Westernville – Charles Joseph "CJ" Melnick, Jr., 24, or Westernville went on to shine brightly in the sky over us on Friday, December 6, 2013, following a fatal automobile accident.
Born in Charleston, SC on September 10, 1989 with a twinkle in his eye, a skip in his step, and a look of mischief, we knew from the beginning we were in for something special. CJ was a 2007 graduate of Holland Patent HS. He worked many jobs after graduation, trying to find his niche in life. There wasn't anything he couldn't do or figure out how to do.
CJ had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest. He could walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with a bunch of new friends. He had the ability to brighten the lives of everyone he met wherever he went. With his banty humor and whimsical personality he was always the center of attention. There is not a person who knew CJ that can't recall some special memory of him. You can definitely say there was never a dull moment with CJ around. You never knew what you were getting, but you knew you would be entertained.
CJ loved hunting, fishing his dirt bikes and 4-wheeling. If there was something to do outside, he was the first one in line. There was a standing joke around the house that CJ should have been a salesman because he could sell ice cubes to an Eskimo during a hailstorm. CJ was a character with a lot of charm and charisma.
CJ's passing has left a hole in our hearts that will never heal. We are offered some consolation in knowing his legacy will live on with the birth of his daughter in January.
CJ leaves behind his fiancé, Whitney Bourgeois, of Boonville; parents Charles and Charlene Melnick of Westernville; a sister, Samantha Melnick of Westernville; his most loved great aunt Marie Melnick of Utica; grandparents Charles and Teresita Melnick of Floyd and George and Corrine Fanelli of Utica; aunts and uncles Frank and Kay Olcott, Steve and Kimmie Wojdyla, Teresa Melnick and Anthony LaBarbera; cousins Sandi, Ashlynn, Christopher, Meghan and Matthew; very special friends and neighbors the Prossers and the Evans'; and many, many, many close friends, especially Steve-O, Corey and Josh.
CJ has gone on to heaven to join his two dear friends, David Prosser and Peter Prosser, his much loved grandfather Raymond K. Olcott and very cherished aunt Wendy Lynn Melnick.
A very heartfelt thank you to all the first call responders and emergency personnel.
Prayers will be offered at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Whitesboro on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 at St. Mark's Church, 440 Keyes Road, Utica. Interment will be in Floyd Cemetery. Calling hours Monday are 2-4 and 6-9 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution in CJ's memory to a trust fund to be established for his daughter's education. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.