Ashton Funeral Home


William E. Melin

February 11, 2017

William E. Melin

William E. Melin, Professor Emeritus of Music at Lafayette College, was given eternal peace in the arms of God on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

He is survived by members of his family, including Virginia Melin, his wife of 54 years, his 2 sons: William Melin and his wife Susan, Michael Melin and his wife Kimberly and their 2 children: Kenneth and Charles.

A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Colton Chapel on the Lafayette College campus.

Memorial contributions, in his name, may be made to an animal shelter.  Offer online condolences at

17 condolences. Notify me of additional condolences.

  1. Jack Furlong

    February 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    My sincere condolences to Ginny and the entire family. Bill was my first advisor and a valued colleague and friend. God’s speed.

  2. Ed Kerns

    February 17, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Bill was a good colleague and helped me a lot when I first arrived at Lafayette. Please accept my condolences.

  3. Stan Smith

    February 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I was very sorry to hear the news about Bill. I feel very fortunate that I was able to spend several days will him at a reunion of college friends in September. Thinking of Ginny and family.

  4. Nancy Bodenstein

    February 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Sincere condolences to Ginny and the entire family. I, too, was able to enjoy his company at the recent reunion and remember many experiences when we were at Lawrence.

  5. Carolynn (Lynn) Van Dyke

    February 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I was very surprised and sorry to learn of Bill’s death. He was dedicated to his students and to Lafayette College, continuing to serve after he retired. He will be missed.

  6. sherwood (woody) kneebone

    February 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    bill and i were involved in chansonette theatre in easton i remember bill and i tearing out the orchestra pit at the state theatre in easton getting the stage ready for babes in toyland he was always a good friend and very helpful with his musical talent

  7. Lucille and John Kincaid

    February 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    We extend our sincere condolences to Ginny and her family. We remember fondly Bill’s warm spirit and his many contributions to Easton community theater, especially Chansonette.

  8. Christine Gramlich

    February 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    My deepest condolences on your loss. I went to high school with Mike and was back in Easton visiting my parents when I saw the obituary. Wishing you peace and comfort at this time.

  9. John C. Sutton

    February 19, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    In the late 80’s I played with and under Bill in several pit orchestras, the Lafayette Jazz Band, and Orchestra. He was very kind and always a gentleman. He had a great sense of humor and proper perspective. Before a joint concert with another college’s orchestra, he spoke of how in sports there is always a winner and loser, but in music if we all play together, we all win. I think of that often. I will miss him.

  10. William L. Keough

    February 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Such a wonderful teacher and mentor both in music and many other disciplines. My condolences to Mrs Melin and your family. Bill Keough Lafayette Class of 90

  11. Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger

    February 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Dear Ginny, My most sincere condolences. Bill was a great colleague and helped me many times with his advice in my early years at Lafayette. Margarete

  12. Nancy Waters

    February 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Dear Ginny and family, My heart goes out to you on Bill’s loss. It was such a surprise and a shock, I cannot imagine how hard it must be for you all. Bill was a delightful colleague, dedicated teacher and talented musician. From my earliest forays into music and theatre at Lafayette nearly 3 decades ago, Bill was always supportive and encouraging. That, his quirky sense of humor, and a shared love of cats made him a grand pal. He will be sorely missed. I hope you will find comfort in the care and support of family and friends. With deep condolences, Nancy McCreary Waters

  13. Ida Sinkevic

    February 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Dear Ginny,
    I was very surprised and saddened to learn about Bill’s death. I’ll miss seeing him and chatting with him in the office. His friendliness, his great sense of humor , and his collegiality will always be remembered.
    My deepest condolences to you and the entire family,

  14. Guy Hovis

    February 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Bill was a dedicated faculty member at Lafayette. He was very kind to our family when our younger daughter was considering a music major in college. She did indeed follow through with “the music plan” at Swarthmore College. Since then, she taught music in a Brooklyn school for a decade, and now is doing the same in Brattleboro, VT. We all greatly appreciate Bill’s help. – Guy and Joyce Hovis, and our daughter Julie

  15. Jeannie Galick

    February 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I was so shocked to learn of Bill’s passing. I’ve known you both for so many years. How do you say this … he wasn’t supposed to go so soon. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time and adjustment in your life.

  16. Rebecca Tuszynski

    March 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Ginny, I just learned of Bill’s passing and I am so very, very sorry. He was an excellent musician and teacher, but even more important, decent and kind. He represented the best Lafayette had to offer during my time there in the 70s.

    My sincere condolences to you and the entire family – Becky (Spotts) Tuszynski

  17. Becky Schein Shermer

    May 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    My deepest condolences to Bill’s family. He was a wonderful teacher and friend.