Native Clevelander and Boca Raton, Fla., resident, Melvin I. Lazerick passed away on Nov. 6, 2019, after a month-long illness. Husband for 71 years to the late Ina Mae Rabinovitch and father to Beth and Carol, Mel always led a busy life. He was a charter member of Mayfair Swim Club, a member and usher of The Temple-Tifereth Israel and a Big Brother.

Ask him what the secret to living 101 years, Mel would answer volunteering and staying active. He was the quintessential volunteer. In 1942, he became a Big Brother and in 1943, he received his first little brother, a 16-year old living at Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau. Later, he was matched with his second little. Both remained in touch and are considered to be family by Beth and Carol.

In Boca Raton, Mel became active in Boca Helping Hands, a comprehensive program providing delicious meals as well as medical and financial assistance and job training. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, you could find Mel behind the counter offering bags of groceries and bananas to clients.

On days that he wasn’t at Boca Helping Hands, Mel attended classes at the Institute for Learning in Retirement, a lifelong learning program for which Carol served as Executive Director. Mel loved people and a good joke and appreciated the staff and his friends at Edgewater Pointe Estates where he lived.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Edgewater Pointe Estates.

Friends who wish to make contributions in his honor, may contribute to Boca Helping Hands, 1500 N.W. 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432, or The Institute for Learning in Retirement, 21346 St. Andrews Blvd., No. 142, Boca Raton, FL 33433.