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Melvyn Radner

March 30, 1932 June 15, 2019
Melvyn Radner
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Obituary for Melvyn Radner
Melvyn Radner died on Friday June 15 at White Plains Hospital, surrounded by family, after a short hospital stay following a fall. Mel, to all who knew him, was born to Ben and Faye (Lombard) Radner on March 30, 1932 in the Bronx, NY. Mel grew up mostly in the Bronx, and attended the Bronx High School of Science and City College of New York, graduating in 1955. He met his future wife, Linda Zimmerman, through mutual friends at the Poconos resort Tamiment, and they were married within a year.
During the course of a nearly 60 year marriage, Mel was the father of three children (and two dogs), had a successful career as an engineer and marketing professional, travelled the wide world, played guitar with the “Strummer’s Club”, took classes, taught classes, read voraciously, wrote short fiction and non-fiction for pleasure, wintered in South Carolina and played golf (poorly), taught himself card tricks and performed for the delight of anyone who would tolerate his amateur skills, was an amateur pilot (at least the simulated kind). He loved taking family camping and ski trips, annual beach vacations in Cape Cod and Montauk, visits to Catskill resorts, and in general delighted at the achievements of his children and four grandchildren.
He also performed for years in community theater in Westchester, always seeming to land roles exemplifying leadership and authority such as Army captains (South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof) and union leaders (Pajama Game). Nothing gave him more pleasure than sitting around a campfire in the woods or at a backyard barbeque and having a family hootenanny, with children and nephews strumming guitars and raising voices in song. For the past 20 years Melvyn was an active participant and lecturer of LYRIC. As president of the Men's Club at JCC he enjoyed and lead lively discussions of current events and social issues.
Mel read the New York Times and watched TV news every day, was passionately progressive, opinionated, and always up for a debate. During the course of a long career as an engineer and sales executive, Mel worked on many sophisticated projects, including top secret military projects and placing equipment on the first space shuttle.
Mel is survived by his wife Linda (Zimmerman) Radner, Susan Horowitz and her husband Dr. Robert Horowitz, Michael Radner and his wife Robin Miller Radner, Jennifer Elgin, and grandchildren Jacob and his wife Sarah, Emily, Hannah, and Zachary.
A graveside service will be held at King David Cemetery in Putnam Valley at 11 a.m. Monday June 17. Visitation will be at the family home June 17 and 18 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.
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King David Cemetery Final Resting Place

101 Mill Street
Putnam Valley, NY 10579

101 Mill Street Putnam Valley 10579 NY
United States

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