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Melvin Friedman

February 5, 1929 - October 1, 2018

Melvin Friedman passed away surrounded by family October 1, 2018. He was born to February 5, 1929 in Columbus, MS to David and Zella Friedman. Growing up, he was an Eagle Scout and after high school, he attended Vanderbilt University where he joined NROTC. He later received his law degree from Univ. of VA where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. He attended Officers’ School and J.A.G., eventually working at the Pentagon, retiring from the Navy as a Lt. Commander. He settled in Norfolk where he practiced law for over 60 years. Initially a member of Temple Israel, he also joined other synagogues in keeping with his egalitarian nature. He was also a past president of B’nai B’rith. Melvin was known as a kind and gentle soul with a good nature and sense of humor. He was generous with his time, acting as a Patient Advocate at Sentara Leigh and as an advisor to people with personal and legal matters. He also mentored many men that looked to him as a second father. He enjoyed music, bird watching, decoupage, reading and creating Jewish Holiday Cards which he drew in pen and ink. He took great joy and pride with his wife, kids and grandchildren. Other than his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Lynette. He is survived by his wife Phyllis and his sons Jonathan, Steven, Alan (Julia) and Erin (Laura); his granddaughters Ariana, Ava, Lillian and Caroline and his nephews, Rabbi Josh and David. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby St. in Norfolk. The family would like to thank Catherine Martin-Speight, Violet Lapompe and his many doctors, including Tom Whelan for his unwavering support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences can be left for the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

Location:

Forest Lawn Cemetery

8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

Graveside Service


Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

Location:

Forest Lawn Cemetery

8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

Graveside Service


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