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911 Englewood Avenue
BUFFALO, NY 14223
Phone: (716) 836-2935
Fax: (716) 836-2936
Frederick Meli

Frederick P. Meli

Sunday, August 12th, 1934 - Friday, September 6th, 2019
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Meli, Frederick P. "Fred" (Coast Guard Emblem First) - September 6, 2019 - Devoted husband of Joanne (nee Ricciardelli) Meli. Loving father of Barbara (Bruce) Reinagel, David (Laura) Meli. Stephen (Liane) Meli and Rebecca (Kevin) Cornwell. Dear grandfather of Melissa (Ty), Allison, Hannah, Jacob, Abbigael, Ethaen, Callista, Dominic and Cameron. Great grandfather of Giovanna Romanello. Brother of Angeline Ciolino, Angelo Meli, Mary Lauden and the late Roseanne Bonfigilo, John Meli and Rose Meli. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc., 911 Englewood Ave. on Monday, Sept. 9th from 4 to 8 PM. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Amelia Church (2999 Eggert Road Tonawanda, NY 14150) on Tuesday, Sept. 10th at 9:00 AM. Please assemble at Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred's memory to St. Vincent DePaul Society. Share condolences at www.mertzfh.com
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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 9th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, September 9th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    911 Englewood Ave.
    Buffalo, NY 14223
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 | 9:00am
    When
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 9:00am
    Location
    St. Amelia Church
    Address
    2999 Eggert Rd.
    Tonawanda, NY 14150
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  • Interment

    Location
    Forest Lawn Cemetery
    Address
    1411 Delaware Ave.
    Buffalo, NY 14209
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Karen Fischer

Posted at 05:49am
I had known Fred since the mid-80's working on the Grand Island Bridges in my early career as an Inspector. He was an mentor in my early career in bridge and highway construction, Without his mentoring, I would not have been nearly as successful over the years. He was a wonderful human being, fun loving and kind. The world has lost an awesome man.
JJ

Joseph S. Logan, Jr.

Posted at 02:37pm
Joanne and family: I was very saddened on hearing of Fred's passing. I have known Fred since the early '90's thru ABCD WNY. He added passion and a sense of pure dedication to his time in the organization, and drove all of us to move the group to a leading role in Western New York bridge community. ABCD WNY would not be where it is today without Fred; the organization provides education, camaraderie, and leadership to the WNY chapters because of his spirit and leadership, and the chapter leads the way of the bridge organizations in NY due to his vision. I am truly blessed and honored to have known him and worked with him during my career - he was an inspiration to us "younger" engineers!
Joe Logan, PE

Scott Carpenter

Posted at 09:41am
I had the pleasure of getting to know Fred through our work at NY SEMO. Visiting Fred and Gino was always the highlight of any trip I had to Buffalo - be it his homemade wine (and spilling it in his van), pasta fasoola at Santasiero's, or just talking about our families, Fred's warmth and kindness always made me feel like I was a member of his family, not just a coworker. He and I spoke so many times through our years working together, I think I still have his SEMO cell memorized - I know he would have gotten a kick out of that!

I will remember Fred incredibly fondly. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who loved him.

Lee Cohen

Posted at 06:00pm
I will always remember Fred for his enjoyment of and devotion to opera. He was a proud member of OperaBuffs, including serving as president of the organization many years ago. I shall miss his enthusiasm and knowledge.

Lee Cohen
JD

John Debboli

Posted at 08:52am
I first met Fred in New York City while we were deployed by (then SEMO) for the 911 Disaster. I never had any experience as this was my first disaster deployment but Fred made my stay there much more palatable due to his great personality. I will never forget that experience and be forever grateful to him for making my first deployment as good as it was. I am still employed by DHSES, Recovery Section in Albany, NY and will always remember him fondly.
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends for the great loss and remind all that Fred is now enjoying his greatest reward for a life well lived.
John Debboli
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