John V. Melican

July 20, 1930September 3, 2018

John Vincent Melican was born July 20, 1930 in New York, NY, and peacefully passed away in Carlsbad, CA, surrounded by family, on September 3, 2018.

The fourth of five children born to Irish immigrants, Frank and Anne Melican, John grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. He attended the seminary at Cathedral College for one year before transferring to Fordham University, where he graduated in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. John served as sergeant in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. In 1956, he began his career in New York with California Texas Oil. He continued to work in various management positions at Sinclair Oil and then at ARCO as his career took him to Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, and Long Beach, CA, until his retirement in 1987.

John married Louise Ryan on May 14, 1960 and they were married 41 years, until her death on February 21, 2002. John and Louise have four children and eight grandchildren.

He was a devout Catholic and lived his faith in a very active but humble manner dedicating his time, skills, and energy to many parishes. His faith was at the core of everything he did and was the bond of his marriage.

John is survived by his sister Anne Lynch, his four children John Melican (Kathy); Terry Melican (Claudine); Kathleen Cummins (Jeff); Patricia McInnis (Terry); his eight grandchildren, Molly, Jack, Ryan, Caroline, Margaret, Kathleen, Annabelle, and Madeline.

He was a very kind and gentle man who was genuine and sincere and treated everyone with respect.

Funeral Mass:

Monday, September 10, 11:00 a.m.

St. John the Evangelist Church

1001 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024

In lieu of flowers please donate in his name to the Hospice of the North Coast,


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Ronald Villa

September 9, 2018

Ever since the first time I met John when he traveled to our house with his daughter Tricia and her husband 'to be', I liked him at first site with that infectious warm smile. Years later, when I got to attend a Family Thanksgiving at Tricia's home, he had that smile - always engaging, bright-eyes, positive and always displaying a heart of gold every time he spoke.

He will always be remembered by me of what a 'classy' guy he was. I found a picture from Thanksgiving in 2010 depicting what an engaging human being he was... especially with his grandchildren.