Richard C. Melanson, 88, husband of Marjorie M. (Cook) Alexander Melanson, of Gloucester, died on Friday at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Weymouth, Nova Scotia on Sept. 20, 1922, he was a son of the late Charles W. and Rachel (Alride) Melanson.

He was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1940, and graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Class of 1965, with a degree in Science Education. Richard also studied at Cornell University.

Richard had served in the U.S. Marine Corp from March 1943 until June 1957 with the rank of Captain. He then transferred to the U.S. Army in 1957 and retired in June 1963 as a Major with the 16th Signal Battalion.

Following his military career, Richard earned his master’s degree in education from Salem State College. He taught at the Central Grammar School and later at Fuller School in Gloucester for several years as a science teacher until his retirement. In later years, Richard enjoyed lobstering and boating around the Cape Ann waters.

Richard was a member of the Capt. Lester S. Wass Post #3 Gloucester American Legion and the Cape Ann Sportsman Club. He was the 4th Vice President of the New England Chapter of the 2nd Marine Division, member of the New England Chapter 1st Marine Division, and member of the USMC Motor Transport Association.

In addition to his second wife, Marjorie, he is survived by three children from his first wife, the late Shirley (Hanson) Melanson, daughter Marcia Melanson and husband Guilford Dube, of Groton, sons Richard C. Melanson Jr. of Denmark, Maine, David Thor Melanson and wife Janet, of Shelbyville, Ky.; grandchildren Alexander and Benjamin Dube, USMC Lance Cpl. Elijah Melanson, currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan, David Melanson Jr., Daniel, Jeanette and Katherine Melanson; great-grandson Thor Melanson; his brother, Raymond Melanson and his wife Joan (Brennan), of Gloucester; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers Ernest and Everett Melanson and sister Pauline Melanson.

His funeral was held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Ann’s Church at 11 a.m.

The burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name the USO, PO Box 96322, Washington, D.C. 20090-6322 or

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