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Francesco Mele



The peaceful passing of Frank Mele occurred on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at his home in Edmonton, surrounded by his family. Frank left San Giovanni in Fiore, a small town in Cosenza, Italy, in 1951. He arrived in Calgary, meeting his father Biagio and his brother Antonio (Tony). Despite his desire to one day go back home, Frank settled and lived a full life in Edmonton. Frank was a home vintner, mechanic, welder, concrete layer and a general ‘tinkerer’ of all things mechanical. He did all this to make a better life for himself and to help any and all those around him including but especially family and friends. He enjoyed the comfort of his home all of these years and indeed his passing at the kitchen table at home, was where he spent many of his most cherished moments. The secret to his 89 years was hard work, passion in his beliefs (which may have included a fiery outburst every so often), loving thy neighbor, a good plate of pasta and a few glasses of his wine.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Serafina; 4 children Biagio (Pamela), Francesco, (Alison), Mario (Andrea) and Renata (Brian); 9 Grandchildren Bria, Reid, Matthias, Clark, Sofia, Dominic, Ambriella, Alessia and Breanna.

Relatives and friends are invited to the celebration of his life and death through a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 1:00 PM, at Santa Maria Goretti Catholic Church (located at 9110-110 Avenue NW, Edmonton). As he desired, Frank will return to San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy for a full Christian burial at a date to be determined.

Special thanks to all of his personal caregivers including Jessie, Yolanda, Teodelette, Rosalina, Mildred, Rosario, Kamal and Dr. Douglas Duke and Teresa Genge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Frank’s name to the Society of Seniors Caring about Seniors (www.sscas.com) #100 6770-129 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta, T5C 1B7).

In Loving Memory of
Francesco Mele
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Funeral Service:
Funeral Mass
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
1:00 PM
Santa Maria Goretti
9110 - 110 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
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