FORDS, N.J. — Richard P. Melvin Sr., of Fords, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.. He was 77. Born in Avoca, he lived in the Hopelawn section of Woodbridge, before moving to Fords 32 years ago.
He worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) in Edison for more than 30 years before retiring in 1996. He was a volunteer fireman with the Hopelawn Fire Department and a Boy Scout leader. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1954 to 1963.
He's preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Marie.
Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bernice (Kotula); his son and daughter-in-law, Richard P. Melvin Jr. and Kristina, Milltown; his son, Eugene P. Melvin, Fords; and his grandchildren, Ricky, Clara, Alice and Bill Melvin; Hayley and Gabrielle Markowski; Vinnie and Becky Baker, and Gary and Teddy Howard.
A cherished moment was when he participated in a scientific experiment with his son, Ricky; nephew, Eddie; and grandchildren and family; Ein & Stein will live on forever. A special thank-you to those who have always been a heartbeat away with help throughout his illness and life.
A gathering for friends and relatives will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170 N. Main St. at Riva Ave., Milltown. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, 233 N. Main St., Milltown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Autism NJ on its website at www.autismnj.org or
on its website at www.lung.org.
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