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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
George Melrose

George Joseph Melrose

October 4, 1948 - June 10, 2019
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George Joseph “Joe” Melrose, III, 70, of Simsbury, died Monday, June 10, 2019 at his home. He was born October 4, 1948 in Hartford, son of the late George Joseph Melrose, Jr. and Barbara (Smith) Melrose and had been a life long resident of Simsbury. Mr. Melrose was in the Claims Department for The Hartford for 30 years prior to his retirement. Joe enjoyed reading, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles and was an avid walker and skilled golfer.

He is survived by his three children, Julianne Milum of Georgia, Samantha Papa and her husband Anthony of Windsor and Stephen Melrose and his wife Amanda of West Granby; his siblings, Nancy Melrose, Sally Melrose, John Melrose and his wife Carolyn, Barbara Blanchette and her husband Jim and Elizabeth Melrose; his grandchildren, Jaelyn and Peyton, with three more on the way, his former wife of 27 years Sharon Melrose; 15 nieces and nephews and 13 great-nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his older sister Pamela Koberg of Virginia.

There are no calling hours and service will be private. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Donations are being accepted for: ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC.


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John Retartha

Posted at 11:30am
I worked with Joe for a number of years at The Hartford. I started my career with him as my supervisor and thanks to his mentoring and encouragement I stood the course and ended up retiring from there after 32 years.. Years later I recall joining him and his family at MT Ascutney in VT when he gave my young twin sons a ski lesson. I was told they called him “Okemo Joe” for his love and skill on the mountain.
Joe was always upbeat, with a positive attitude and a sterling work ethic. An all around nice guy.
My condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.

John Retartha
Oxford CT

Posted at 02:48pm
Very sad to hear of the passing of my old high school buddy. We had lost touch over the years but I never forgot how much fun we had joking around our senior year. We would be laughing so hard, some teachers refused to sit us anywhere near each other. Joe loved music and we spent many hours in my bedroom listening to all the great tunes from the '60s that defined our era. Joe would always grab my guitar and put on a great "air guitar" show. Our friendship continued as we both attended Northwest Community College in Winsted. I will never forget the kindness he showed me after I totaled my car, I had no transportation to/from school and before I even started looking for a solution, Joe immediately stepped up and offered to give me rides each day until I replaced my car.

I only new his sister Nancy, so to Nancy and Joe's immediate family, please accept my condolences.

RIP Moe...

Lynne Kravitt

Posted at 11:34pm
Sam, we didn’t know your dad but he raised one beautiful women in you. Heaven has gained another angel. Hugs and Prayers.
Elliot and Lynne

Tina Maguire

Posted at 10:19pm
Dear Uncle Joe,
When I think of you I remember a chuckle and a laugh. And your mustache:) You were a sweetheart of an Uncle and will be dearly missed. I’m glad Mom there to welcome you❤️ And Grandad and his cigars.
Your niece
Tina (and her family) Maguire

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