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November 17, 2018

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December 31, 2017
I have fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Bleich and the Crary's hanging! So sorry, you were fortunate to have your father until nearly 97 years. I send you healing prayers.
December 30, 2017
Although Bob was a grade ahead of me and Tom a grade behind me, I spent plenty of time in the Bleich home with my brother, John, who was classmates and best friends with Tom. Mel and Joan were always the consummate hosts who respectfully and enthusiastically engaged kids of my generation like we actually had intelligence and legitimate perspectives on current events. It was always fun to visit the Bleich house. I really loved the room wall papered with National Geographic maps! Mel left the world better place because of his humanity and editorial contributions to our higher consciousness. Rest in peace, Mel. Job well done!
December 29, 2017
Tom and the Bleich family:
Please accept my condolences on Mr. Mel's passing. At almost 97, he had a great run. I was proud to get the chance to meet him when he came through Texas several years back. We all owe Melvin Bleich a debt of gratitude; first, for his service to his country as an infantryman in the Normandy Invasion who almost lost his legs after stepping on a landmine months later. He overcame painful surgeries and rehab and learned to walk again.

We also owe him a debt for his work as a journalist, editor and publisher of the Romeo Observer. Mr. Mel served a vital role conveying local news, engendering community spirit in Romeo, and protecting and defending the First Amendment as a truth-teller.

I am most grateful to Mel Bleich and his wife Joan for bringing their son Tom into the world. Tom learned journalism and photography at a young age at the Observer, and he has been an enthusiastic mentor, colleague and friend to me in two jobs; an early television news gig and years later, as video production crewmates with Texas WIC TV for more than a decade. I know Tom learned his natural curiosity, his honesty, and how to be a great friend from his mom and dad; at home and on the job at the Romeo Observer. All the folks who've worked with Tom over the years have been beneficiaries of the Bleichs' love and good parenting of him. Tom is perhaps the most optimistic person I've met. He engenders positivity among all his team members, so everybody brings their A game. He can coach skills without being condescending. I know Mr. Mel was made of similar stock, so I give him a lot of credit for his son's actions and demeanor. Mel Bleich and the town of Romeo, Michigan can take great pride in Tom, not only for his video storytelling skill, but also as one of the top panoramic photographers in the world.

The world is a poorer place without Melvin Bleich in it. As a member of the Greatest Generation and as a small-town newspaperman, Mr. Mel was part of two dying breeds that both made our country a beacon of freedom. We shall not see his like again. Please accept my prayers for healing and the peace that passeth all understanding in the days and months to come.

Rich Tharp
Austin, Texas
December 29, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, on this life changing event. We will miss his logic and kindness. Love you all