Melvin Feldman

1931 - 2021

Albany, New York



 Melvin “Buddy” Feldman passed peacefully away at home at the age of 89, on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Born in Yonkers NY on July 24, 1931 to Samuel and Shirley Feldman. He moved to Albany at a young age and attended the Albany Public school system. He served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954 and served during the Korean War aboard the USS Coral Sea. Mel met the love of his Barbara Noonan and they were married in 1954.  

Mel worked for the state on NY as a draftsman’s and also for the Albany Regional Planning Commission until he bought the tobacco store “The Smoker”. The Smoker became his passion and he was a well-known tobacconist, with many loyal customers. He so loved his Saturday’s at the store where his customers would spend the day sitting and smoking in his shop.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Barbara, his children, Lori (Frank) Lasch, Cheryl (Peter Doody) and son, Michael. Mel is the much loved “Pa” to his four granddaughters, Bethany Lasch, Aimee Lasch, Sarah Doody and Victoria Doody and one great grandson, Jackson White.  Mel is also survived by his twin sister, Barbara Engle of California. Mel enjoyed many hours with his cat, Sadie, by his side.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Albany for all of the care given to him and his family, especially his nurse, Marita.

Due to Covid, the service will be for family only and in n lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Community Hospice of Albany County.



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Lenny Crouch

April 12, 2021 1:04 PM

I wanted to offer you all my sincere condolences and let each of you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers on the loss of Mel.   I cherished my visits to the Smoker where we enjoyed a cigar and a lot of good stories and laughter as well as attempts to resolve the hot button issues of the day.  Always a gentleman and a kind, caring human being.  God Bless

tommy whitwell

April 7, 2021 2:23 PM

Hey Buddy I am going to miss you I had some of the times I ever had with you and you know and I know you will always be my best man  good bye my friend you will be greatly missed    tom jackie

Maureen Devine

April 7, 2021 12:58 PM

Dear Lori and Family, thinking of you and sending you love always as you mourn the loss of your Dad.

Judy Rosen

April 7, 2021 11:13 AM

Barbara and Family....We send our condolences on the loss of Mel. He was a great neighbor all these years. He shared many gardening tips with us and he was an inspiration in the way he maintained his garden. He will be missed. In Sympathy, Judy and Larry Rosen

Larry Schechter, President

April 5, 2021 7:05 PM

The officers and members of the Independent Benevolent Society share in your loss and extend our deepest condolences to the entire family.

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