Bernard "Ben" Melancon
1936 - 2019
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ANSON - Bernard "Ben" Melancon, 83, of Anson, passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Redington Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan.

Ben was born on May 14, 1936, in Biddeford, the son of Delphis P. and Marguerite Y. (Shevenell) Melancon. He was educated in the local schools and graduated from Saint Louis High School in Biddeford, Maine.

He grew up on the family farm and loved to tell stories of his trips on the Melancon's Dairy Milk truck.  He was a dairy farmer for most of his life, first in Biddeford and later in Starks, Maine. He was an honest, hardworking, and trustworthy man.  Ben had a big heart. Ben was a foster parent for more than 30 years providing a home to over a hundred children in that time. He loved to travel with his motorhome and spoke fondly of those adventures. He lived a full life.

He was predeceased by both of his parents, an infant sister, his first wife, Jacqueline A. Melancon, a son-in-law, Gregory A. Quimby and a daughter in-law, Cindy Melancon.

Ben is survived by his wife, Louise Cardoza Melancon of Anson; his  children, Christine Adams and her husband Scot of Starks, Robin Melancon-Quimby also of Starks, Blaine Peter Melancon and his wife Ann Marie of Augusta, Keith Melancon and his wife Katherine Gajdukow of Farmington, John R. Murphy of Anson, Christopher Melancon, Michael Melancon and Cameron Melancon all of Starks. He is survived his grandchildren, Katherine Fortier, Laura DeHart, Allen Roy, Marguerite L. Quimby, Francis J. Quimby, Victoria A. Melancon, Andrew Sanville, Kristopher Melancon, Anthony Gajdukow, Jacqueline E. J. Melancon and his great grandchildren, Evin Fortin, Alec Fortin, Courtney Morton, Jason Hart, Caleb Roy, Robert J. Roy, Michael Roy, Joshua C. Johnson Jr.,  Andrew Sanville Jr., Adelia Sanville, Aspen Melancon, Kip Melancon, Piper Melancon, Khaleesi Gajdukow and Michel Gajdukow.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 from 4-7 p.m., at Giberson Funeral Home, Madison. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at 10 a.m., in St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Madison.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit

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Published in Journal Tribune on Aug. 6, 2019.
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August 7, 2019
We are all so sorry for your loss. Love you Ti Louise.
George and Kristina Souza
August 7, 2019
Louise the short time I got to meet Ben,,he made me laugh many times and I saw a great change in you ,,,,you were happy I happy for you that you had 3 years of happy times with him I,m so sorry for your loss,,,,
lydia ponte
August 6, 2019
"Big Ben " was probably the nicest guy in our class. Many people will miss him.

Ben Cote St Louis High School 1955
August 6, 2019
Robin and family so sad to hear of your loss. Ben touched many lives with his love and support.
Margaret Mayo (Vital)
August 6, 2019
T-Louise, Rose and I send our Love and Prayers to you and all of Ben's family. He was a great person and we loved talking to him.
Rose and Frank Souza
August 5, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
Katherine Gajdukow
August 4, 2019
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Debrah Goss
August 3, 2019
Robin, Louise, and John I am so sorry for your loss. Ben was a great guy with so many amazing stories of his lifes adventures. I enjoyed working with him very much. His sense of humor always made my day. He will be greatly missed.
Michelle Durfee
August 3, 2019
To Ben's big, big family & his many friends, while I didn't know him well, I know that he touched many lives. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
Kari Saucier
August 3, 2019
Thinking of Ben's many family members and friends.
Kari Saucier
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