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Philippe "Phil" Melman

September 7, 2017


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MELMAN, Philippe “Phil” 52, died Thursday morning, September 7, 2017, after three years of brave struggle against an untreatable, progressive brain disease. He passed away quietly at home, with his wife, Jen, by his side. Born August 26, 1965, Phil was originally from Mount Holly, NJ. He attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1988 with a BSEE. In 1995, he moved to Northern California when the company he worked for was acquired by Hewlett Packard. His division was spun off twice, and he ended his working career with Keysight Technologies. Phil was granted a patent in 2013. Some of his highest quality work was completed during his last months on the job, after the disease was already taking away his ability to communicate. Phil was most alive in the outdoors and shared this joy with his wife and daughter, Amy. Together they had many hiking, bicycling and canoeing adventures. He took up kite surfing in Bodega Bay in his mid-40s. He had a keen interest in finding traces of the narrow-gauge railroad, comparing modern and historic photographs and interviewing elderly people who remembered the train. He was an unusually kind man, taking actions in life that would cause no harm and looking for opportunities to help out people in need. He also enjoyed spending time with his family at their home in the redwoods of Occidental, CA. Predeceased by his father, Dr. Gerald Melman, and father-in-law, Robert McNally, Phil leaves his wife, Jennifer; daughter, Amy; mother, Josette; mother-in-law, Mary; siblings, Natalie (Bob) and Carole (Glenn); sister-in-law, Maggie (Geoff); and niece and nephews, Catherine, George, Berkeley and Finn, to cherish his memory and relay his hair-raising stories. The family is grateful for the assistance and support of many friends, his caretakers, Jackie and Sandy, and Memorial Hospice. Help us honor his memory by sharing your Phil stories with us at .