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Remembering Beloved Weatherman Dr. Mel

After a long battle with cancer, WTNH's Dr. Mel has passed.

Today, WTNH reported that their longtime Meteorologist passed away at 66 years old.

WTNH reports that Dr. Mel, "had been fighting Multiple myeloma for a number of years." 

Dr. Mel, who has been with WTNH since 1986 from the station in October, 2011.

Prior to retiring, Dr. Mel had been working from his home weather station and reported about from his porch just hours before his home was badly damaged.  

WTNH reports that VP and General Manager Mark Higgins said in an e-mail to station staff, "We not only lost a great journalist today, but a great humanitarian and close friend."

In November, 2011, Dr. Mel was present at Connecticut Hospice in Branford to accept an award on behalf of the facility, which to receive certification as a palliative hospital or end-of-life-care facility. 

At the event he said to the crowd, "I’ve lived in this area for decades and I always admired the work was doing but you know, I never thought I might be in a situation where I’d personally be looking to Hospice to help my own situation.” He added, "From a patient’s standpoint, here is a place where you can go and you can really feel the warmth and the love that is in all our hearts. You can see it, feel it, touch it as it comes out and touches the patients that are here.”

Please remember Dr. Mel here in the comments section. 

Laura I. Maniglia January 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Years ago, I attended a benefit for multiple myeloma at which Dr. Mel was the honoree. He was gracious and friendly. His positive attitude was an inspiration. He clearly loved his profession and always had a smile on his face. He was a gentleman and a scholar.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead January 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
A true gentleman and a wonderful human being. Rest in Peace my friend.
Marie Williams January 19, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I watched Dr. Mel while attending school in New Haven during the 80's. He will forever be the best Weatherman!!
Beth January 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
RIP Dr Mel, you will be missed!
Debra Kay Levi January 30, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Dr. Mel - a really nice man! never forgotten!

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