May 31, 1956 ~ May 31, 2015
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.