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Leonard Mello

06/12/1945 - 04/15/2021

Obituary For Leonard Mello

Leonard Lenny Mello, Sr, 75, of Swansea, formerly of Fall River, died Thursday, April 15, 2021, after battling Parkinsons Disease and pneumonia. Born in Fall River, son of the late Edmund Mello Sr. and Julia (Rodrigues) Del Toro and step-son of the late Biagio F. Del Toro. He had one sister, the late Mary Furtado, and one surviving brother, Edmund Mello. Being raised by a single mom, he always looked out for his brother and sister.

At age 17, he left Fall River and his family to find work in Arizona. After turning 18, he enlisted in the Navy and was a plank owner on the USS Ogden (LPD-5) and served in Vietnam from 1966-1967 directly supporting amphibious combat operations with the United States Marine Corps Seventh Fleet. As a proud SEABEE, he again served in Vietnam with MCB-12 where he supported multiple combat operations from 1968 1969. He was awarded the Combat Action Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 service stars (each representing a military campaign) and Combat Operations Insignia for supporting the US Marine Corp operations, the Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with 3 stars. Lenny served from 1970 - 1988 in the US Navy Reserves as a SEABEE and from 1988 - 1989 in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

After Vietnam, Lenny was a Teamster and worked for Swansea Concrete. He then started L.J. Mello & Sons, Inc and completed concrete and other construction work for over 35 years. He snowplowed for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Lenny was a proud patriot, always flying the American Flag and SEABEE Flag at home. He loved serving in the Colonial Navy of Massachusetts for several years. Lenny loved his kids and supported the Case High Marching Band, coached Swansea Independent Baseball League, and always helped those in need around the community. He was a father figure to multiple people he ran across and helped throughout his life. After retiring, Lenny enjoyed his favorite dog Buddy, built wooden toy and jewelry boxes, visited his grandchildren and continued to do what his wife told him to do.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Julie Mello. He was an amazing father and is survived by his three children: Leonard Mello Jr. and his wife Sherri of Gloucester, RI, Colonel Jason B. Mello and his wife Claire of Ashburn, VA and Holly A. Dimitriadis and her husband Chris of Australia. He loved his entire family and is survived by his eight grandchildren Madison, Taylor, Amelia, Kieran, London, Molly, Colin and Bianca; and his Goddaughter Julia Furtado-Lavoie of New Bedford, MA.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 9:00AM from Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main Street, Warren.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, April 19, 2021, from 4-7PM in the funeral home.

Burial will take place in St. Marys Cemetery, Bristol.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the, Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 (https://www.parkinson.org) or to the Swansea Animal Shelter, 68 Stevens Road, Swansea, MA, 02777.

Information/On-Line condolences please visit- www.wjsmithfh.com

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On behalf of the MCB-12 Association please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of (Lenny) EO1 Leonard Mello. Fair Winds and Following Seas Rest Easy SEABEE We Have The Watch
- Jason Mello
My family is sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Someone as special as Lenny will never be forgotten.
- Jason Mello
Having my dad walk me down the aisle and having a father/daughter dance was always a dream of mine, and iâ??m so happy this daddyâ??s girl dream came true. Such a proud moment for both of us and my mom. I have so many fond memories of my dad with me growing up, with him always being so silly and making us laugh or shake our heads. He worked so hard, and was so proud of the work he did. He was generous to all and so kind especially to animals, including all the pigeons and birds at the house which he always got in trouble for. I will miss him so much, but know heâ??s now an angel for my mom, Bianca, me, and the rest of his loving family.
- Jason Mello
Having my dad walk me down the aisle and having a father/daughter dance was always a dream of mine, and iâ??m so happy this daddyâ??s girl dream came true. Such a proud moment for both of us and my mom. I have so many fond memories of my dad with me growing up, with him always being so silly and making us laugh or shake our heads. He worked so hard, and was so proud of the work he did. He was generous to all and so kind especially to animals, including all the pigeons and birds at the house which he always got in trouble for. I will miss him so much, but know heâ??s now an angel for my mom, Bianca, me, and the rest of his loving family.
- Jason Mello
Our condolences to Julie and the entire family. Thinking of you.
- Jason Mello
Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Pauline and Rene Duphily (Mike Ponte sister)
- Jason Mello
Our thoughts and prayers to the family please except our deepest condolences and a sincere thank you to Lenny for his service to our country may he Rest In Peace
- Jason Mello
Julie i'm sorry to hear Lenny lost the fight. His family meant everything to him and he was so proud of them all.You were his rock and to many family members who passed. My prayers and love are always with you all.
- Jason Mello
It has been a week since we lost you to heaven. I greatly miss you Dad.
- Jason Mello

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