More about Doug Me­lan­son

Worked as cus­to­dian for Mil­ton school and loved by many

Tri-County Vanguard - - COMMUNITY - CARLA ALLEN THEVANGUARD. CA CON­TRIB­UTED

The man for whom the new Doug Me­lan­son Park is named worked nearly two decades as cus­to­dian for the former Mil­ton school and was a pop­u­lar sight at the school.

He was the cus­to­dian at Mil­ton El­e­men­tary be­tween 1969 and 1989.

“Every­body loved this man,” says park project co-or­di­na­tor Jean Clulee. “He seemed to know and love all the kids.”

Me­lan­son lived across from the bowl­ing lanes on Brunswick Street and this sum­mer some of his fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing his great-grand­sons, planted a Ja­panese flow­er­ing cherry tree in the park, just like Me­lan­son used to have in his yard.

Dave Sol­lows, a park com­mit­tee vol­un­teer, says Me­lan­son left a “leg­endary legacy.”

“He would come and visit now and then. If any­thing was needed, he would find a way to make it hap­pen,” said Sol­lows.

On cold snowy days, there would al­ready be cof­fee on when the staff ar­rived and paths would be shov­elled.

A bro­ken pen­cil sharpener would be re­paired with­out peo­ple hav­ing to barely men­tion it and the school was spot­less.

“He treated the school as some­thing that was a source of pride to him. He was an ex­am­ple to oth­ers,” said Sol­lows.

Doug Me­lan­son died in 2009. Doug Me­lan­son was a cus­to­dian for the former Mil­ton school. A new park in Yar­mouth is named af­ter him.

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