DEL REY OAKS – Melvin Earle Buffo, 95, passed away on September 7, 2013. Melvin and his family moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1948, when he began his 30-year musical teaching career. He taught at many elementary and junior high schools in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. At Fremont Junior High (1952-1979), Mel created top concert and jazz bands and orchestras. Mr. Buffo was a beloved mentor to countless students, some of whom went on to become professional musicians and music teachers themselves. Mel's reputation as a talented, tough-but-fair, and consummate music teacher was known throughout Monterey County. Melvin received many awards for his outstanding teaching throughout the years, including a United States Congressional Award. After retirement, Melvin was a part-time music teacher at Monterey Peninsula College for several years and also took musical composition and arranging classes.
Melvin, devoted husband and father, was predeceased by beloved wife of over 71 years, Dorothy and his son-in-law, James P. Martinez (Kem). Celebrating his life are his six children, Kem Martinez of Daly City, CA; Holly Buffo of Reston, VA; Andrew Buffo of Del Rey Oaks, CA; Sarah Cage (Castro) of Las Vegas, NV; Celia Junsay (Henry) of Seaside, CA; Stacey Buffo of Auburn, WA; his sister-in-law, Vera Zumwalt of Antioch, CA; his grandchildren, Christopher Buffo, Michael Junsay, and Benjamin Junsay; his great-grandchildren, Kira and Aloya Buffo; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013, 11:00am at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1475 La Salle Ave., Seaside, CA, followed by a reception to celebrate Melvin's life at the Monterey Elks Lodge
, 150 Mar Vista Dr., Monterey, CA. All are welcome.
A scholarship fund has been established to honor Melvin. Please send donations to the MPC Foundation, 980 Fremont Blvd., Monterey, CA 93940, in care of the "Melvin Buffo Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund". Visit www.legacy.com
to offer online condolences.