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Becker Funeral Home

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OBITUARY

Jeremy Melville

August 27, 1953September 7, 2020

Jeremy Melville, of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, passed away at his home on September 7th 2020. Jeremy fought a valiant battle with cancer for the past 15 months. Jeremy was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England on August 27th 1953. He was married to Denise for 28 years and they have a son Andrew, 19. Jeremy who was 67, was a formidable athlete, a gifted and accomplished sportsman who relished sharing his vast knowledge and experiences in the fields of fencing, motorcycle, motor racing and cycling. When talking of the various sports that he was engaged in his audience was never disappointed and invariably enthralled at the way Jeremy described every turn of a track, the feeling of taking a corner at speed on the road bike or intricately describing the winning hit of a fencing bout. Jeremy served 9 years in the Royal Air Force as a technician in the Electronic Warfare Avionics Unit stationed in the UK and Cyprus. He saw active duty during the Cypriot revolution, remembering his time driving an RAF Land Rover through the hail of bullets heading to Phaphos to evacuate families caught in the crossfire. During his time in the Royal Air Force, to keep fit he took up the sport of fencing. A fellow airman had wanted some target practice, those that knew Jeremy will know that he did not like to lose and the so called “target” fought back and won. Jeremy showed real talent and was recommended to be coached and mentored by the Great Britain fencing Coach. Jeremy learned then something he would remember through the rest of his years of competing, there is no substitute for hard work, the harder you train the better you will get. After one year in the sport Jeremy became the Royal Air Force Epee champion of Great Britain. Jeremy would regularly drive 144 miles from where he was stationed, have a 30 minute lesson, fence everyone in the fencing club, drive across London to a second club, fence them all and then drive 144 miles home again. Jeremy’s focus and drive brought him to the attention of the British team selectors following a win of a round of the fencing world cup. The following years saw Jeremy compete on the international fencing circuit, whilst holding a day job! He won many competitions culminating in spending 3 years on the British Olympic fencing squad and taking part in two Commonwealth Games, winning a Team Silver medal in 1986 and an individual Bronze Medal in 1990. Jeremy moved to the USA in 2008 with his wife and son,becoming a US Citizen in 2018 which he was so immensely proud of. All who knew him appreciated his willingness to help and support whether it be in the realm of sport or that of his career in IT. He was a loving Husband, Father, mentor and coach to his wife Denise and son Andrew. H e was a fast and very fair competitor and always shook hands afterwards. That is how Jeremy lived his life, he lived it to the full, with total commitment and enthusiasm, a true gentleman and a kind soul. Jeremy will be much missed by his wife, Denise, son Andrew, mother Sally, brother Mark and his many friends from varying walks of life - wherever his influence impinged. A celebration of Jeremy’s life will be held on Wednesday September 23 between 4.00 and 5.30pm, at: 43, Fairview Avenue, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, 07677, USA

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