In Loving Memory Of
Arnaud Melanson
1928 - 2024

Moncton, NB – Arnaud Melanson “Arnie”, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22nd, at Ocean Hall Nursing Home at the age of 95. Born in Moncton, NB he was the son of the late Léo and the late Marguerite (Gaudet) Melanson.

Arnaud worked as a dental technician at Hub Dental Lab and eventually became co-owner and manager. All his adult life he played music: trumpet, trombone, and accordion occasionally, but mainly piano. For many decades he entertained the public with the Amos Landry band at the Starlight Lounge and the Beauséjour Club, and subsequently with Jazz Generation at the Cosmo club. He was an avid photographer and loved nothing better than a drive out in the country to find subjects to photograph. After retiring, he became an enthusiastic gardener at his cottage in St. Edouard, where he got to commune with nature most of the year. Arnaud loved to play bridge; he read extensively and with great curiosity, and he followed the hockey season passionately.

In 1951 he married his great love, Jeannine Soucy. Together they had seven children: Denise, Giselle, Martin, Monique, Nicolle, Adrien and Armand. Family outings were adventures at the beach and in the countryside, digging clams, collecting wild greens, mushrooms and apples. Nature was the family’s playground.

Arnaud was predeceased by his parents; his siblings: Virgil, Valmont, Andréa, Simonne, Jean-Paul, and Pierre; his best friend: Armand Soucy, and his wife of 67 years. He is survived by his seven children, eighteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

The family will have a private Celebration of Life Ceremony. We are grateful to the compassionate staff at Ocean Hall Nursing Home.

The family invites you to sign a book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.

Arrangements under the professional care of

Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center.

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22 comments

  1. Arnie was a treasure, a wonderful positive person, a loving father of a dynamic family and talented musician whose Jazz Generation made Friday evenings at Cosmo in downtown Moncton, the place to be. We owe him a profound thank you. Merci beaucoup Arnaud. Our sincere condoleances to his family and friends.

  2. Arnie and Jeannine were the vortex of good and family protection a newcomer kid singer from the boon docks of Edmundston needed to maintain a semblance of reality while facing the exigencies of a developing vocal career in a teaching context. Arnie was the unspoken genius who quietly guided the kid and Jeannine presented the cocoon of love and respect he needed to adapt. Life was good then and Lord, did we swing!
    Much love, respect and condolences to the family,
    Bill

  3. My neighbour from age 10 to 21. He gave me trumpet lessons and arranged for Amos Landry to give me drumming lessons. He was my photographer at my wedding. I danced to his band’s music for many years. Rest in peace my old friend.

  4. Condolences to the family of Arnaud. We first met Arnaud and Jeannine at our country store in St. Edouard. We became fast friends as they were so welcoming to us and our two young boys. We now live in Dieppe and when my parents moved into The Oasis Residence five years ago, we got to reconnect with Arnaud and his brother Valmont. They will all be fondly remembered.

  5. Our hearts go out to all of the family. Great memories of the beautiful music that we enjoyed for many years. May he Rest in Peace.

  6. Arnaud was always a pure gentleman, loved listening to him play with Jazz Generations in lower level of the Cosmo. Sorry for your loss, he will be missed ♥️

  7. Dear Armand & family,

    Words of sympathy feel inadequate in expressing grief and sorrow you all must feel for a loss so great.

    He was someone who always brought a smile to your face on every occasion.

    He was an amazing person and what a remarkable life!

    I’m grateful I got the chance to know him.

    He’s back in the arms of his loving wife Jeannine enjoying the piano playing into eternity.

    Al

  8. We were fortunately able to hear an enjoy Arnie and the band at the Beausejour club when we moved to Moncton from PEI in 1970. Years later, I was very pleased to sit in with Arnie, Marty, Jamie, Roland, and Charlie, the Cosmo crew, and play Jazz. We will miss this fine gentleman.

  9. My heartfelt condolences to Denise and family. The picture of your dad at the piano brought back many memories when we were children. He was such a wonderfully nice man. He always wanted his children to be the best they could be. I always admired him for that. Much love, Jane Abbott

  10. Arnaud was my “foster father” as I grew up on Humphrey Street and was fortunate enough to be embraced by his amazing family. A mentor, an employer, and a friend, Arnaud always had a twinkle in his eye, and a kind (or wise) word. Truly a remarkable man, a great father and musician as well, he touched many a person’s life with his generous spirit. My condolences and love to his fine family – Arnaud’s legacy will live on through them.

  11. Armand and family,

    Armand, sorry to hear about your dad passing. We’re thinking about you.

    Roger and Sylvia

  12. Mes plus sincères sympathies Giselle, Monique ainsi qu’aux autres membres de la famille Melanson‼️❤️🙏🌹 Votre papa semblait être une personne bien spéciale 😍 Je vous embrasse fort😘❤️ Bon courage dans votre épreuve ! xoxo…

  13. I so enjoyed the stories of him making beautiful jewellery in the dental lab! My Mom Gwen worked with Monique at U I C.

  14. Our sympathies to the Melanson Family on the passing of your father.
    David and Ronalda Savard

  15. Monique — The days of wine and roses are now gone for some of us. However, Arnie was a “GREAT” musician and, Edgar and I spent years of enjoying our Saturdays at the Beausejour Curling Club dancing to Amos Landry and his band! They would start the evening playing, “Satin Doll”. To this day, I still listen to this very song and it brings back fond memories. Arnie is now playing with the angels in heaven and looking over his Family. Furthermore, I hope that Amos, Jamie, and Arnie are still entertaining Edgar (who passed away 4 years ago in December). Time waits for no one. One day at a time! Sincere sympathies to you Monique, and the rest of the Melanson Family. Margaret Hachey

  16. May you be blessed with peace and comfort during this sad time. We shall always remember our happy times with Uncle Arnaud. Sending our heartfelt sympathy, the Poirier Cousins

  17. Denise, Giselle et famille, mes plus sincères sympathies lors du décès de votre cher père… great music is being played up above…
    Thinking of you – Claudia Kingston

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