Died: October 30, 2010
Walter M. "Mello" Barbaresi, 99, formerly of 12 Thomas St., died Saturday, October 30, 2010 in Oakdale Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, after a brief illness. His wife of 74 years, Nellie M. (Bevilacqua) Barbaresi predeceased him on August 15, 2010.
He is survived by two daughters: Patricia James, wife of the late George B., of Lancaster, and Donna Cronin and her husband, Walter, of Warwick, RI; two grandchildren: Amy McManus and her husband, John Paterson of Chicago, IL, and Kathryn McManus of Providence, RI; two step-grandchildren: Michael James and his wife, Cherie of Madison, NJ, and Steven James and his wife, Maria of Hillsborough, CA; two great-grandchildren: Graham & Avery Paterson of Chicago, IL; six step-great-grandchildren: Lindsey, Bryan, Michael & Olivia James of Madison, NJ and Matthew & Sarah James of Hillsborough, CA; numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Henry N. Barbaresi and a sister, Clara Pauri predeceased him. Mello also leaves behind the wonderful caregivers and staff at Sunrise Assisted Living of Leominster.
Mello was born in South Ashburnham, the son of Pasquale and Remeglia (Galli) Barbaresi. At the age of three, he emigrated to Italy where he was raised and educated, and returned to the United States in 1925.
For 26 years he owned and operated Mello's Army & Navy Store on High Street. Upon retiring, he continued to work part time for 20 years at The International Golf Course in Bolton, until he was 91.
He was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church; a member of the Clinton Council Knights of Columbus, and a Fourth Degree Knight. He was a former Corporator of the Clinton Savings Bank and remained an active member of the YMCA in Worcester, until the age of 93. A devoted husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his family, he was loved and especially admired for his incredible work ethic.
Mello's funeral will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St. with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a calling hour at the funeral home on Friday morning, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to the funeral Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mello to the Clinton Hospital Foundation, 201 Highland St., Clinton, MA 01510 or to St. John's Church Restoration Fund, 149 Chestnut St., Clinton, MA 01510