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Joseph G. Duffy

255 Ninth Street, Brooklyn, NY

OBITUARY

Jessica Eileen Melore

January 4, 1982September 25, 2019
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Jessica Eileen Melore, born on January 4, 1982, passed away on September 25, 2019 at the age of 37.

Jessica was born in New York City, and lived there until the age of 11 when her family moved to Branchburg, NJ. She enjoyed playing tennis, participating in school plays, and singing in the school choirs. At the age of 16, Jessica suffered a massive heart attack. Nine months later, she received a heart transplant, and shortly after graduated from Somerville High School. Jessica attended Princeton University, graduating in 2003, and received the Service to the Nation Award.

Following college, Jessica resided in New York City, where she lived and worked for the next sixteen years. She was a leader in communications, health education, and community and employee engagement who was passionate about helping others fulfill their greatest potential and live their best quality of life. Besides her full-time career, Jessica was a professional motivational speaker, appearing internationally at many conferences and events. She became a tireless advocate for organ donation and helped raise awareness for cancer survivors as well those who are physically challenged. Jessica loved to travel, visiting numerous countries across Europe, Asia, South America, and Oceania. She was a self-described “foodie”, frequenting a vast array of restaurants across New York City. She also loved attending concerts, in particular Indie Rock and Opera. Jessica lived for twenty years with her heart transplant, was a leg amputee, and was a three- time cancer survivor. She lived life to the fullest despite her adversity, which earned her the nickname "Wonder Woman".

Jessica is survived by her parents Thomas and Ellen, her brother Matthew, sister-in-law Jennifer, and many loving friends and family members.

A celebration of Jessica’s life will be held from 3-8pm on Wednesday, October 2nd at Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY. Limited metered street parking is available, as well as a parking garage at Paramount Car Park LLC, 353 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Nearby subway stops include the F/G train 4 Ave- 9 St station and the R train 9 St station.

A Funeral Mass will take place at 11am on Thursday, October 3rd at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Brooklyn, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harboring Hearts at www.harboringhearts.org/donate and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Jim Rhatican

October 6, 2019

I am shocked to learn of Jessica's passing. I knew her through the Sharing Network, meeting her about ten years ago. As a volunteer, I was inspired by her story and motivated by her enthusiasm and dedication to promote organ donation. She truly was a beautiful person who will be missed. She has touched thousands and who knows how many lives she has saved. God bless her and she is an angel in heaven. RIP.

Ari Samsky

October 2, 2019

I lived across the hall from Jess during our freshmen year at Princeton. I will always remember her kindness, humor and unflagging optimism. She was genuine, and extraordinary. My thoughts are with her family.

Rich Anginoli

October 2, 2019

So sad to have lost such a truly great person. People like Jessica are so few in the world today. Rest In Peace kid..

Rebekah Palmer

October 2, 2019

I met Jessica this past March in Texas along with 8 other people who shared transplant and cancer stories. She was most eloquent in speaking her journey and passionate and kind with the whole group. We talked about the play How To Succeed in Business as she was in high school when she played Miss Jones and I was then currently playing the mailroom businessman, Mr. Matthews. I looked forward to her Instagram/Facebook messages when I was online. What a beautiful woman and soul. I am sorry for her loss in her family, friends, and her world.

Peter Peter

October 1, 2019

I only knew Jessica from her instagram page, but she was so optimistic and such a fighter. This is terribly sad news. My heart goes out to Jessica's family. The world needs more people like Jessica Melore. May her memory be a blessing to you.

Annette Brennan

October 1, 2019

I read Jessica's story on MSN.com a few years ago and I started to follow her on Instagram right after that. I never read about anyone who went through so much and was still going strong. I can't explain how hard this hit me. She gave me strength when I was going through stuff. I loved the fact that she always commented back to EVERYONE who sent her a message. She was so cool! I felt like I knew her. She was such an angel. We were all lucky to know her. Annette

Ann Altman

October 1, 2019

Jessica was my officemate at Ogilvy in 2004. She was kind and funny and provided tremendous perspective and friendship when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May of that year. Her memory is a blessing.

Nanda Anand

October 1, 2019

I met Jessica at a TEDx Talk in Brooklyn on June 2nd , 2019. I was mesmerized by her ability to radiate such love and beauty , even when she talked about her experiences in dealing with her health. I reached out to her after the event and we forged a friendship . We were planning to meet up but somehow that never happened . We became Instagram friends . It is truly an honor to have met
Jessica ! Her radiant beauty and amazing fortitude will be remembered forever . Thank you for your friendship Jessica . Love , Nanda

Tammy Eckert

September 30, 2019

My love and condolences to Ellen, Tom, Matt and Jennifer.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
I met Jess through organ donation. Jess was one of the most amazing, inspiring and courageous woman I have ever met.
I am so grateful that our families got to meet each other. My family was able to tag along on her incredible journey!
Words can not ever express my deepest sorrow at her loss.
You will always and forever be my hero!
RIP dear Jess, I will miss you.
Luv u 4 E
Tammy

Susan Kolesar

September 30, 2019

I met Jessica at the NJ Share Network. I invited her to come speak at Westfield High School many years ago. I continue to tell my students about her frequently, as she was, is, and always will be one of my true heroes. I will miss her amazing spirit and following her travel adventures on-line. She is an example to all of us to live life to the fullest and to always appreciate the little things, like breathing fresh air. I wish I could be there for her service. I’m sending a virtual hug to all those who love her. She was such a gift to this world.