OBITUARY

Mr. Melvin C. C. Pritchard

September 2, 1927November 19, 2018
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Melvin C. C. Pritchard was born on September 2, 1927 and passed away on November 19, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Rosary Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, November 29, 2018
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Biography

Melvin C.C. Pritchard was born in New York on September 2, 1927 to Anna and Joseph Pritchard. After his parents died, Melvin was then taken to South Carolina and placed into Jenkins Orphanage. Melvins’ sister Alice, got him out of the orphanage and returned to NY. Melvin went to P.S. 139 for junior high school then went to Chelsea High School. While in high school Melvin worked at the automat as a cashier. Melvin said he worked at the automat just so he could meet Lydia Yolanda, who was a waitress.

Melvin had over 45 years of Government service. He joined the US Air Force in July 1947. He holds a FCC 1st Class Radio License. He served at the Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, until he was honorably discharged in July 1950. On February 24, 1949, he married the love of his life, Lydia Yolanda Chapman. He continued his civil service career at the USAF Reserve Training Center, Floyd Bennett Naval Station, Brooklyn, NY. He resumed his education on the G.I. Bill, attending the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn to study electronic engineering, specializing in microwave. After passing a formal federal examination in 1963 to certify his technical qualifications, he was promoted to electronic engineer. At the Naval Applied Science Laboratory (NASL), where he would spend most of the next two decades, he researched the voltage breakdown of radio waves in air space, earth surface and deep pressure levels for submarine applications. In addition to his dedication to work and his family, Melvin was very active in his community. He was the Crown Heights Representative to the Education Committee of NYC, Council Against Poverty, Citywide arbitrator for the Education Committee on Title I programs, President of the Parents Association, at St Peter Claver School, Deacon Church of the Open Door, Little League Manager and much, much more. Upon closure of NASL in 1970, Melvin was transferred to the Naval Electronics Laboratory Center in Pt. Loma, CA. Melvin & Lydia bought a house and spent the next 40+ years in their home at Lodi Place.

Melvin holds several patents and has received numerous awards including Sustained Superior Performance and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Melvin also authored several technical documents. He retired in 1992 after 45 years of superior service. Upon retirement, the Commanding Officer of the Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center RDT&E Division stated “I commend you for your loyal service. I join all your associates in congratulating you for your outstanding career and your contributions to the Navy in a wide variety of engineering disciplines and programs”.

Melvin is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Lydia Yolanda (Chapman) Pritchard, August 3, 1997. He is survived by his six children, Melvina Renée Lennon, Rolando Basil Pritchard (Judith), Melvin Hugo Pritchard, Vincente C.C. Pritchard (Erin), David C.C. Pritchard and Thelma C.C. Chavez (Andrew); seven grandchildren Megan Hogan (Curtis), Andrew (AJ) Jr, Santana, Shoshanah, Crystiana, Savannah & Sierra; two great-grandsons Jackson & Miles. Melvin was lovingly known and respected as Mr. Pritchard.