On Aug. 31st, I received word that my older brother, Melvin Samuel Wynn, had passed away, and it put me in a tail spin.
There are so many people to thank who helped with the arrangements.
The first group to step to the plate was the Wilkes Barre Area School District, specifically Dr. Brian Costello and Ms. Denise Thomas. They gave us the venue of the school.
The first person was Greg Palmer of Salt & Pepper fame, now staging as Greg Palmer. Judge William Amesbury and his beautiful sister, Noreen – your love and support means the world to me.
Others to step forward included Joe Middleton (wife, Molly), Jerry Sechleer (wife, Mary Ann), state Rep. Eddie “Day” Pashinski — thank you also for your hard work in trying to assist with finding some place in such short notice – Stan Mirin from GAR High School maintenance department – who worked tirelessly that day to make our lives as comfortable as possible.
Mr. Joe Nardone. of “Joe Nardone and the All Stars” as well as the owner and operator of the Gallery of Sound, thank you for being with us on the stage. Father James E. Wynn, thank you for the prayer; and Mel Wynn III, thank you for representing his father’s family.
Thank you to the the Amber Palace for the fabulous brunch. Thank you, Pam and your staff, for the wonderful brunch you served. Thank you, Father Wynn and Ms. Valaida Wynn Randolph, for your strength and support. Thank you, Jack Foley and Robbie Walsh, for performing and and sharing a story how Jack sang at the age of 14 for Mel. Thank you, John C. Janoski and the Maseychick family, for recommending Jack and Robbie.
I want to thank Bill O’Boyle for his writing. I need to thank Ms. Katey Lick of Mountaintop on the Move for finding us a videographer as well as the picture of Mel in his leopard vest; Scott Cannon, who did a fabulous job with the program. Mr. Tom Woods, radio announcer extraordinaire, also commented as well as Dr. R. Blaum, and Charles Harvey, representing the Harvey family. And to mayoral candidate George Brown, thank you for your support.
Also thank you to three dear friends who assisted with the fliers. Thank you to Marsha and James Reilly, cousin Maxine Plummer and Joe Milcavage who worked everything from sound to programming – couldn’t have done any of it without all of you.
My heart is eternally grateful to each and every one of you.
Constance E. Wynn, family and friends