Alan Joseph Melancon, “The Wiz”, 72, passed away December 2nd, 2019 at his residence in Slidell. Born March 29th, 1947, in New Orleans, the son of the late Edwin and Noelie Melancon.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judith “Judy” Melancon; sons, Todd and Kyle Melancon; step daughter, Kathy LeDoux; 5 grandchildren, Remy, Peyton, Jackson, Manny & Cameron; sister, Jane Pfiefer (Larry); sister-in-law, Peggy Melancon; brother, Paul Melancon (Valerie); sister-in-law, Patricia Wallinger (Dennis); brother-in-law, Thomas Tiarks (Cheryl); sister-in-law, Donna Tiarks-McGovern (Michael) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Edwin & Noelie Melancon, brother Ray Melancon and brother-in-law Roy Walters.
The Wiz started his fire career with The NOFD in 1967, retiring as District Fire Chief in 2000 after 33 years of service. He gave unselfishly of his time and talents as a member of multiple Organizations and serving on numerous boards. He belonged to NOFF Local 632, Member of Board of Trustees of the Fire Fighters Pension & Relief Fund for the City of New Orleans, Member of New Orleans Fire Fighters District Chief Association, On the Board of Directors for Police & Firemen’s Insurance Association (PFIA), Member of Louisiana Trustee Education Council (LATEC) and Served 6 years in the National Guard. He was “Man of the Year” in 2001 for the Downtown Irish Club.
He had a love for fishing, golf and betting on his beloved Saints and any team playing against the Dallas Cowboys every football Sunday. He will always be remembered for his extensive knowledge of any and everything, a true Wizard. He entertained the lives and hearts of many by supplying them with unlimited, detailed information from important topics like Nuclear Physics to everyday useless facts.
He lived life to the fullest and was loved by so very many! We will miss him but will have many stories to share!
The family would like to thank Danielle & Stephanie of Passages Hospice and Peggy Melancon for all the support and special care they provided.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Alan Melancon’s Life at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Visitation on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Friday, December 6th, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Reception to follow burial in the Boulevard Room at Greenwood Funeral Home.
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