Melvin M. Feldman
A lifetime member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and veteran of WWII passed away at the age of 85 in Martinsburg, W VA where he was laid to rest after a graveyard service with an honorary contingent provided by the VFW, including the traditional rifle volley and taps. And so Melvin stepped up to the next plateau where he will have much leisure time to hone his bridge game and continue on with his Spanish lessons. Many are the memories of Mel’s professional and private lives. In addition to his active membership in the Montgomery County Bar Association, his practice also extended to the DC and Federal Courts, principally the Superior Court and the U.S. District Court. Due to a substantial hearing loss, incurred while slogging across Hitler’s Germany, an experience, which we can articulate, must have left Mel with a certain well-earned sense of irony.
Following his tour of duty and the war’s end, Mel took his LLB from George Washington School of Law and entered into active practice, a substantial portion of which was dedicated to the representation of indigents. He was a serious student of the law and almost always could be counted on to express an opinion, if sought. Melvin is survived by Denece, his wife of 55 years, his nephew, Robert Levy of Naples, Florida and his niece Elaine, also of Florida and his grandsons, Dillon and Czar in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Predeceasing him were his daughter Elizabeth, his sisters Clara Goldberg and Helen Levy, both of Silver Spring, Maryland.
No greater tribute can be paid than to reflect upon Mel’s unflinching generosity. Absolutely. He gave always, never expecting or demanding anything in return. His kindness did not allow for a negative view of his fellow man. In fact, he and Denece were enjoying retirement at Leisure World, when Mel had taken up serious bridge, when their daughter Elizabeth died in 2004, leaving behind her two children and a husband. Foregoing the pleasure of a well deserved retirement, and despite advancing age, they relocated to Martinsburg to assist their son-in-law with their grandchildren.
St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians concludes with an exhortation to faith hope and charity, the greatest being charity. It cannot be gainsaid that Melvin’s very life was a constant exercise in charity.
And so Melvin M. Feldman, devoted husband, father, grandfather: RIP.