Joseph A. Mellone Sr.
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KENNEBUNK - Joseph A. Mellone Sr., 73, of Kennebunk, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, with his devoted family by his side, after a valiant five-month struggle with a rare liver cancer.

He was eldest son of John A. Mellone, M.D., and Evelyn V. (Calabrese) Mellone of Barrington Rhode Island, who pre-deceased him.

He leaves his loving wife, Joan L. Fox, of Kennebunk; his three beloved children, Joseph A. Mellone Jr., of Portland, Michelle Arsenault, of Douglas, Mass., and Melissa Lynch, of Snellville, Ga.; six beautiful grandchildren of whom he was very proud; a sister, Maria V. Mellone, of Barrington; brother, John A. (Jack) Mellone, of Washougal, Wash.; and niece, Jennifer L. Mellone, of Campbell, Calif.

Joe (aka "Koolman") was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Providence, R.I. He graduated from Barrington (R.I.) High School, and as a teen, summered on Conanicut Island, R.I., while working on the Jamestown ferry boats to help fund his college education. To accomplish this end, he also worked for the U.S. Post Office and grocery stores. His schooling was interrupted while he served his two-year obligation in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Beta Psi Alpha fraternity and graduated in 1960 from the University of Rhode Island with a major in mathematics.

At the onset of the computer age, he began his professional career working for IBM in Binghamton, N.Y., in the new position of computer programmer - using the new computer languages of FORTRAN and COBOL. His second position took him to Framingham, Mass., where he worked for Control Data Corporation located on the "silicon highway" of Route 128 in Newton, Mass. In 1968, he joined a start-up company called AutEx Systems in Wellesley, Mass. AutEx had an idea to sell blocks of stock via their computers to large institutions. Joe was instrumental in computer programming and sales support in this endeavor. He was promoted to vice president of systems and operations, where he remained until 1988 when the company was purchased.

As a second career, Joe became a mortgage originator for Shawmut Bank in Newton, Mass., in 1988. He was awarded "Rookie of the Year" in 1989. After 13 years in mortgage origination in Massachusetts, he and Joan decided to settle in Kennebunk, where he went to work for Kennebunk Savings Bank as a loan originator, and where he recently completed his career as one of the bank's couriers.

Everyone knew Joe as a real "go-to" guy, who was always ready to lend a helping hand. He always put others first, before himself, and went the extra mile with friends - whether helping someone find a job, giving financial advice, or even walking their dogs. He was continually searching for life's hidden treasures. He loved astronomy, knew all the constellations, and loved the earth itself and the study of geology. He enjoyed working with his hands - especially with wood - and he was a talented artist, carpenter, gardener, and "fix-it" man. Anyone who saw his workshop was amazed, not only at what it contained, but at how organized it was!

He loved life, people, and animals, and he was a friend to all.

At his request, there are no services, but there will be a "celebration of his life" at a later date. Cremation and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in his name to the Cholangio Carcinoma Foundation at www.cholaniocarcinoma.org; or to the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, Holland Road, Kennebunk, ME 04094. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com


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Published in Seacoastonline.com on Feb. 4, 2010.
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February 24, 2010
Joe Mellone was one of the finest men I have ever known! He was a pleasure to work for and with. I shall always be grateful for his professional support and mentorship and, most of all, his friendship during our days together at AutEx.
George Davis
February 5, 2010
Our condolences to Lisa, Michelle & Joey from the Semple family.
As your Framingham next door neighbors for 6 years, we have wonderful memories of our friendship with your family & especially your Dad. He cared about our 3 children as though they were his own. I remember one Sat. AM in the 1960's when he went to the lumber yard, a sand pit, came home & built a sandbox.It was up & ready by that afternoon. We spent many good times chatting in our yards. He was the nicest man & a great neighbor. We were fortunate to meet him one day @ the Shawmut Bank yrs. ago & reminisce about the good old days on Bryant Rd. Our prayers are with you & your family.
Jean & Bill Semple
February 4, 2010
Dear Joe,Michelle and Lisa,

"No bond is as great as that between a parent and a child....Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve."
May you always have wonderful memories to hold close in your heart.
Your Dad---warmly remembered--sadly missed.
Arrevederci,Joe,RIP.
Carol & Ray Faini
February 2, 2010
My fondest childhood memories are of my times with the Mellone family. Joe and Jack, the big brothers of my best friend, Maria were such an influence on me. I admired them so much. I am so grateful for the friendship I still shared with Joe in recent years; mostly talking about astrology. He was so interesting. But most of all, he was a kind, gentle, senstive man who was full of love. He will be greatly missed. God bless you, Joe.
My sincere condolences to Joan in her time of sorrow.
Donna Jeanne Bass
East Providence, RI
February 2, 2010
I worked with Joe at MetroWest Bank. Joe was a great guy. He always was willing to lend a hand, give you advice and tell some funny stories. He made me laugh.

He was always positive and always looked at life with the glass half full.

Joan, I am sad to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Debbie Reilly
February 1, 2010
I have alot of happy childhood memories with Uncle Joe, in his TR6 convertible, at his house for school vacations, my grandmother's for Thanksgiving, my childhood home for Christmas, and assorted Jamestown locations in the summer. I'm willing to bet that his initials are chisled into a large rock on an undisclosed beach property-- he helped me make mine bolder and deeper!

Joan, I wish you great strength at this time. The same to my cousins Joe, Michelle, and Lisa; plus Aunt Maria, and Dad. Lots of hugs.
Jennifer Mellone
February 1, 2010
I have alot of happy childhood memories with Uncle Joe, in his TR6 convertible, at his house for school vacations, my grandmother's for Thanksgiving, my childhood home for Christmas, and assorted Jamestown locations in the summer. I'm willing to bet that his initials are chisled into a large rock on an undisclosed beach property-- he helped me make mine bolder and deeper!

Joan, I wish you great strength at this time.
The same to my cousins Joe, Michelle, and Lisa; plus Aunt Maria, and Dad. Lots of hugs.
Jennifer Mellone
February 1, 2010
When we were teens there was nothing my big brother Joe wouldn't tackle. There was no rock that we couldn't move with two iron bars, Joe's laugh and him saying, "Let's get it done!"

At 5a.m. Joe could balance his twin babies in one arm, heat the milk to the exact temperature and read a text book at the same time. Then he would drive to college daily, work at night and week ends...getting it done.

Throughout our lives Joe has been with me, laughing and saying, "Let's get it done" He was a gentle giant who will provide many fond memories to all who knew him. Godspeed Joe.
Jack Mellone
February 1, 2010
Joe, Michelle, and Lisa,

Our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Dad. He was a kind man and always a gentleman whom we well remember from your years of living on Bryant Road.
John & Elaine Marchesseault
February 1, 2010
The world has lost a hero! We'll miss Joe! Our thoughts are with you Joan!

Art & Sue
February 1, 2010
Joan and family ~ Joe was one of the most wonderful men we ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was kind, thoughtful and had a wonderful warm smile. we are so glad we had a chance to know him and know he'll be sadly missed by everyone. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Zack & Lisa Harmon
February 1, 2010
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Bibber Family
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