In Memory of Melvin R. George
On July 25, 2018, Melvin Raymond George, loving husband and father of three children, passed
away peacefully at home at the age of 88. Mel was born December 8, 1929 in Hayward, CA to
Mary and Frank George. Mel was proud of his Portuguese heritage: his father was born in Madeira
and spent his early years in Hawaii, while his mother’s parents were born in the Azores. He
married Rosalina Roque 57 years ago and together they raised three children in San Jose, CA.
Mel started kindergarten at the prompting of a teacher searching for enough students to fill her
class at John Muir Grammar School. He was just 4 ½ years old. He then attended Bret Hart Junior
High and graduated from Hayward High School in 1947. During these formative years, Mel was an
accomplished chess player and rifle team member. He became the California state champion in
During WWII, he was a plane spotter for the Civil Defense Corps at the age of twelve. Although
materials including copper and rubber were being rationed, Mel was given a bicycle with rubber
tires to enable him to ride to the top of the highest lookout shed where he worked two to four
hour shifts totaling 500 hours.
Mel joined the Navy in 1948 and attended a 16-week pre-flight school in Pensacola, Florida. He
then served as a Second Lieutenant Aviation Cadet from 1948 to 1950 flying AT-6 planes. He
attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned a law degree from Lincoln Law School.
In 1962, Mel attended the School of Mortgage Banking at Stanford University and worked for
Crocker Anglo Bank and American Trust in Berkeley, CA. Mel worked as a lawyer in private practice
for several years and also Lockheed Missiles and Space (which later became Lockheed Martin)
where he worked for nearly 25 years as a Subcontracts Administrator until retirement in 1994.
Mel was passionate about antique radios, Edison machines, Victrolas, antique toys, trains and
WWII airplanes. He became proficient in physics at a young age and built a Tesla coil and lightning
machine in his basement at the age of ten. He was a self-taught radio enthusiast and could repair
just about any radio including building tube radios from scratch and crystal radio sets, one the size
of a quarter. He was also an active member of the Argonauts Historical Society. Mel loved all
animals, especially cats, peregrine falcons, monkeys, coyotes, and deer. He enjoyed traveling the
world with Rosalina over the years and spent most of his spare time in the mountains at their
family cabin near Yosemite National Park.
Melvin was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and Frank, brother, Albert, and
sister, Evelyn Walsh. He is survived by his wife, Rosalina, and his three children, Nancy Constantino
(Tom), Laura George, DVM, and David George. He is also survived by his sister Darlene Wilkinson,
two grandchildren, Nicholas and Sophia Constantino, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mel’s sense of humor, quick wit, inquisitive mind, and kindness will be greatly missed by his family
and friends who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
Services have been held. Donations in Mel’s honor may be made to his favorite nonprofit
501(c)charity, Coming Home Animal Sanctuary, Inc., PO Box 5, Candor, NY 13743
www.cominghomesanctuary.org or via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org