Published in the October 17, 2016 edition.
Born in Winchester on Dec. 7, 1962, he was the son of the late Howard E. Sr. and Elaine M. (Meuse) Melanson.
Tom was raised in Wakefield, attended Wakefield public schools and was a graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School, Class of 1980. He was a member of the 1979-80 Wakefield Memorial High School hockey team that was inducted into the WMHS Hall of Fame. He attended St. Anselm College and Salem State College and was a member of the 1984-85 ECAC hockey championship team at Salem State.
Tom was a member of Teamsters Local #25, a member of Knights of Columbus Council #104 and worked for DHL for over 25 years. Tom was devoted to his family and an avid sports fan.
Tom is survived by his sons Brian T., Michael A. and Steven J., all of Wakefield, and his former wife Suzanne (Tremblay) Melanson. He is also survived by his sister Joanne M. (Cronin) of Lynnfield and his brothers John E. of Yardley, Pa., Edward J., Peter G., Dennis P., Timothy D. and Howard E. Jr., all of Wakefield. He is also survived by 21 nieces and nephews.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield, on Monday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral from the McDonald Funeral Home at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10 a.m.
Interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield.