Kenneth Charles Melillo, 59, long time resident of West Haven and Hamden passed away with his family in attendance at YNHH on May 31, 2015. Loved by all, Kenny was a dedicated and proud father of his only child and best friend, his son Aaron. His greatest pleasure was their time spent playing and enjoying music together. Kenny's love of music began as a child and spanned the decades. He was a founding member and manager of New Haven based bands: Made in the Shade, Full House, Elm City Blues Project and, most recently, DW Armstrong and the Rent Party Band, winning the CT Blues Society Best Band contest. He was a talent agent for The Savoy Agency as well as a member of the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra. An instructor at The Family Music Center in Hamden, Kenny has guided many young musicians in the art and appreciation of music. Under his direction his students have enjoyed learning guitar, drums, harmonica, saxophone and trumpet. He was the owner of Park Avenue Painting and Restoration and previously the production manager and supervisor for stereo component manufacturers Mark Levinson and Krell. Kenny was born on May 31, 1956 to the late Vito and Mary Melillo. He leaves behind his beloved son, Aaron, former wife, Mary (DeMarsilis), and two sisters, Christine (Melillo) Kelman (Orange CT) and Janine Melillo (Plainview NY). Friends may visit with his family on Friday, June 5th from 5 -8 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden and may attend his Mass on Saturday at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Whitney Ave, Hamden. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ken Melillo Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Family Music Center, 1396 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514.

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  1. To the Family of Kenneth C. Melillo,

    So sorry to learn about the loss of your Dear Loved One, Kenneth. Please know that so many people share your grief with you to help you through this difficult time of sorrow. Please accept my deepest condolences as we await the time when Christ Jesus will awaken all of those who have fallen asleep in death; including your Beloved, Kenny. (John 11:41-44)

  2. Christine, Janine & Aaron,

    Sending our condolences to all of you, for the passing of Ken. Praying for all of you at this time. All our love, Doug & Diana Ouellette

  3. Cousins Christine & Janine, & Aaron,

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of cousin Kenny. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all……..Patti & Rich Sperandeo (Aunt Mary’s daughter)

  4. Dearest Christine, Janine & Aaron,

    May God Bless all of you during this time of sadness. Ken was a wonderful nephew and I know he’s now at peace. My love & prayers are with all of you during this difficult time……Aunt Mary Ouellette

  5. Im so sorry to hear of Ken’s death. He was such a cute little boy with dark eyes that always seemed to be laughing and ready to get into mischief with my brother. I have great memories of living in West Haven and all the Melillos are right in the middle of them. I’m friends with Gloria Anderson on FB and she posted the news about Ken. Again, my deepest sympathy.

  6. Rest in peace Ken. It’s still such a shock. I’m praying that your family will somehow find peace. I’ll see you when……<3

  7. .I went to High School with Kenny. A group of us hung out for a couple of years and had so much fun, playing music, going to see music and a bit of mischief. I had the pleasure of meeting up with him again some years ago at my cousins wedding and he was still as passionate about music and also as always a really nice and kind and loving person. Even though I haven’t been around Kenny a lot in our adult life, I already miss that he is not here. He was very special and life was better with him in it. I know all Kenny’s family and loved ones miss him even more than I can imagine and I am deeply sorry for your loss. I send my love and deep care to all of Kenny’s family, his loved ones…

  8. Kenny was one of my Scouts in Troop 14 when he was younger. We met at the Allingtown firehouse. Ken was very active and a good Scout & leader. We lost track of each other after his family moved and it was only today I learned of his passing.

    Ed Quirk West Haven

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