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Apr. 22, 1929 - May 25, 2012
Edward R. Mello, 83, of North Port, Florida, passed on May 25, 2012. Ed was born in Fall River, Mass, the son of Hortense and Manuel Mello (deceased). Ed joined the U.S.Navy at the end of World War II and served during the Korean and Vietnam War eras. He enjoyed a distinguished career in aviation and retired in 1972 after 24 years of service. During his military career, he had many exciting experiences including time spent at the NADC in Johnsville, assignments at Moffett Field, California and in Hawaii. He was a true patriot who loved serving his country. Upon retiring from the military, he continued to find success in civilian life.
Ed Mello was a dedicated husband to his wife Betty Mello who died on 4/12/2002. They were married for 52 years. Together they lovingly raised three children, Niki, Patrick and William. He provided the stable guiding force that his family could always count on.
Ed leaves behind his children: daughter, Niki; sons, Patrick and William; his grandchildren, Trenton, Sarah, Ryan, Jonathon, Christian, Rebecca, Shaun, Allen and Brandon, 10 great grandchildren, and beloved daughter-in-laws, Dawn, Sandi and Debi. After the death of his wife, he met and enjoyed a loving relationship with his significant other, Trudy Cimo. Ed loved and was devoted to his family. He was deeply loved and a wonderful role model to all. He will be deeply missed.
Ed loved playing golf with his golf buddies. He was a lover of dogs and cared deeply for each one that entered his life. He always had a smile for the girls and a twinkle in his eye. His family smiles in remembrance of his mischievous younger self in the alter ego of Joe Skapooch. May Joe Skapooch live on forever!
For his many friends, his family will hold a visitation at Farley Funeral Home on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 2-4p.m. with a service beginning at 4p.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Program or .
In accordance with his wishes, his final resting place will be among his fellow heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. A service celebrating his life will be held following his burial.

Published in Herald Tribune from May 30 to May 31, 2012
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