Rev. Dr. Steven E.G. Melamed

February 13, 1942April 6, 2021

Rev. Dr. Steven Elliott Gelser Melamed, Sr. “Mr. Steve”, 79, Pastor and Professor of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Tallahassee, FL after a lengthy decline.

Steve was born in the Bronx, New York at Royal Hospital on February 13, 1942. Steve attended State University of New York as an undergraduate. He received his Masters in English from New York University and then became ordained as a Presbyterian minister after receiving his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. Steve served as a Minister for nine years in Watervliet, NY at the First Presbyterian Church, and then seven years at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono, Maine. In 1990, Steve decided to pursue a Doctorate of Humanities at Florida State University and he became a professor of humanities for the remainder of his professional career here in town.

Steve enjoyed walking, sailing, golfing, skiing, and the lifelong pursuit of learning languages (French, German, and Greek). He loved to travel and learn about cultures from around the globe, visiting Europe, Egypt, Japan, Russia, Greece, and other far flung locals. He was an accomplished amateur pianist and had a passion for classical music.

Steve is survived by his wife Antonia of nearly 50 years; his children, Steven, Jr. and Alex; grandchild, Asher; and sister, Evelyn Melamed. They will miss him dearly.

The Funeral Service date is yet to be determined but will be at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home in mid-May.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Rev. Dr. Steven E.G. Melamed

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Sara Anne Gelser

April 14, 2021

I am so sad to learn of Steve's passing. I have so many warm memories of him that they are impossible to count. His good humor, stories, love for his children and Aunt Toni, the sparkle in his eye, his generosity, his commitment to the services of others and his passion for learning are all things I admired about him. I remember him making my children laugh relentlessly at Erica and Steve (Mahoney)'s wedding. And I can still hear Steve, sitting at Gra Gra's table in Rochester alerting us that Sam (then a toddler) was falling asleep and about to take a face plant during dinner by exclaiming: "Sam is listing to port!" He had a great way of using words to make every occurrence and event more interesting.

My deepest sympathies to Aunt Toni, Alex and Allison, Steve, Marisa and Asher and to all who had the pleasure of knowing, loving and admiring this remarkable human. I'm sending all my love.

Cathleen Bauschatz

April 10, 2021

So sorry to learn about Steve. He and Toni were great neighbors here in Orono, and good to our son James. He was a faithful attendee at the French Table at UMaine, Orono. Our birth dates were five days apart, so I always knew how old he was. Sincere condolences to Toni and the "boys."