Stephen J. Messelt, 82, died on May 23, 2015 at the Mystic Health and Rehabilitation Center in Mystic, Conn., after a brief, but courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born on June 27, 1933 in New York City, son of the late Edna Projohn Messelt and Carl Ingmar Messelt.
He grew up in Wilton, attending Wilton public schools. In his youth he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout. He served in the Armed Forces during the Korean War and upon discharge began a 30-year career in engineering with the Perkin- Elmer Corporation in Norwalk where he held a top-secret security clearance. During his time at Perkin-Elmer, he developed a fire detection apparatus, and an object position predictor for which he holds several patents.
After retiring from Perkin -Elmer, he partnered with his wife in Essex Advertising Group, winning many awards for his innovative approaches and graphic design. After the death of his wife, he moved to Mystic, where he began another business venture, PhotoMyst, LLC, a photography and graphic design company, which showcased his photographic expertise.
Messelt leaves a sister, Sonja Ziluca, of Wilton, nephew Christopher Ziluca and niece Deanna Dominguez. His wife Melanie, of 26 years, predeceased him. He also leaves many friends in the Coast Guard Auxillary and at St. Patrick parish, Mystic, where he was a regular communicant.
“Steve loved the sea, was an avid sailor and enjoyed racing his boat Silent Running, winning many awards with his crew,” his family said. He was a member of the Cedar Point Yacht Club and the Essex Yacht Club. He also volunteered hundreds of hours with the Coast Guard Auxillary, where he served as Vice Flotilla Commander, Operations Officer and held the rank of coxswain. His trawler Myst was used as a Coast Guard Facility. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Wilton Volunteer Fire Department, the Wilton Civil Defense Unit and held a private pilot’s license.
Services will be held in Mystic on June 5. Donations in Messelt’s memory may be made to St. Patrick Church, 32 East Main Street, Mystic, CT. The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl Street, Mystic, is assisting the family with arrangements.