Aline M. (Melancon) May

  • Born: March 14, 1937
  • Died: June 15, 2020
  • Location: Westford, Massachusetts

Westford Healy Funeral Home

57 N Main St
Westford, MA 01886

Tel. (978) 692-6502

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Mother & Grandmother

Aline M. (Melancon) May, beloved wife of the late Harry E. May, Jr., passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 83.

Born in Lowell on March 14, 1937 she was a daughter of the late Paul and Dorianna (Lamy) Melancon. Aline grew up in Westford and graduated from the Lowell Trade School. Aline met Harry while he was stationed at Ft. Devens. They celebrated 42 years of marriage at the time of his death in 2001. She retired following a 25 year career in the bindery department at the former Murray Printing.

Aline loved playing bingo, visiting Foxwoods Resort and playing cards with her friends and neighbors.
Family meant everything to Aline. Her children and grandchildren made her very proud. She loved being a Memere, not only to her grandchildren, but to so many others that she met throughout her life. She bragged about her kids and grandkids often and wore her many "Memere" shirts proudly.
Aline's positivity, strength and sense of humor got her through many obstacles while she stood by her favorite motto "it is what it is". Even through the tough times, she never lost her beautiful smile, kindness and generosity.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Patricia and Shaun Burke of Pepperell, Lori and James Burke of Litchfield, NH, Richard and Lauren May of Chelmsford, Kathleen and Jeffrey Dawson of Hampstead, NH; grandchildren, Ryan Burke and his wife Sarah (and their 2 children), Katie MacKenzie and her husband Gordon, Steven Burke, Eric Burke, David Burke, Thomas Dawson, Adria May, Allison May, Ava Dawson; several nieces and nephews and several dear friends. She was the sister of the late Robert Melancon and Denise Smith.
Relatives and friends may call at the Westford-Healy Funeral Home 57 North Main St. on Monday from 4 until 8 PM. Committal Prayers will be offered on Tuesday at 10:00 in St. Catherine Cemetery.


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Patty - So sorry to hear of the recent passing of your mom. Sending peace and love as you grieve.

Posted by Robin Connell - Forge Village, MA - Acquaintance   July 24, 2020

"Patty, Lori, Rick, and Kathy--Aline was an amazing woman and cousin. She was a large part of my family and the last one with the Melançon name. I and my brothers are so sorry for the loss. We have wonderful memories from her. We will pray for her.

Louise, Jacques et François Juneau, St-Jean-sur Richelieu, Qc. Canada 24 mai 2020

Posted by Louise Juneau - Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu - Family   June 24, 2020

Have a safe journey Aline. You will be surely missed.

Posted by Alice Sevigny - westford, MA - friend   June 22, 2020

I have never met a kinder women in my life. Aline was a very special person who's light touched everyone she came in contact with. I know you are in Disney heaven surrounded by love. You will be missed by everyone.
Kathy and of course family, I am so sorry for your loss and send my deepest sympathy and love.

Posted by John Marchese    June 21, 2020

Patty, Lori, Rick and Kathy - such profound sadness here. I absolutely loved your mom. She was one of a kind (she DEFINITELY broke the mold!) and will be sorely missed. I know this has left a huge whole in your hearts and many others as well. Warm hugs to you all and your families.

Posted by Janet O'Hare - Milford, NH - Family Friend   June 21, 2020

We are so sorry for your Loss. Aline was a great friend and bingo player and we shared our winnings and losses together. She will be remembered in our prayers.

Posted by Jeanette & Dave Spang - Chelmsford, MA - Friend   June 21, 2020

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Our deepest condolences to you Patti and all of Aline's entire family. She was so proud of you all. She was especially sure to share some of the many amazing precocious accomplishments of "her Ava" with her poker pals. Ava will always retain the blessing of her Memere's eternal love wherever she goes.
Aline happily hosted poker games for some of her senior friends and neighbors twice weekly for many years. What she seemed to enjoy most were the situations when a hand left her head-to-head with Tony. Aline's keen poker skills, more often than not, usually won her those heavily-strategized chips. When she carefully collected them, it somehow brought a particularly satisfied smile across her previously perfectly stoic "Poker Face".
Those games will never be the same without her.

Posted by Tony & Laurine Vacca - Westford, MA - Friend   June 21, 2020

Lori and family,
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Reflect on the wonderful memories. She is now at peace and reunited with the love of life

Posted by Lori Sliz - Friend   June 19, 2020

Patty, Lori, Rick, and Kathy--Aline was an amazing woman and cousin. She carted us around as kids to give us a good time, and I'll always remember our childhood fun with you all. She maintained the family bond even years after we moved to Maine. I love you all and keep you in my prayers. Losing a mother is a loss like no other.
Love, Priscilla

Posted by Priscilla Gosselin Rice - Winslow, ME - Family   June 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss Patty. I will say a prayer for your mom.

Posted by Pat Checchia - Townsend, MA - Friend   June 19, 2020

My heart goes out to your whole family I only met her a couple of times but she was the sweetest thing to me and I'm aware how very close Kathy was to her mom. Prayers for you and blessings

Posted by Terry Beal - Fall River, MA - Family Friend   June 18, 2020

Lori, please know you are in our thoughts and our hearts. So sorry for the loss of your mom

Posted by Carol Trepaney - Amherst, NH - Friend   June 18, 2020

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RIP Aline you will be missed by all of your family and friends. ❤

Posted by Lois Socorelis - Westford, MA - Friend   June 18, 2020

Patty and family. I am very sorry for the sudden loss of your mom. It is very hard when you lose someone you love so dearly. I hope that the great memories help you get through this. Love Tina.

Posted by Tina James - Shirley, MA - Friend   June 18, 2020

Sorry for your loss

Posted by Kathy Whittaker - Sandown, NH   June 17, 2020

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My deepest sympathy and condolences my prayers are with you love Lil and Patrick Callahan

Posted by Lillian Callahan - Nashua, NH - Family Friend   June 17, 2020


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Our deepest condolences to you Patti and all of Aline's entire family. She was so proud of you all. She was especially sure to share some of the many amazing precocious accomplishments of "her Ava" with her poker pals. Ava will always retain the blessing of her Memere's eternal love wherever she goes. Aline happily hosted poker games for some of her senior friends and neighbors twice weekly for many years. What she seemed to enjoy most were the situations when a hand left her head-to-head with Tony. Aline's keen poker skills, more often than not, usually won her those heavily-strategized chips. When she carefully collected them, it somehow brought a particularly satisfied smile across her previously perfectly stoic "Poker Face". Those games will never be the same without her.
Always a true Patriot