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Date published: 6/19/2013

Melvin J. Almarode Jr.

Melvin J. Almarode, Jr., 65, died peacefully at his home in Orange, Virginia, on June 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife, Joyce, and two dear friends, John Ransone, who introduced Mel and Joyce, and Susan Rossell, a longtime colleague who is like a sister to both of them. He was a man who always placed family first, a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.

Mel was the son of the late Melvin J. Almarode, Sr. and Louise Brown Almarode of Waynesboro, Virginia. He was born in Waynesboro, Virginia, on June 1, 1948. He graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1966, earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from Virginia Tech in 1970, and earned his Master's Degree in Education from George Mason University in 2000. He taught in Virginia public middle schools for 40 years: 5 years in Pittsylvania County, 29 years in Orange County and 6 years in Fauquier County. He served as an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, providing classroom teaching instruction and mentoring college students working towards education degrees.

Mel dedicated his professional life to developing young minds. In addition to the required curriculum, he taught students to play chess, as a means of further developing their skills in logic and abstract thinking. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mel coached the Prospect Heights Middle School boys' basketball team, and led them to multiple winning seasons.

A lifelong learner, Mel acquired the skills to build the family home from the ground up, with the help of his father, wife, close family and friends.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Mel loved his family dearly, and he cherished annual family vacations to the mountains and to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In his leisure time, he enjoyed playing golf with his son-in-law, gardening and reading.

Although be was not a member of an organized church as an adult, he had a close personal relationship with God and had a very strong faith.

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