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Mr. James Pass Melson

Obituary for Mr. James Pass Melson

February 26, 1935 - May 23, 2013
Pennsylvania | Age 78


James Pass Melson passed away on May 23rd at home in New Hope surrounded by his family after a long battle with kidney failure and cancer. He was 78 years old. Jim was born on February 26, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA. His parents were Anna Pass Melson and Walter F. Melson of Watercress Springs, New Hope, PA. He spent his childhood in New Hope and graduated from New Hope Solebury High School where he met and married the love of his life, Judith Eichlin. A Korean War Veteran, he served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957 as a Flight Engineer.
If you were lucky enough to have known Jim, you were blessed. He poured his heart and soul into his business, Melson's Service Center, which he began in 1966 in New Hope. He valued every customer who walked in the door. From Uhaul to Simplicity to selling gas and repairing cars, Jim enabled his business to thrive throughout the years. His children operate the "station" today.
At 17 years of age, he met his high school sweetheart, Judy who was 15 at the time. They married and raised their five children in Doylestown on Pine Run Farm and were lucky enough to live 56 years together. In 2012, they moved back home to New Hope to enjoy the magic of the "Glass House" and all it has to offer.
Nothing was impossible in Jim's eyes. He could do anything or figure out how to do it. During his life, Jim had many hobbies which included hunting, painting, and woodworking. His creativity was a gift that he used in every project he took on. He made many pieces of art including bird houses, walking sticks, hand carved wooden boxes and paintings that he gave to family and friends over the years. He wanted to give a piece of himself to everyone, and he did just that. After retirement, he enjoyed being a volunteer at the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association's Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum. He was also a life member of the American Legion Post 79 in New Hope. As a father, he always made time for every project, activity or Scouting event that his children had. He will be forever missed.
Jim was pre-deceased by his brother, Walter F. Melson, Jr. and his sisters, Marie Jane Melson Heath and Marlene E. Melson. He is survived by his wife, Judy and their five children: Pamela Melson-Abele, James Jr (Ellen), Jane Melson Yates (Timothy), Thomas Melson (Coleen) and Anthony Melson (Deborah) along with their 10 Grandchildren, Jennifer, Melanie, Madison, Grace, Samantha, Cary, Bradley, Jessica, Jack, Jillian and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to Jim's Life Celebration, Wednesday, May 29th, from 6 – 9 pm at Leaver/Cable of Buckingham, 4886 York Rd. and to his Funeral Mass, Thursday, May 30th at 11AM at the Church of St. Martin of Tours, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope. Interment will follow at Thompson Memorial Cemetery, New Hope. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James' name to the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown or The New Hope Eagle Fire Company. To share your fondest memories of Jim, please visit

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  • In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James' name to the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown or The New Hope Eagle Fire Company.

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Buckingham, PA 18912
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