~~Douglas Davis Melick, 47, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Born in Morristown, NJ, Douglas was raised in Maplewood. After living in Japan for many years, Douglas resided in Hoboken and Jersey City. A graduate of Columbia High School, Doug earned his BA degree from Hobart College in Japanese Studies, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management; later, he earned an MS in Development Science from Columbia University. Douglas was a financial journalist with Bloomberg Corp. in Japan; after returning to the United States, he then worked as a development professional for non-profit institutions and organizations, including the Japan Foundation, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the Archdiocese of New York, and the Northern Manhattan Development Corporation.
Douglas, a remarkable athlete, was a champion swimmer as a youth and a runner of marathons as an adult. He also enjoyed tennis. He loved history and geography and always took a keen interest in family geneology. His love of his family was great and constant, as was his sense of humor.
Douglas is survived by his mother, Arden Davis Melick; father David Marvin Melick and his wife Donna Wilson Melick; brothers Randolph L. Melick and his wife Ruth Ernst; brother David L. Melick and his wife Patti Kavee-Melick; his uncle, Douglas Spies Davis and his uncle’s wife, Maryellen Davis; his aunt, Peggy Kuglen, and her husband, Craig Kuglen; and by five cousins. Douglas was the beloved uncle of Emily, Benjamin, Abigail and Elinor, whose aunt, Maki Melick, is Douglas’ former wife.
There will be a visitation at the Bradley, Haeberle & Barth Funeral Home, 1100 Pine Ave., in Union, on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with words of remembrance at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be private.