June 7, 1938 – June 21, 2020
Melvin J. Rosen, 82, of Florham Park, NJ, died of natural causes on June 21, 2020, in Boca Raton, FL where he enjoyed spending his winters.
Born in Paterson, NJ to Louis and Helen Rosen, he graduated from the Yavneh Academy, Eastside High School, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Toby, daughters Lisa Rosen and Stacy (Steve) Saul, and his adored grandchildren, Abby and Derek. He is also survived by his brother and best friend Saul (Pat) Rosen, his nieces Amy (Chip) Selley and Jill (Dan) Solomon, and his nephew Brian Johnson. He was also loved by his many cousins, in-laws, co-workers, and friends.
Mel worked for decades in the women’s wear industry, spending most of his career at H.I.S. and Levi Strauss. He followed work opportunities, moving with his family to different parts of the country: New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and California. He began his second career as a financial advisor, mostly with Merrill Lynch, until his retirement.
His family was all-important. He was a born salesman, humble, funny, kind-hearted, athletic—a real character. He loved skiing, handball, and taking a shvitz at the JCC. He loved taking friends and family to his latest favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants and ice cream parlors.
He will be loved and missed more than he could have imagined. Services were held and a celebration of his life will occur at a future date. Donations in his memory can be made to the JCC MetroWest (jccmetrowest.org).
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June 26, 2020
My memories of Mel and living in Paterson are similar to my brother Jay's but what I thought was the
best was when Mel was the Good Humor Man. He would pull up to our house in his white uniform with a truck full of ice cream. I asked what he'd suggest, he said "they're all good, try this". That's when I had my first Creamsickle, cool and creamy all at the same time!
Everyone who eulogized Mel had a very familiar bubba meshh of Mel the person and I was no exception!
June 25, 2020
When I was a young boy, my family lived in a 2 family house in Paterson on the 2nd floor. Uncle Lou and Aunt Helen were the primary residents on the 1st floor. I have so many memories of spending time with Mel and Saul. I remember being 5 or 6 years old and thinking that Mel was the coolest guy in Paterson. It was in the late 1950s and he had a convertible car. It was such a thrill when he'd say "JJ why don't you hop in and I'll take you for a spin. It was awesome!!
He always had a joke or story to tell. You always knew when Mel had entered the room because he had such presence and was always larger than life. He never seemed rattled by the pressures of business or life in general and always found something special to say to a person. He was a real mensch whom will be sorely missed
Rest in Peace, Mel