Melvin Rowe

November 30, 1929March 25, 2013
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Mr. Melvin E. Rowe, age 83, lifelong resident of Lynn, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley Constance (White) Rowe with whom he happily shared 28 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn, Melvin was the son of the late Harry C. and Eleanor A. (England) Rowe. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict in which he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Star. Upon his honorable discharge, Melvin returned to Lynn and worked as a Custodian in the Lynn School Department for over 30 years, retiring in 1991. After retirement, Melvin worked as a crossing guard for 14 years at the intersection of Chatham St. and Clarendon Ave. Melvin enjoyed working with his hands, carpentry and building model airplanes and ships. In addition, he was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Above all else, his main priority and source of enjoyment was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children, Mark Rowe and wife Kimberley of Tewksbury, Michelle Traversy and husband Kevin of Lynn, Kimberley Brewster and husband Scott of Lynn and Christina Bourgault and husband Richard of Amesbury. Also survived by grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Amber and Victoria. Several nieces and nephews. Melvin was the brother of Virginia Tetro of Merrimack, NH, and the late Robert Rowe.

Mr. Rowe’s visiting hours will be held in the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn on Thursday from 4-8PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM followed by Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.


  • Prayer Service Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Visiting Hours Thursday, March 28, 2013

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March 30, 2013

Tina, although we did not know your dad, we are so sorry for your loss. From what we've read, it sounds like he was a wonderful man who loved his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always, Love, Suzanne and Bill Marino

Mike & Wendy Madden

March 29, 2013

Missy and Kim, Sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I will remember him fondly. He was such a kind man. Our prays are with you and your family.

Denise & Don Fuller

March 29, 2013

Missy, Kim and Mark,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. We are so sorry for your loss.

March 28, 2013

Kim & Missy..we are both so sorry for your loss. Mel was a very kind and lovely man. our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family...Steve and Joyce Brewster

Sarah & Jim Kalemkeridis

March 28, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to your family Mark. So sorry for your loss.

Joseph Haskell

March 27, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to your family. Our prayers are with you. Joseph Haskell and family.

Paula Brewster

March 27, 2013

Oh guys, so so very sorry. He was such a kind hearted man. I am sure will be missed by anyone who knew him.
Much love

Russ an Kristin Chassé

March 27, 2013

Sorry for your loss,our prays are with you an your family.

Jane Chaplain

March 26, 2013

Kim, Missy, & Mark

We are so sorry for your loss. It was a real pleasure knowing your father. I enjoyed having breakfast with him. He was a real gentleman,and i will miss him very much. He was an awesome friend.

March 26, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to your family,
Mel worked with my dad Bill Cleary at O'keefe School for many years. My dad and Mel were a real team and took such great pride in THEIR building and THEIR kids. He was a true gentleman and a real gem. He will be greatly missed by many.
Gene and Shirley Gallo