In Memoriam : Robert Melville

Robert Melville Robert F. Melville - age: 82
(October 11, 1929 to May 25, 2012 )
Resident of Falmouth, Maine

Visitation Information:
A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 2 at 11 AM at St. Mary the Virgin on Route 88 in Falmouth.

FALMOUTH- Robert F. Melville, 82, died peacefully on May 25, 2012 surrounded by family at OceanView Retirement Community in Falmouth.

Born in The Hague, Holland, as Robert Augustus Henry Richard John Melvill van Carnbee, he was the son of Henry John and Virginia (Etnier) Melvill van Carnbee. He immigrated to the United States as a young boy in 1935 and was naturalized as Robert Frederic Melville.

Raised in Westport, Connecticut, he attended South Kent School and then Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard Class of 1951 with a degree in Government.

He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War.

In 1953 Robert married Louise (Anderson). Together they had three children. Louise died suddenly in 1962. In 1965 he married Doris (Johnson) Wyman, mother of seven, and they raised their children in Kingston, Massachusetts. In 1976, he married Barbara (Cahoon) Watts, mother of four, and moved to Maine.

He began his career as a staff reporter for the Boston Post and the Boston Herald. In 1962 he and a colleague incorporated the Silver Lake News in Pembroke, Massachusetts. He was editor, publisher and editorial writer there for 13 years.

He continued his journalism career at the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine where he became managing editor and columnist.
He and his wife Barbara lived in Biddeford Pool for over 30 years where they established Melville Realty, a rental agency.

He served on the vestry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Hanover, Massachusetts and at Christ Church in Biddeford, Maine. Later, he was a communicant at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland and more recently at St. Mary the Virgin in Falmouth.
He and Barbara were sponsored by the Episcopal Church as missionaries to Panama from 1989-1993. He served as a communications coordinator for the Bishop of the Diocese of Panama.

In Biddeford, Robert was instrumental in establishing the York County YMCA. He also took great pride in organizing a summer concert series in Biddeford Pool to remember local educator Joan Beaudry. Now in its 20th year, the Joan Beaudry Memorial Education Fund raises money for local scholarships in education.

He served on the Biddeford School Committee and had a passion for local and state politics. He had a significant collection of political buttons from nearly every presidential campaign since 1840 including William Harrison, Zachary Taylor and Ulysses S. Grant. His collection was featured on the cover of Boston Globe magazine.

A longtime sailor, Robert was club secretary at the Plymouth Yacht Club (Massachusetts) in the 1970s.

Robert was a lifelong Red Sox fan. He was lucky enough to be at Fenway Park for Carlton Fisk’s dramatic homerun in the 1975 World Series. On the other hand, he completely missed the Red Sox’ first modern day World Championship in 2004. He was on the Yangtze River in China.

He and Barbara travelled extensively throughout the world, including trips to New Zealand, Turkey, Greece, China, Europe, Chile and many other countries.

Robert will be remembered by family and friends as having a huge heart. He was a champion of the poor, and would engage with any and all. He was quick-witted and never heard a pun he didn’t like.

In addition to Louise, Robert was pre-deceased by his wife Barbara in 2008.

He is survived by two sisters Mary and Isa Melvill van Carnbee of Wassenaar, Holland; two brothers Pieter Melvill van Carnbee of Rotterdam, Netherlands and Christopher Melville of San Clemente, California, his first cousin Paul Trivers of Altadena, California,

And his children:

Elisabeth (Melville) Regan of Cary, North Carolina; David Melville and his wife Lisa of Cumberland Foreside, Maine; Susan (Melville) Sceviour of Gloucester, Massachusetts; Wendy (Wyman) Campbell Green of La Quinta, California; Karen Wyman and her husband Will Torell of Port Townsend, Washington; Glenna Wyman of Stoughton, Massachusetts; Charles Wyman of West Hollywood, California; Robin Wyman and her partner Keith Metcalf of Exeter, New Hampshire, Julie Wyman and her partner Beth Willis of Gloucester, Massachusetts and Sherrill (Wyman) Potash and her husband Wayne of North Easton, Massachusetts.

Also, Alice Watts of Sterling, Virginia, George Watts and his wife Sandra of North Kingstown, Rhode Island; Dianne (Watts) Kayala and her husband Thomas of Exeter, Rhode Island and Walter Watts of Algonquin, Illinois.

Grandchildren include Alison (Regan) Worsham and her husband John, Teresa and Katherine Regan; Stephen, John, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Henry and Aidan Melville; Rachel and Bradleigh Sceviour; Noah and Jordan Potash; Melissa (Watts) Coker and her husband Hans and Michael Watts; Kristin Kayala, Matthew Kayala and his wife Kara and Andrew Kayala; Alexander Watts plus four great-grandchildren Joshua, Caleb, Malina and Eli.

He is also survived by his dear friend Maria Duggan at OceanView in Falmouth.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 2 at 11 AM at St. Mary the Virgin on Route 88 in Falmouth.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for the Joan Beaudry Memorial Education Fund, PO Box 247, Biddeford Pool, Maine 04006

Arrangements are with Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Homes.

Dale Ashby - July 9, 2012Contact this person Contact this person
To David Melville and Family: Sorry to see in the Portland Press Herald that your father Robert Melville passed away. Hope you find inner strength and peace during these difficult times. Sincerely, Dale Ashby


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