught music in private lessons.

Towards the end of his career he was the program director and radio announcer (“Karl Alan”) for the classical music station WBACH, 104.9FM.

In Karl’s later years he was best known around the town of Marblehead when he worked for Glover Property Management as a maintenance man. He cherished the many friendships he made throughout the town in those years. Karl also became heavily involved in his beloved church, Swampscott Church of Spiritualism where he took classes, had many close friends and played music each Sunday.

He will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his wife, Catherine Melanson, of Marblehead, his son and daughter-in law Miles and Margaret Melanson of Marblehead, his daughter, Marni Burbage of Marblehead, his sister Susan Chabot of Middleton, his brother Scott Melanson of St. Petersburg, FL and his 6 grandchildren and niece and nephew.