Steve Melamed, owner of Bayside Betsy's in Provincetown, dies at 67

Prominent Provincetown businessman dies after illness

Steve Melamed, a well-known Provincetown businessman, died at his home in town early Monday after a long illness.  He was 67.

Melamed is survived by his wife Betsy, who he co-owned Bayside Betsy's with, a popular waterfront dining establishment in town. He was a prominent force in Provincetown's tourism trade and has served on the town's Visitor Services Board and Economic Development Council and on the Board of the Provincetown Business Guild.

According to Bay Windows' co-publisher Jeff Coakley, "Steve was a great friend to the LGBT community.  He’d frequently joke to me that he was the gayest straight man I would ever meet."

Besides his wife Betsy, Steve leaves two daughters, Lori Melamed of Ipswich and Tracy Baker and her husband Blake of East Longmeadow, MA, his son Bruce Arbit and his partner Marcos Pichardo of New Jersey, his three grandchildren, Max Perault, Kate Baker and Brooke Baker.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010 at the Provincetown United Methodist Church on Shank Painter Road. Burial will follow the service at the town cemetery.

Sources: Bay Windows; Provincetown Banner; Gately McHoul Funeral Home welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on