Donald Melillo

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Donald J. Melillo, Sr., 86, of Danbury, beloved husband of Elizabeth "Betty" Melillo, passed away peacefully at Danbury Hospital, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
Donald was born in Danbury, son of the late Vincent and Rose (Bonadio) Melillo. He was a graduate of St. Joseph School class of 1940 and graduated from Danbury High School in 1944. He had been a registered Boy Scout since 1940 and had served as leader of Scout Troop 33, leading many trips to National Jamborees, and had been awarded the Adults Silver Beaver, St. George Bronze Pelican Catholic Scouters Key and was named the Scouter of the Year in 1960. He served in the Army during the end of WWII and received the Victory Medal and Meritorious Service Insignia. He married Betty Wimsey in 1948 and went on to open his own floral shop known as Don's Flowers, where he was known for his success and skills in design. He was a member and Past President of the Danbury Exchange Club, from whom he received the Book of Golden Deeds Award for outstanding service to his community. He was a member of Danbury Drum Corps since 1940 and served as a Past President. He had served as a musical director for many other drum corps in the area including the Catholic War Veterans Drum Corps. He was an organizer for many Memorial Day Parades and helped organize the 1976 Bicentennial Parade and 1983 Tricentennial Parade. He was the recipient of the Danbury Old Timers Award, a longtime member of St. Joseph Church, where he served as an Usher and member of the Lay Board, a member of Catholic War Veterans, Vespucci Lodge #160 and Danbury Veterans Council, as well as a former Board of Director of Scott Fanton Museum.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Donald J. Melillo, Jr and wife Cindy of Westchester, OH and daughter Joyce DeGross and husband John of Danbury, his sister Marie Cesca of Danbury, five grandchildren: Trisha Andrews, Keri DeGross, Laurie DeGross, Kristin Metzger and Stephanie Finelli, as well as five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Carmen, Samuel and George Melillo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Danbury, on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Published in News Times on Aug. 15, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Green Funeral Home
57 Main St | Danbury, CT 06810 | (203) 748-2131
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