Tobee S. McMellon, 81

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 9:15pm

Tobee S. McMellon passed away quietly in her sleep on November 8, 2021 at the age of 81 after battling Parkinson’s disease for 20 years. Tobee was born on July 6, 1940, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
After her graduation from the University of Bridgeport in 1963 with a BBA she followed her dream of living and working as a commercial artist in New York City. She married her childhood sweetheart Charles (Chuck) McMellon in 1964. While working in NYC, she received two master’s degrees, one in art history from Hunter College and one in children’s art therapy from Brooklyn College. Along the way, she raised twin boys and became a teacher in the Brooklyn school where her children
and grandchildren attended.
Her connection to Block Island began when she and her husband sailed into Great Salt Pond in 1969, which they did almost every year thereafter. They eventually bought land, built a house in the 1980s, and began a lifelong love for Block Island. Tobee worked as a photographer for The Block Island Times for many years, and her photos were classic and artful. She also volunteered for the Historical Society, running the annual house tour for twelve years and becoming a board member emerita.
Tobee Susan McMellon was a good woman who lived a good life. She was smart, funny, and had a strong rebellious streak in her. She supported her husband in any crazy idea he thought up, including quitting jobs and sailing to the Caribbean for nine months or going on a surprise weekend in Paris, staying at the same cheap hotel where they had spent their honeymoon 25 years earlier. She once told her husband Chuck “I’ll work, you finish your schooling.”
In addition to her husband of 59 years, she is survived by her twin sons, Charles McMellon Jr. and his wife Phoebe, and Edward McMellon and his partner Anllel; one brother, Michael Deixler and his wife Bronner; five grandchildren, Kayla, Aidan, Kiera, Aaron, and Liam; niece Heather and nephew Josh. Please honor her memory
by giving to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.