Samuel A. Melnik
Deerfield, MA — Samuel Albert Melnik, age 97, passed away on July 3, 2021. He was the son of Stephen and Anna Melnik, who were both born in Austria and emigrated to America in 1911. He had eight brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded him in passing. He grew up and lived all his life in Deerfield, except for the four years he spent in North Carolina, San Diego, Hawaii and many islands in the Pacific including Japan while serving as a Marine in World War II. After graduating from Deerfield Academy in 1941, he enlisted at the age of 17. He became the Crew Chief of a twin engine, Curtis Commando R5C, in the South Pacific piloted by the movie actor Tyrone Power. He spent many hours in fox holes in Iwo Jima and other Pacific Islands under fire while waiting to pick up and transport wounded Marines back to Hawaii for treatment. After the war, he returned to Deerfield and started his first job as an insurance salesperson. He then joined the U.S. Postal Service, starting out as a clerk, then mail carrier, and then became the long time Postmaster for the Town of Deerfield. He also served many years as the Water Commissioner of Deerfield.
He leaves behind his three sons, Sam Jr. and his partner Connie Sumberg, Michael and his former spouse Wendi, and Richard, his wife Michelle and their daughter Samantha. He also leaves behind his grandchild Charissa Melnik Jameson, her husband Joe and their children and his great-grandchildren Brody and Esme. He was truly a member of what has been called our "Greatest Generation". There are no services planned at his request. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice for their great support and kindness. Arrangements are under the direction of Wrisley Funeral Home of South Deerfield. Expressions of sympathy are available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com
Published by The Recorder on Jul. 8, 2021.