Cedric Melkonian passed away on Thanksgiving morning at the age of 78. He was born in Brooklyn in 1933, married in 1957 and served 2 years in the United States Army. He and his wife moved to Garden City in 1965 and enjoyed 55 years of marriage. He was an agent and general agent for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Ced was a member of the society of Chartered Life Underwriters. He was a member of the Jaycees and the Kiwanis and served as liaison officer to the Key Club of Garden City High School. His other activities included Little League coach and involvement in the Community Fund. He was president of the Long Island chapter of the Leukemia Society of America. While serving in that capacity, he founded the Garden City Turkey Trot held annually on Thanksgiving morning. In addition, he was the founder of the Emergency Food Drive designed to assist needy families in Nassau County. Ced was an active member of the Garden City Community Church where he held several positions on various boards and committees. He was awarded Garden City Man of the Year in 1979 in recognition of his outstanding civic and charitable service to the community. After the earthquake in Armenia in 1989, Ced and his friend George Bashian spent a month in Armenia rebuilding the ruined villages. Through the Garden City Community Church, he organized and arranged for the transportation of family members of women incarcerated at Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility to facilitate visitation time.
Cedric is survived by his wife, Alice, their children, Michael, Kenneth and Karin, their spouses, Caroline, Lucinda and Russell and 6 grandchildren, Amanda, Rebecca, Olivia, James, Max and Thomas. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 1 at 11am at the Garden City Community Church.