Melvin Slawik

Melvin "Mel" Slawik Sr.

Sunday, May 19th, 1935 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Melvin Anthony Slawik Sr. May 19, 1935 – October 3, 2020

Mel was born in Brooklyn, NY, son of Frank and Edna Slawik and grew up in Wilmington Delaware. He graduated from Wilmington High, University of Delaware and Rutgers University with a Masters Degree in Social Work.

He began his career as a Social Worker and continued on in politics for 14 years, having never lost an election! A Solid “Kennedy” Democrat to this day, “Our Man Mel” served in the Delaware House of Representatives and Senate and finally as County Executive for New Castle County. He led the way for the end to segregation and was known for helping many people during his career. He retired from the Public Defender’s office in Delaware but continued to be a part time gambling counselor until a few years ago. Mel also co- authored Books: “The Gambler’s Mantra” and “Crossing the Line: When Gambler’s Turn to Crime”.

Mel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Jo (Scott) Slawik, (his lifelong sweetheart); daughter, Jane Perillo of New Castle; sons, Andrew Slawik and wife, Dorothy of Clayton; and Melvin Slawik Jr. and wife, Cathy of Naples (Marco Island), Florida; and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mel’s love for all things water began with his love for the Jersey Shore. Along with his best friend for life, Bruce Uffleman (deceased), he served as a lifeguard in Wildwood as well as several odd jobs on the boardwalk. Mel loved swimming and set the record for most miles swam at the YMCA.

He also loved playing the piano and singing. He always loved to listen to and sing any Frank Sinatra tune and would always join in on any rendition of “On the Way to Cape May” If he saw a piano, guaranteed he would sit down to play and sing.

Mel lived out his days loving his wife and family and will be honored, treasured, missed and loved by them always.

Family & friends are invited to the viewing for Mel on Thursday, October 8 from 11-1 pm at Krienen Funeral, 101 W. 6th Street, New Castle, 19720. A graveside service will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 2220 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Krienen Funeral Home New Castle DE
    101 West 6th Street
    NEW CASTLE, DE 19720
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 1:30pm
    Gracelawn Memorial Park
    DuPont Highway
    NEW CASTLE, DE 19720
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  • Interment

    Gracelawn Memorial Park
    DuPont Highway
    NEW CASTLE, DE 19720
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Rebecca Koreck

Posted at 10:43am
Sending you and your family my deepest sympathy. What a beautiful obituary and proof of a life well lived. With my thoughts and prayers,
Rebecca Koreck

melanie casey

Posted at 07:27am
When I met my future in-laws I was blessed with "Uncle Mel". His love for his wife & family was always evident. Thanks, Uncle Mel for including this branch of the family in that love. We will miss you. Our heartfelt condolences to all.

Matt Rubincam

Posted at 09:42am
Mel- Rest in peace, my friend. You will always be remembered for your sense of humor and commitment to helping those less fortunate. Thank you for your continued support and friendship over the last twenty years. RIP. Matt Rubincam

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