Craig Anthony Melby


Last updated 5/6/2019 at 3:33pm

Craig Anthony Melby passed away April 30, 2019.

He was born in Providence, R.I., Nov. 24, 1955, and moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., shortly thereafter. He graduated from Lakewood High School and then went on to the University of Florida, where he graduated with a B.A. in business in 1978.

His father, Dr. Robert Melby, preceded him in death this past January.

He is survived by his mother, Charlotte Melby; his wife, Nicola Trevethan Boone Melby; daughters, Leah Melby Clinton (spouse, Doug), Tara Melby Waglow (spouse, Sean) and Victoria Leta Melby; along with two godchildren, Yaaqoa A. Ivey and Makiyah L. Duckett; his siblings, Rob Melby (spouse Jane): and his surviving children, Rob and Samantha, Linda Melby Nease and her children, Hannah and Hogan and Carolyn Melby Holman (spouse Scott) and her children, Wright, Charlotte and Mary Scott.

Since graduating from U.F., he spent his professional life licensed in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, specializing in commercial real estate and leasing in particular. He earned both the CCIM and SIOR designations over the course of his lengthy career and authored “Leasing Smart” and “Site Rite,” the former being used by the University of Florida in their masters of real estate program.

Over the past decade, he enjoyed a bi-state lifestyle, living both in Stuart, Fla. and in Brevard. He loved his life in both states, but at heart was a mountain man. He was happiest walking from his downtown Brevard home to hang out at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings, or tinkering and creating at the environmentally sensitive MelbyMonte lodge that he designed and had built on property that abuts the Nantahala National Forest in Highlands.

He built the lodge with an intention of creating a space for families and friends to hike, play games and share meals around the large kitchen and dining area, which comfortably seats 20-plus people. He later cleared some land and built a large campfire area that was christened early on with a roaring blaze built by the Page Family to start what would become a tradition to end a good evening with wine and stories out by the campfire.

He loved reading the notes left behind by lodge guests sharing the stories of their stay. It was for him an affirmation of a dream fulfilled and a job well done. Over the years, he regularly donated use of the lodge for charitable fundraising events, providing revenue for organizations and causes he believed in through the use of the property he loved.

He died after an epic one-year battle with Non Hodgkins lymphoma that left him paralyzed from the waist down and in considerable pain and discomfort. Although the cancer devastated his body, it failed to douse his greatest gifts, his ability to listen, his ability to love, and his optimism and joy for a better day and better way. To the very end, he searched for ways he could contribute and improve life’s circumstances.

All who knew and loved him will sorely miss his presence.

A funeral service officiated by Rev. Jude Campbell was held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Unity of Stuart, located at 211 SE Central Parkway, in Stuart, Fla., at 12 p.m. Family, friends and colleagues celebrated Craig’s life at Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club, located at 4725 SE Capstan Ave., in Stuart, Fla., from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Those who wish to honor his memory with a gift are encouraged to help clean up the Treasure Coast waterways with a gift to Rivers Coalition, P.O. Box 2627, Stuart, FL 34995 and/or keep our national forests healthy and clean with a gift to Pisgah Group Sierra Club, c/o Amye McCallie, Treasurer, P.O. Box 715, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718.


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