Melodie  Daboll

Obituary of Melodie Daboll

DABOLL - Melodie (nee Joelson)

 Passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Hamiton General Hospital on Friday, March 25, 2022, in her 83rd year. Melodie is predeceased by Marvin (2018), her husband of 56 years. She is survived by her children Julian (Lara), Mark, and Hilary (Craig Johnson), Cathy Pujol (Yanick Plamondon), and Anita Menon. Loving and proud grandmother to Spenser, Mel, Léa, Kristopher, and Sera.


Melodie loved travel, and she and Marvin enjoyed many adventures together. As a coordinator for a student exchange program, she placed and hosted exchange students from different countries, many of whom became lifelong friends. She loved reading, and that love inspired her to become an English teacher, and later to open the Brantford Bookworm. She was a devoted member of University Women’s Club and the BCI Alumni Association. Melodie adored music and played piano beautifully; she was accompanist for the BCI Glee Club during her high school years. She took enormous joy and pride in her children and grandchildren’s musical accomplishments and was a familiar face at the Kiwanis Music Festival. After Marvin’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease in 1996, Melodie slowed some of her other activities to devote more time to caring for him. Although mobility became an issue after Marvin’s death in 2018, Melodie kept busy with bridge, reading, University Women’s Club, her family, and her church.


Melodie was a firm believer in service to community through her work as a school board trustee, Trillium Board member, the Brantford Library Board, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, Animal Aid, as well as her dedication to the work of St. Andrew’s United Church. Her lifelong volunteerism remains a legacy and inspiration.


Family and friends are invited to a memorial visitation at the McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road North, Brantford on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 95 Darling Street, Brantford on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. For those unable to attend, the Memorial Service will be on Facebook Live on the St. Andrew’s Facebook page. Masking encouraged at visitation and service. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Andrew’s United Church or Soup for the Soul would be gratefully appreciated. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at (

         McCleister 519) 758-1553.