Douglas “Doug” Michael Melody, 58, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2023 at home.
Doug was born in Danbury, CT on August 2, 1964 to the late Arthur J. Melody, Jr. and the late Josephine Kmetz Melody.
Doug is survived by his cherished wife of 28 years, Heather, and his adoring children, Rachel, Lauren and Andrew, with whom he was most proud. Also surviving are his siblings, Janet, Mark, Arthur, David and his brother-in-law, Noel. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Melissa.
Doug graduated in 1982 from Danbury High School and began working for Reader’s Digest Association (“RDA”) in the electronic printing department. Throughout his 29-year career at RDA, he rose to Data Center Manager. After RDA, he opened his own business, Melody Landscaping and Handyman Services, where he was the jack-of-all-trades. If you had a project, big or small, he was your man! With the exception of electrical work, he could do everything – painting, remodeling, plumbing, snow removal and lawn care. Through his business, he began working as the Sexton at Saint Paul’s Church in Brookfield, where he made many friends among the congregation. He will be sorely missed by all. In addition to fixing things “around the house”, he was a confidant, sounding board and dear friend to many. He listened without judgment, always shed light on a situation and was so many things to so many people. Always one to cut a joke, or offer up a tid-bit of useless information especially on the topic of animals….his knowledge was boundless. He also loved his sports – the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Mets, New York Rangers, Danbury Hat Tricks and many local and Nascar drivers. The television was always tuned to whatever sport was in season and when they overlapped, even better. Split screen TV kept him up-to-date on all the plays and action. He had the uncanny ability to call the game before the actual announcers said the plays – it was like Doug was feeding them the information on the calls. His greatest joy was when his children were old enough to play sports. He began his coaching career with Danbury Youth Soccer Club, where he coached his daughters soccer teams and Danbury Youth Baseball, where he coached his son. He was a staple on the sidelines, never missing a game and cheering for which ever kid was playing and reminding them to always do their best.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Paul’s Church, 174 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804.
The family would like to thank the Danbury Police, Fire and Emergency services for their heroic efforts attending the call that fateful day, even though the outcome was one that has left us forever heartbroken.
Mr. Melody’s family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Saint Paul’s Church, 174 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804 at a celebration of life service at 11:00 am with a reception to follow in the parish hall. To stream the service go to https://saintpaulsbrookfield.com/
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