Vincent Meli,Beloved husband and father Vincent A. Meli has been welcomed into heaven on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the age of 85. He was the loving son of immigrants Frank and Mary Meli of Rochester, NY. Vince was a devoted family man and in 1951 married Lois Hvolbeck, whom he loved for 62 wedded years. They had four adoring children: Christine Meli-Petrakopoulos, with husband Nikitas and children Alexander and Andreea; Frank Meli with children Alexis, Adrian, and Marissa; Vynnie Meli with husband Gregg Marcus and daughters Kylie and Quinn; and Lisa Meli with son Jessen and daughter Selena. He was a devoted family man and a driven scholar and graduate of the University of Florida. He was an honorable soldier in both the army and the Air Force, serving in Japan and Korea. Vince was a creative and celebrated professional engineer for Eastman Kodak and Director of Engineering from 1978-92. He created numerous innovative patents around the world. It is said by his friends and associates that even more than his brilliance, he was known for his enormous heart. Vince exemplified kindness with the frequent, generous donations he made to a variety of important causes, including St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. He was a good friend to many, and generous and respectful to all he met. He is fondly remembered, leaving a legacy of impeccable organization and design, lively humor and spirit, grace and compassion for his fellow man, and limitless love for his family. He always said family is the greatest gift in life. Dear Lord, please bless and watch over him. We love him now and always. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 16, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St. West, Bradenton, FL. Services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., in the chapel at St. Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. West, Bradenton, FL. Donations can be made in Vince's name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
Brown and Sons 43rd Street - Bradenton
604 43rd Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209
Published in The Bradenton Herald on July 14, 2012