Melvin Friedman

by | Oct 22, 2018 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Melvin Friedman passed away surrounded by family October 1, 2018.

He was born February 5, 1929 in Columbus, Miss. to David and Zella Friedman.

Growing up, he was an Eagle Scout and after high school, he attended Vanderbilt University where he joined NROTC. He later received his law degree from University of Virginia, where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. He attended Officers’ School and J.A.G., eventually working at the Pentagon, retiring from the Navy as a Lt. Commander. He settled in Norfolk where he practiced law for over 60 years.

Initially a member of Temple Israel, he also joined other synagogues in keeping with his egalitarian nature. He was also a past president of B’nai B’rith. Melvin was known as a kind and gentle soul with a good nature and sense of humor. He was generous with his time, acting as a Patient Advocate at Sentara Leigh and as an advisor to people with personal and legal matters. He also mentored many men that looked to him as a second father. He enjoyed music, bird watching, decoupage, reading, and creating Jewish holiday cards which he drew in pen and ink. He took great joy and pride with his wife, kids, and grandchildren.

Other than his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Lynette.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis and his sons Jonathan, Steven, Alan (Julia) and Erin (Laura); his granddaughters Ariana, Ava, Lillian and Caroline and his nephews, Rabbi Josh and David. A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Condolences can be left for the family at