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Service for:
Melvin Zeidenberg, 93
September 18, 2018
9 Tishrei, 5779
September 21, 2018
Funeral Home Service
10:30 a.m.

B’nai Jacob Memorial Park,200 Wintergreen Ave, New Haven, CT.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to; Walter Pop Smith Little League,P.O.Box 3322,  New Haven, CT.06515

Will be observed Privately.


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Posted by:

To Betty, Clint and family, and Todd and family,

I extend my sympathy. I hope that the best moments– times of joy, laughter, accomplishment, warmth, love, and fun– will rise to help sustain you through the most difficult days. Indeed, you have a wealth of wonderful remembrances to call upon. Wow, what a cool life Mel lived! Wow, what happiness he brought to so many, many people!

Mel sang at my Bar Mitzvah…a mere 57 years ago. As an interesting aside, our guests included B. S. Pulley (the original “Big Julie,” not to be confused with Julie Kogon) and Joe DiMaggio Jr. (the Yankee Clipper’s son). Just a “few years” later, I was honored to see and hear Mel sing at his 90th birthday party. He still “had it.” Thank you. Of course, he was one helluva singer; it is no revelation to “note” that. However, there is a word that has gone out of style, but particularly describes Mel Gray’s melodic style and diction. It is “crooner.” The guy was smoooooth.

We shared a love for boxing. We would talk about Julie and many other fighters. On our rides to the Connecticut Boxing HOF inductions, he would regale me with stories about plenty of other things as well. It must’ve been rather entertaining having Dick Shawn as a roommate.

Yes, Mel was the Little League boss. Yet, when it came to menschosity (you won’t find that in a dictionary), he was strictly Big League. I am extremely grateful to know that Mel was my friend.

Rick Kaletsky

Posted by:
Vincent DeJoy

Mrs. Zeidenberg, Todd, Clint and Your Families…my sincere condolences. My memories of Mel are from when I was a boy/young man. He was a nice guy. I respected him as one of the neighborhood fathers and for the work he did for little league baseball.

Posted by:
Nick Neeley

My condolences to Mel’s family. I know I speak for the kids and parents of Westville in thanking you for giving us Mel for so many years. He always put the interest and happiness of the kids first. His rendition of the National Anthem sung on every opening day will always be my personal favorite.

Posted by:
Kathy Raucci

My very deepest condolences! I have been cutting Mel’s hair for well over 20 years, he always had such an amazing smile and incredible personality. Our conversation were never dull. I will miss him deeply! Every 3 weeks not seeing him has been very hard! Be blessed to know how proud and loved you all were to him. Kathy Raucci of Tangles

Posted by:
Richard & Kathleen Murphy

Dear Betty & Family
So very sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. The Murphy Family will always have great memories and leadership from Mel. The many nights at the ball park will be remembered as very special. Mel will always be part of the Davis Street stories the Murphy Boy’s tell.

Posted by:
Penny Merriam

My sympathies to all of you! So many memories of singing with Mel in the Kessler Israel and B’nai Jacob Synagogues! You both were a beautiful and talented couple . Penny Merriam

Posted by:
Sonny Landolfi

Betty and Family,

Very sorry about Mel’s passing. I learned a lot about singing from Mel, all those years with Arnold Most.
He was a joy to be with.

My sympathy to you and your family.

Posted by:
Lynne Drazen

Dear Betty and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Mel’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
The Lazaroff’s enjoyed many good times at Oaklane and parties with Mel’s wonderful singing. May his name be for a blessing

Posted by:
randy harrison

My most sincere condolences on Mel’s passing…he was always one of my favorite people, with a tremendous way of making me feel that he was always genuinely happy to see me…he lived a long life, and touched a lot of people…

Posted by:
Lindy Lee Gold

Mel meant so much to so many Westville kids. His tireless efforts as Baseball Commissioner were incredible! As a performer, he brought great joy to milestone occasions
His memory is a blessing and his life was well lived! In sympathy and appreciation

Robert E. Shure Funeral Home is the only strictly Jewish Funeral Home in the Greater New Haven area.

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