In Loving Memory of Mel Gancsos

June 01, 1939
Bridgeport, CT
March 22, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Visitation

Thursday 4-7 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

March 28, 2019

Service

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

Visitation

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

Thursday, March 28, 2019 4-7 p.m.

Cemetery

Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

No date included.

Family Gathering

Charity



Melvyn (Mel) L. Gancsos

Melvyn Louis (Mel) Gancsos, age 79, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Anne Snopkowski Gancsos, passed away peacefully Friday, March 22, 2019 at Yale-New Haven Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Bridgeport on June 1, 1939, the son of the late Frank and Malvina (Tenay) Gancsos, he had been a Fairfield resident for most of his life. A graduate of Andrew Warde High School, Mel worked as a tool & die maker for his father’s business, Park City Manufacturing, an inspector at Avco Lycoming and retired from Sikorsky Aircraft in 2007. His side business, Mel’s Hellish Relish, grew out of his love of food and abilities as a cook, and took him all over the country to fairs and trade shows. His products won numerous awards, including national Scovie Awards between 2003-2010. Mel was a loving and devoted family man to Anne, his wife of 46 years, children and grandchildren. Well known for his personable character, he was a loyal friend to many from his hometown, his hobbies, motorcycle days, and work. To Mel, weekends were strictly for fun and he often enjoyed boating, Sea-Doos, fishing and hunting and always looked forward to family vacations. He loved animals and had a black Labrador Retriever by his side through much of his life. Mel had a strong competitive side. He loved motorsports including cars and motorcycles. He was involved in motocross racing, first as a participant and then as a lifelong fan and supporter. Sponsored by BSA and wearing #58 in the 500cc class, he earned the New England Sports Committee #1 plate in 1965 and 1966. His #58 was later retired, and after several decades, Mel presented #58 to an up-and-coming rider. He sponsored and mentored his daughter, Sharie, a motocross rider in the 1970s. Mel had many classic cars including a 1934 Ford and 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible, and street bikes including a Vincent Black Shadow and BSA Gold Star. He was a lifelong member of Milford Riders. Many will remember his black-frame glasses, distinctive smile, boundless humor and practical jokes. Survivors in addition to his loving wife Anne include three children; Laurie Richardson and her husband, John of Redding, Sharie Bruno of Wautoma, WI and Mark Gancsos and his wife, Alice of Hamden; a brother, Frank Arpad Sunn of Waterford; a sister, Andrea DePaulis and her husband, Larry of Easton; four grandchildren, Julie and Jack Richardson, Melissa Bruno and Rosie Gancsos; several nieces and nephews; an aunt, Jennie Hunter of Pensacola, FL; and several cousins. Mel, you will always be our champion! Friends may greet the family Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit www.SpearFuneralHome.com.

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7 Guestbook Entries for Melvyn (Mel) Gancsos

  1. To Ann & Family, Just heard of Mel’s passing. Joyce and I send our deepest sympathy’s and prayers to you all. May God rest his soul in Heaven!

    Love Bob & Joyce

  2. Mel was our best friend as he was to so many others. My life was so fulfilled when I wrenched his motorcycle while he road for BSA and other motorcycle brands in the 1960’s. Mel was the master of his chosen sport of racing motorcycles. One fond memory of Mel was when we stood side by side in the wee hours of the morning repossessing a motorcycle for Schuster Cycle Sales with the police standing by. Police being in the forefront, Mel said to me afterwards, “my heart is pounding so bad I thought the cops could surely hear it”. We didn’t have “repo papers “…Mel and I managed to get out of that situation as we did in so many others. Being on TEAM MEL made for a love and friendship that will never end. Myself and Gretchen, as well as the entire Mitchell family, bestow our heartfelt blessings upon the Ganscos family.

  3. Mel.
    Gonna miss your smile and you were just so cool to hang out with. I could listen you your old racing stories for ever. What great day we all had at Unadilla. Love you Mel. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Til we meet agian.

  4. Mel was always very sweet to our family. Every time we visited Mark, Alice and Rosie, he would have a great story to tell and a warm personality. He will ne greatly missed

  5. My sincere condolences to all of Mel’s family.
    My dad, Joe Mathew, spent many hours doing engine work for Mel. Dad’s favorite was that beautiful blue 57 Chevy that Mel would run at Dover Drag Strip. My mom and dad would go to the drag strip to cheer him on.
    Noreen Ahern
    The Villages FL

  6. My sincere condolences to all of Mel’s family.
    My dad, Joe Mathew, spent many hours doing engine work for Mel in the 60’s. Dad’s favorite was that beautiful blue 57 Chevy that Mel would run at Dover Drag Strip. My mom and dad would go to the drag strip to cheer him on.
    Noreen Ahern
    The Villages FL