Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Office: 413-665-4046             Fax: 413-665-0975
Richard Andrew Melnik
No services are planned at this time
Richard Andrew Melnik, 70, passed away unexpectedly on September 1, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, surrounded by family.

He was born December 8, 1950, the son of Samuel A. Melnik and Ethel (Carulli) Melnik. He grew up next door to Bar-Way Farm, where he could recall sneaking off to see the cows as a young boy. He attended Frontier Regional School and went on to serve in the National Guard. He pursued a career as a truck driver, working for companies such as Deerfield Plastics, Pleasant Valley Trucking, LESCO, Brockway-Smith, and many more. Working as a truck driver brought him to many exotic locations across North America. Through his travels he came to know many of his favorite people and places.

He was warm, talkative, down-to-earth, and above all, loyal to his friends and family. Rick was forever an optimist and always tried to look on the bright side. Rick stayed active during retirement, enjoying golf, swimming in his pool, going out to dinner every Friday, and watching football. He was a loyal fan of the New York Jets. He often vacationed with his wife and daughter in Siesta Key and Key West, FL.

Rick leaves his wife of 15 years, Michelle (Maxwell) Melnik; his daughter, Samantha Melnik; his two brothers, Samuel A. Melnik Jr. and Michael A. Melnik, both of Deerfield; his sister-in-law, Wendi Melnik of Deerfield; his niece, Charissa Melnik (Joe Jameson) of South Amherst and their children Brody and Esme Jameson; his father-in-law Joseph Maxwell Sr. of Easthampton, two brothers-in-law, Joseph Maxwell Jr. of Brandon, FL, and Scott Maxwell of Easthampton; a nephew, Ryan Maxwell of Brandon, FL.; and many cousins and friends.

In the spring of 2021, he got his first and only tattoo from Blueprint Gallery in Hadley. Taking inspiration from the George Strait song, it read, "I'm here for a short time / I'm here for a good time", a philosophy held close to his heart. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements were made under the direction of Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield.