MECCIA, Alban "Bud", 90, of Lake Placid went to be with his Lord on Tuesday May 27, 2014 at his residence. He was born on January 14, 1924 in Garfield, NJ to parents Maria and Marion Meccia. After graduating from high school, Mr. Meccia enlisted in the US Army where he served with the 2nd Ranger Battalion in E-Company and fought in several campaigns, Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. He landed at Ponte-Du-Hoc on D-Day. He moved on through France to the Battle of the Bulge and through the Battle of HÃ¼rtgen Forest. It was the longest battle in history the United States Army ever fought. It lasted from September to December. While in the service Mr. Meccia received several decorations and citations including the Purple Heart. After being honorably discharged, with the rank of Staff Sergeant, Mr. Meccia moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL where he was owner and operator of Lauderdale Motors. Mr. Meccia moved to Lake Placid in 1981 from Ft. Lauderdale. A pilot, Mr. Meccia enjoyed traveling with his family and taking photographs of the many places he visited and he loved spending time with both his family and friends especially the reunions with his 2nd Ranger Battalion brothers. Mr. Meccia was of the Lutheran Faith. Mr. Meccia is preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years Stella, his sons, Alban P. and Arthur R. Meccia. He is survived by his loving son, William of Ft. Lauderdale, a granddaughter Apryl Marie Meccia and three grandsons, Eric James, Arthur Martin and William Anthony Meccia. A service to celebrate Mr. Meccia's life will be held 11:00 AM Saturday June 21, 2014 at the Scott Funeral Home 504 W. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid with Rev. Richard Norris officiating. Full Military Honors presented by the VFW Post 4300 Honor Guard. Mr. Meccia will be laid to rest 1:00 PM on Monday June 23, 2014 next to his beloved wife Stella at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Words of comfort to the family and a video tribute of Mr. Meccia's life can be seen by visiting www.scottfuneralservices.com. Cremation services are entrusted to the Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid, FL 863-465-4134
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Published in TBO.com on June 8, 2014