Joseph Anthony Mellaci, 90, of New Rochelle,
Joseph Anthony Mellaci entered eternal life on August 18, 2022, with his beloved wife at his side, at Calvary Hospital, after a long, brave, battle with Pancreatic Cancer
Joseph is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 67 years, Lucille (Covais), his 3 children: Joseph Mellaci, Jr. and his wife Mime; Diane Murillo and her husband Richard; Rosemarie Mondello and her husband Dean; his 3 beloved grandchildren, Joseph Mellaci, III, and his wife Kristen (Hoffman); Dean Mondello Jr. and his fiancé Gabriella Bianco, and VitaBella Lucille Mellaci. He is also survived by his brother Nunzio Mellaci, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vito and Mimi Covais and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Giacomo and Marie (Magdeglana), his beloved in-laws, Vito and Rosalie Covais, his siblings, Frank, Anna, Mary, Angelina and his brother-in-law, Robert Covais.
Joseph was born in the Bronx, NY on February 15, 1932 to the late Giacomo and Marie Mellaci. He was raised in the Bronx and attended Gompers High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Shortly after his return, Joseph was asked to go on a blind date and met the love of his life, Lucille. They were married on June 18th, 1955. Together, they raised their three children and lived their lives working hard and enjoying whatever made them happy, especially entertaining, and cooking for family and friends. Joseph took pleasure in shucking clams for his wife, and creating delicious dishes for all to enjoy. Lucille and Joseph were a beautiful, vibrant couple that enjoyed going out on the town and truly living their lives to the fullest.
Joseph moved his family to New Rochelle in 1985 where the happiest of memories are still being made. He was a member of the New Rochelle YMCA for over 40 years.
Joseph was a gifted athlete who competed in: Boxing, Baseball, Tennis, Racquetball and Golf. Joseph was often described “The Bull” by his family and close friends. At only 5’6”, he was a strong and a formidable opponent and won many competitions. His strength and courage never waned, a fighter until the very end!
Joseph retired from his lifelong trade of Tool & Die Making in 1997 and he and Lucille were blessed to spend Winters in Sunrise, Florida and Summers at their home in Melody Lake, Monticello, NY and New Rochelle, NY until his illness in late 2020.
In recent years, nothing made Joseph happier than golfing with his grandson, going on yearly cruises, and celebrating special occasions with family and friends. He led a remarkable life and his presence will be missed, while his indomitable spirit will live on in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Hospital, Bronx NY.
Visitation: Sunday, August 21st 3:00-7:00 PM Lloyd Maxcy& Sons Funeral Home
Mass: Monday, August 22nd 10:00 a.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Pelham, NY)
Entombment: Ferncliff Cemetery