Melvin Cohen
November 28, 2023

Visitation Information

November 30 2023 - 10:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside), Pittsburgh 15232

Funeral Information

November 30 2023 - 11:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside), Pittsburgh 15232

MELVIN COHEN: Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at age 68 on November 28, 2023. Son of the late Abe Cohen and Ruth Alterman Cohen, devoted husband to his wife, Nan, an extraordinary father to his daughters Elyssa, Abbe, and dog Cookie, and loving friend of Donna Schano. Melvin lived his life to the fullest with his "can-do", "keep-going", attitude and fought every battle with a smile on his face. A special thank you to Dr. Vikram Gorantla, Dr. David Weber and their staff, with a special acknowledgement to nurse Jenny Rabuck for providing us with excellent care. Melvin will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 11 AM. Visitation one hour prior to services (10 AM - 11 AM). Interment Private. 


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Nan and family...just heard about Mel's death. My deepest sympathy and condolences. I had no idea that he was battling cancer. Mel always had a smile on his face whenever we saw each other (probably because he was anticipating a dirty joke). If this guy ever had a bad day you never knew it...because he just kept on truckin'. Rest in peace old friend and fraternity brother. I'll always remember your smile and laughter.

By Lee Lilienthal - December 06, 2023

My deepest sympathies Nan.

By Frederick Segal - December 01, 2023

To the Cohen Family, Melvin will always be in our hearts. He was kind, loving, caring, generous, a good husband ,father, friend, smart, funny and talented. We will remember him fondly and miss him greatly. He was always up for an adventure. When we set up our black Christmas tree it will remind us of Melvin. He made us famous or infamous for our unique and cutting edge Christmas decorations. From the first rope chasing lights to our “Miami Vice” neon light sticks it was all Melvin influenced. Our last project together is the outdoor turntable which rotates a chainsaw carved sculpture in our garden. We told Melvin what we wanted and he made it happen without question. Next year at the annual “Guys Dinner” we will include a chair at the table in Melvin’s honor and raise a glass to our friend. Salute! PEACE! The Chris and Nancy Spina Family

By F. Christopher Spina - December 01, 2023

We want to extend our condolences to you on the loss of your husband and father of your wonderful daughters . We are heartbroken for all of you. MSP9B

By Joan and Ben Forman - December 01, 2023

So very sorry for this terrible loss. Prayers to you, Nan and the girls. May his memory be a blessing.

By Susan Forman - November 30, 2023

I knew Mel for over 50 years. He was a mensch. He was genuine. He was one of the nicest of guys, and who could forget that unmistakable laugh. I know it is small comfort, but my sincerest and deepest sympathies go to Nan, Alyssa and Abbe. Take comfort in knowing that everyone who knew Mel remembers him fondly.

By Mitchell Kaufman - November 30, 2023

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers with your family.

By Anna and Gregory Rom (Jenny’s parents) - November 30, 2023

Sending prayers and peace to you Nan and your beautiful family. You two were such a perfect pair and my heart is breaking😔

By Alice - November 30, 2023

Nan, Abbe & Elyssa, my deepest sympathies for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

By Randi Brand - November 30, 2023

Dear Nan, Sending you our deepest condolences. We are sorry to hear of your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of Melvin we will be praying for your family. John & Cil Byrne

By John W. Byrne - November 30, 2023

Nan, Jeff and I are so sorry for your loss. I am glad we had the pleasure of meeting him! He was a kind, sweet gentle man!

By Lisie Lipsitz - November 30, 2023

Dear Nan and family There are no words to ease your pain. Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved Mel. May his memory be for a blessing to you always.

By Paula Fingeret Rulin - November 30, 2023

We are deeply saddened to hear about Mel’s passing. He was truly an extraordinary person, embodying warmth, love, and friendship. He was an amazing father, husband and friend. His legacy will continue to shine and live on through the beautiful family he created with you. Please accept our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Wishing you, Elyssa and Abbe strength, comfort, love and the solace of cherished memories. If there is anything that we can do for you 3, please let me know. We love you all and are here for you always.

By The Bryce Family - November 29, 2023

I am so so sad. Who knew that when we moved to Phillips Ave in 1977 sharing a driveway with the Cohens that it would lead to our friendship for all these years. My most heartfelt condolences to all of you.

By Harold Marcus - November 29, 2023

Nan, Elyssa and Abbe - I am so sorry to hear this. It was obvious to see how much Mel loved you all. And you in return. You are in my thoughts and prayers that God keeps you in his arms and that you find peace.

By Diane Casilegross - November 29, 2023

Such a tragic loss! Mel was one of the best!

By Lori and Rick Taper - November 29, 2023

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I only know you from the radio and ur posts on facebook! I’d catch you when Mel would drive you to work . Hold those beautiful memories close to your heart ! I’m so sad to read this💔

By Loretta Hufnagel - November 29, 2023

My heart is broken! 💔Mel is as such a Beautiful soul in side and out! One of the very best!! I will miss our weekly talks and laughs! He is forever in my heart and my friend!!🫶🏼💔 To Nan and the Girls I can’t imagine the void . Your husband was a wonderful man. And a wonderful father! He loved his girls!! You have my sympathy ❤️‍🩹 I am so very sorry for your loss.

By Amy McNeil - November 29, 2023

Words cannot express how much my heart hurts for you and I can’t imagine how yours feels. Please know I am sending you all so much love and many prayers for healing and peace. I am so sorry for your loss.

By Shelley Duffy-Alexander - November 29, 2023

To the Cohen Family: Stephen and I send our utmost condolences to the family at this most difficult time. We send our love and prayers 🙏❤️

By Ellen and Stephen Callas - November 29, 2023

I cannot say enough good things about Melvin. We lost touch for years and when we later talked it was like old friends that time did not erase. He will be missed for all the humanity and kindness his has. Friends like that are a jewel. I know he is now at peace with love in G-Ds hands

By Edward G Kaliman MD - November 29, 2023

Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your entire family! Prayers being sent. May he RIP.

By Laura Boosinger - November 29, 2023

I’m so very sorry, Nan! Sending prayers and love.

By Bob Paff Paff - November 29, 2023

Dear Nan, Elyssa, and Abbe: I am very sorry on the loss of your beloved husband and father, Melvin. May he be remembered for a blessing. Hamakom Yinachem. Sincerely, Steven Santman

By Steven Santman - November 29, 2023

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for Nan, Elyssa and Abbe during this difficult time.

By Zlotnik Family - November 29, 2023

Nan- I am so sorry for your loss. I regret that I will not be available to attend on Thursday. I will keep you & your girls in my prayers! Sending love and hugs your way.- Terri

By Terri - November 29, 2023

Please accept my deepest sympathy. You both were perfect together! May you keep him alive in your heart always Prayers for strength through such a loss

By Gwen Orth - November 29, 2023

Our hearts are broken to lose this wonderful friend. Many wonderful memories of one of the few people ever that never had an unkind word for anyone. He lived his life for Nan and his girls. Deepest sympathy to all. The world has lost a special person and we have lost a special friend.❤️

By Anne and Daniel Stephens - November 29, 2023

So so sorry for ur loss. He was a great men with a great smile. I' ll try to get in touch with afer the funeral, I"m in Hospital myself.

By Kathleen Hammers - November 29, 2023

Dear Nan, Elyssa and Abbe, Sending you our deepest condolences. Nothing we say or write can can ease the pain of your loss, but we are thinking of you and praying for your family.

By Mandy & Dale Dlugos - November 29, 2023