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Date published: 5/13/2014

Maurice 'Mel' Allen

Maurice "Mel" Allen, 80, of Spotsylvania County passed away peacefully on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Apropos of his signature keen wit and playful personality, Mel was born in Connecticut on April Fool's Day to Maurice and Dorothy Allen. Throughout his youth, he developed his strong intellect through avid reading and his love of athletics as a multi-sport competitor. He rounded out his years in New England by earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, where he met his future wife and soul mate, Maryann Coskren Allen. Mel and Maryann were happily married for 56 years.

After serving in the Army at Fort Belvoir, Mel received a master's degree from George Washington University and lived with his family in Woodbridge and IN Malvern, Pa., before settling in Spotsylvania in 1989. He enjoyed a long and successful career in computer software sales.

Mel gained great satisfaction in sharing his time and talents with the youth of his community. He coached several high-performing travel soccer teams, sharing his knowledge and passion for the game. He also enjoyed his tenure as a substitute middle and high school teacher and youth mentor. Both as a coach and educator, Mel preached that "practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect."

Mel was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania. He founded a chapter of the Knights of Columbus for St. Matthew Catholic Church and dedicated his scant hours of free time to establish and grow the parish ministries and the religious education program.

As a father, Mel has bestowed an eternal sense of optimism and selflessness upon his five children, Kathleen, Tom, Steve, Chris and Sheila. Mel leaves his eight grandchildren with the lasting impression of a playful grandfather who adored them all unconditionally.

With an intellectual curiosity that could never be quenched, a sense of humor that fed many lively dinner conversations and an optimism that trumped any troubling circumstance, Mel has left an enduring legacy that will be felt by all who knew him.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Mullins & Thompson, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8200 Robert E. Lee Drive, Spotsylvania, VA. 22551.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Matthew's Organ Fund.

Condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfreder icksburg.com.