Melvin Parlin

Melvin Robert "Mel" Parlin

Friday, April 29th, 1938 - Sunday, January 3rd, 2021
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Melvin Robert Parlin, 82 of Margate City, NJ and Boca Raton, FL, passed away January 3rd with his loving daughters by his side. A lifelong and active resident of the Jersey Shore, Melvin (Mel) was born on April 29th, 1938, in Atlantic City, NJ, the son of the late Milton (Mike) and Florence Parlin. He was a proud graduate of Atlantic City High School, class of 1956, and attended The Ohio State University. In 1960, he married his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Sandra Handler Parlin, and they settled in Margate City to build a life together and start a family.

A local business leader, Mel became the second-generation owner and operator of Art Handler’s Appliance Center, a family business started by his father-in-law in 1947. In more than five decades in business, Mel enjoyed working with people and in making customers friends. That spirit which Mel embodied is carried on today by the third generation of family. In work and life, he was known for his kind and gentle nature and his unassuming ways. He lived a wonderful and happy life and touched the lives of many.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Michel Sacks (Scot) and Sally Jo Carter (Christopher) both of Margate, NJ; his three grandchildren, Henry Sacks, Max Carter & Kate Carter; and his brother, Dr. Daniel Parlin. His family and friends will always remember his devotion to Sandra. While they were happy to simply stay at home, in later years they found joy in traveling, particularly to Paris. Whether in Margate or Boca, Mel could be found under an umbrella on the beach with his family, a smile on his face. He also enjoyed sharing a sandwich with goods friends at the casino.

Due to the pandemic, funeral services will be private. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Jefferson University 3 Center Gibbon Building for their care and understanding.

The family asks that contributions in his memory be made to: The Heart of Healthcare Nursing Fund, Jefferson University/Office of Institutional Advancement, Department 825434, PO Box 71331, Philadelphia PA 19176-1331; or to: Shirley Mae/Michael J. Fund, PO Box 3265, Margate City, NJ 08402.
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