Brendan Edward Melanson, 38, of Riverside and Chicago, died Aug. 31, 2012, surrounded by family and his dear friend, Kalina.

Mr. Melanson attended Fenwick High School and Indiana University. His passion was being part of the Steep Theater Company in Chicago, and his sense of humor will be missed by his family and friends.

He was the son of Richard and Nancy (nee Reinhard) Melanson; the brother of Kristin (James) Burns; the uncle of Liam, Unna and Cecilee Burns; and the friend of many.

A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St., Riverside. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Riverside.

Memorial donations in his memory are appreciated to Steep Theater Company, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60640 or Horizon Hospice, 835 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago Ill. 60642.