BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Salvatore Rocco Melillo, 84, of Berkeley Heights passed away on January 1, 2017 at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Melillo was found unconscious inside his home on December 10 by Princepelina Mendez, a US Postal worker, who called 911. Mendez was concerned when finding Melillo's door opened during her normal delivery. After calling for him with no response, she knew something was very wrong. Melillo was brought to Morristown Memorial Hospital where he passed away three weeks later.
His family finds comfort in that their father did not die alone and that they were able to say their final good byes.
Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial 646 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. The funeral will take place on Thursday, Jan. 5, beginning in the funeral home at 9 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Church, South St., New Providence. Burial in Somerset Hills Cemetery, Basking Ridge. For more information or to send condolences please visit www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com.
Salvatore was born in Newark, to Anthony and Carmella Melillo. He grew up in Newark and moved to Berkeley Heights in 1976.
Salvatore served in the Army during the Korean War. He later became a Newark Police Officer serving for 27 years while also working as a Newark Postal Worker for 41 years. Sal was a dedicated and supportive husband and father to his five children. Religion and education were of the utmost importance to Sal. So much so, that he was committed to attending daily Mass for the last 44 years. Besides his faith, his greatest love of all was his family. You could always find Sal "cheering" in the stands for his children and then continued that same practice with his grandchildren, regularly attending their sporting events. He became affectionately known as "Pop-Pop" Sal.
Salvatore was the beloved husband for 56 years to the late Victoria (née Tenore), loving father of Edmond Melillo, Tina, Anthony Melillo and his wife, Erin, Michael Melillo and his wife, Leslee, Jacqueline Cornetta and her husband, John , and Victoria Brito and her husband, Rey; cherished grandfather of Christopher, Zachary, Sydney, Amanda, Ashley, Justin, Danielle, Jacqueline, Salvatore, Christian, Vincent, Alexander and Mateo; he was pre-deceased by his dear siblings Louis and Jerry Melillo and Minnie Capozzi.
In lieu of flowers kindly consider donations to the Wounded Warriors Project through www.inmemoryof-memorial.org.