Ogunquit, ME, and Andover, MA — Melvin L. Weiner, 91, of Pulpit Rock Lane, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at home. He was born March 7, 1922, in Lawrence, Mass., a son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Chimes) Weiner. Raised in Andover, Mass., he graduated from Phillips Andover and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II, having piloted the B-25 and B-26 planes. His wife Nancy (Brooks) Weiner of 50 years predeceased him. He leaves two sons, Stephen B. Weiner and his wife, Kathryn, of Andover, Mass., and J. Brooks Weiner of York, Maine; a daughter, Abigail W. Taylor and her husband, John, of Andover, Mass., and Rye, N.H.; a brother, Charles Weiner and his wife, Lynn, of Stamford, Conn.; and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Abigail, Benjamin, Corey, Lindsey, Kirsten and Brooke. A brother, Paul Weiner, predeceased him.
He owned and operated Weiner’s Furs in Lawrence, Mass., for over 40 years. He also owned Service Chemical Corp and founded and operated North East Solvents Corp., which were both located in North Andover, Mass.
During his life he was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Pike School in Andover, Mass., The American Textile Museum Lowell, Mass., and the Essex Savings Bank, Lawrence, Mass. He was a member of the Board of Overseers at the Lahey Clinic and he had the honor of serving on the Ethics Committee at the Deaconess Hospital in Brookline, Mass. He remained active in the Town of Andover serving on the Andover High School Building Committee and at Phillips Andover, overseeing the restoration of the Andover Inn, as well as many other notable endeavors on the school’s campus. His dedication to the City of Lawrence could be seen in his involvement with the Boys and Girls Club, the Greater Lawrence Community Boat Program, and the various philanthropic causes he supported. His commitment to the Thompson Island Outward Bound of Boston, Mass., whose core values are compassion, integrity, excellence, inclusion and diversity, was reflective of the person he was. His behind-the-scene guidance was well-sought-after and highly-respected by others.
Aside from being remembered as a devoted family man, a successful entrepreneur, and a civic-minded individual, Mel took great pride and enjoyment tuna fishing off the coast of Maine with his sons and grandsons, skiing with family and friends, and spending quality time with those he loved. He was a mentor to many and a true friend.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s By-The-Sea Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 693, Cape Neddick, ME, 03902. Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 long Sands Rd., York, ME, is assisting with arrangements. For more information, visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.