Robert Franklin Melvin Dies in Hawaii March 4, 2008
Robert Franklin Melvin
below is a link to his memorial website that his family set up for him
My father’s first cousin died in an auto accident in Hawaii on March 4. I just learned of it and am so stunned. He was in constant correspondence with me and had so many of my father’s interests. He loved family history and was helping me put one of the two genealogies my dad had compiled into a document we could load onto the Internet. It was a lot of work and he did most of it on his computer.
He lived in the Raleigh/ Durham area and, though it is only three hours (my driving time) from Charlotte, I just never saw him. We communicated extensively by email. This is a photo taken on a trip to Chapel Hill where we enjoyed an afternoon together. The other is taken in the arboretum in front of a tanbark oak that came from my father’s private botanical garden. Bob was very knowledgeable about plants and it was another interest he shared with my father. The other was taken by my husband of the two of us.
Bob was a perpetual student. His interests were so very extensive. He had either a little or a lot of knowledge about a lot of things. This attribute also reminded me of my father, who was thirty six years older than Bob. Bob shared so much in common with my father you would have thought he was my brother rather than my first cousin once removed. Though we were not of the same generation, we were the same age. He was one of a very few people in my life who writes to me and stays in close touch. I can’t let myself think of how much I am going to miss him!
Robert at a tanbark oak donated by my father to the arboretum at Chapel Hill