Gainesville - Bernard A. Mellman, 88, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the VA Hospital's Community Living Center. He was born on September 12, 1924 in Columbus, OH, the son of Rachel and Isaac Mellman. He is predeceased by two sisters, Rosalie Stone and Kathleen Jacobson.

Bernie was a World War II veteran and a member of the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division, 542nd Field Artillery, which fought at the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate Dachau C.C. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1948 and headed his own C.P.A. firm in Dayton, OH for 40 years.

He was president of the Public Accountants Society of Ohio and was also appointed by the governor to become a member of the Accountancy Board of Ohio. He was president of the Riverdale Optimist Club of Dayton, OH.

When Bernie and his wife, Beverly, moved to Gainesville, FL in 2000, he became a volunteer for S.C.O.R.E. As a liberator, Bernie was asked to speak to the classes held for teachers of the Holocaust at the University of Florida for many years and was proud and humbled to share his experiences.

Bernie was an athletic man, enjoying softball, bowling, handball and golf, as well as gym activities. He was a Buckeye and a Gator fan. Bernie met his wife at an O.S.U. open house, asked her to "jitterbug" and they enjoyed dancing for the rest of their 62 years of marriage. He was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Kutash Mellman, and four children, Leslie Hellstrom (Josh); Dr. Mark Mellman (Cindy) of Tampa; Susan Blasberg-Susi (Benny); and Karen Mellman-Smith (Peter) of Chicago. His eleven grandchildren are: Alexa, Mackenzie and Carly Hellstrom; Shai, Tova, Ami and Ellie Blasberg; Aaron and Alissa Mellman; and Benjamin and Danielle Smith.

Graveside Services will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at B'nai Israel Cemetery, with Rabbi David Kaiman officiating. Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the , or to Congregation B'nai Israel, or to the Jewish War Veterans, in his memory.




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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2013