Pols remember Dr. Mel

A handful of Connecticut lawmakers have issued statements reacting to the death of Dr. Mel Goldstein, veteran WTNH Channel 8 meteorologist, from cancer:

Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman:

“Dr. Mel was more than a meteorologist – with his charming character, warm smile and friendly personality, he became an icon in Connecticut and was loved by many.  Over the years, he entered the homes of millions of residents and in many ways became a member of our own families.  He dedicated his working life to ensuring that the residents of Connecticut were prepared for whatever tumultuous weather system may approach, and for that we are forever thankful.  In true Dr. Mel fashion, he always handled himself with grace and dignity.  We send our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and staff at WTNH.  He will be missed.”

Former state Attorney General-turned-U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Greenwich:

“Dr. Mel was a dear friend and great public servant, who made every day brighter regardless of the weather. He committed his life to making others happier, and bringing sunshine into their lives through acts of kindness, small and large. He faced both life and death with profound and powerful grace, caring, and courage. I will miss him as a friend and model of humanity and humor.”

Retiring U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Stamford:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Mel Goldstein, who for decades bestowed his warm personality and excellent meteorology into homes across Connecticut.  His service and commitment to our state will not be forgotten, and he will certainly be missed.  Hadassah’s and my thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family and his loved ones.”

Brian Lockhart