Melvin "Mel" Saul, 78, long-time resident of Cape Coral, beloved husband and best friend of his lady, Alda, for 56 years, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved.
He was born in Seattle, Wash., to Melvin and Lillian Saul. Upon graduating from Queen Anne High School in 1953, he joined the Army and traveled the world. He served our country (doing two tours in Vietnam) for 22 years. He moved his family to Cape Coral in 1977 and worked for the Post Office for the next 20 years.
Mr. Saul was always active in his family and his community wherever his life carried him. Starting in Heidelberg, Germany, where he became a Mason, joining the Scottish Right and Shrine while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He joined the Araba Shrine in Fort Myers shortly after moving to Lee County, becoming Potentate in 1992. He was a member of the "Q," served on the board at the Shrine Hospital for children in Tampa and is a past member of the Fun and Folic, Keystone Kops and Jeepsters units. For Mel, like all Shriners, it was all about the children.
Melvin “Mel” Saul
He is survived by his wife Alda; daughter, Janet (Michael) LeBoeuf of Cape Coral; his sons, Roger (Mary) Saul of Oxford, Pa., and James (Elizabeth) Saul of Smithton, Pa. He is also survived by his sisters, Gail Latimer of Bellingham Wash., and Patti Jo Burke of Kent, Wash.; and brother, Gordon Saul of Raymond, Wash.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Lillian Saul, and brothers, Roger and Gary Saul.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at The Araba Shrine, 2010 Hanson St., Fort Myers.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectively requests donations be made to The Araba Shrine Center, 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers, FL 33901, or the Cape Coral Hope Hospice House, 2430 Diplomat Parkway, E., Cape Coral, FL 33909.
Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home is serving the family.
Online condolences and remembrances may be sent at www.fortmyersmemorial.com