OBITUARY

Melvin E Brez

19 September, 193618 November, 2020

Melvin Edwin Brez passed away on November 18, 2020 at the age of 84 from complications of Parkinsons Disease. He was the beloved husband of Eddy, the loving father of Alexandra Brez and Zachary Brez, the dear father-in-law of Matthew Wickware and Jen Kangas, and the adoring Pops of Evan and Scarlett Brez, and William Wickware. He was predeceased by his parents, Sidney and Anna Brez, and his brother Norman Brez.

Mel was a graduate of Bryant High School and Queens College, and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Paris, to study film. His award-winning films included The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. He received a Daytime Emmy, and numerous Writers' Guild Awards for his work on Soap Operas. Mel was a photography collector, a subscriber to the N.Y. Philharmonic, and a jazz buff. He had a head-thrown-back laugh that drew others to laugh with him. He always asked the tough questions. His attitude toward authority figures led him at times 00to take brazen actions. For instance, one cold rainy day when he was in the Army, Mel bet his barracks buddies that he would be sent to the infirmary, even though the doctor never sent anyone to the infirmary. Sure enough, as Mel waited in line, he heard the Doc tell every soldier ahead of him to take two aspirin and return to his unit, no matter what the ailment. Then it was Mel's turn. "What's up, soldier?" the Doc asked. Mel said, "I just had a heart attack." Confounded, the Doc said, "How do you know?" And Mel said, "Believe me, when you have a heart attack, you know." Mel got to spend the day in the warm infirmary while the Doc ran tests -- and he collected twenty bucks from his barracks mates. Then there was the time when he won the Army typing contest even though he was up against typing whizzes and he could only peck with two fingers . . .

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Sybil Schacht

28 November 2020

A dear, dear friend for almost 60 years. Among kind men, the kindest. Unexpectedly zany with tales to tell of daring and hilarious exploits. He tolerated his affliction with admirable calm.
He was part of the very fabric of our lives. Profoundly missed.
To Eddy, Alexandra, Zach.. and all other family and friends...we mourn with you.

Sam Schacht

28 November 2020

Best friend for almost sixty years. Closest to a brother this only child had.

Anna Rossini

25 November 2020

To the family of the late Melvin Brez:

On behalf of the Administration, Faculty and Staff of Queens College, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences on your loss.

Sincerely,

Anna Rossini
Alumni Relations
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, New York

Craig Carlson

21 November 2020

Mel was the best of friends. Loyal forever. Always quick with a laugh, a story, or a passing comment that seemed casual at first but ended up being provocative, leading to long, deep conversations. He loved the oddness in people, the things that make us different and unique. We worked together for six years on a soap opera, a job that could be difficult and tense. But Mel, more than anyone, turned our writing team into a family. How many laughs were left in that writers’ room, how many revealing confessions, how much love? All because of Mel. I will miss him greatly.

Alice SanGermano

20 November 2020

Mel was a rarity among men with a deep and unconditional love for his family. He shared with us his sense of honor, humor, often provocative thoughts -both deep and abstract, openly. He was a brother rather than a brother-law. I loved Mel. He will be missed and well remembered. Melvin, you will be our constant companion both in our hearts and thoughts. I was fortunate to be part of your life....

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