Melvyn Cohen

Obituary of Melvyn A. Cohen

Middletown, NY

Melvyn Alan Cohen, 81, of Middletown, NY, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021, peacefully at home. Mel was born in Manhattan, NY to Jean Kleinman and Mordecai Cohen on December 1, 1939. He attended a vocational high school for printing. He was then proud to serve in the Army Reserves from 1959-1965. Mel had many talents including an amazing singing voice, being a radio personality, a successful local business owner, and loved playing Santa. He also attended SUNY Orange at the age of 70 and achieved an honorary degree.


Mel had a deep love for gardening, animals, his fish tanks, photography, his movie collection, and the New York Mets. However, his greatest love of all was his family. His purest enjoyment in life was spending time together with his children and grandchildren. Nothing brought him greater joy.


Mel is survived by his loving wife, Arlynne, his daughters Shari and Amy, his sons, David and Michael, his grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Christopher, Stephanie, Jacob, Aaron, and Jonah, his great granddaughter, Melliyani, and his loving ragdoll cat, Winston.


A graveside funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 1:30pm at the Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue Cemetery, Spanktown Road, Warwick, NY with Rabbi Rebecca Pomerantz Shinder officiating. 


Memorial contributions in Mel’s name may be made to Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue, P.O. Box 517, Florida, NY 10921.


Funeral arrangements are honorably entrusted to the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home - 845-794-7474 or

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