Jerry J. Mele
May 2, 1925 – November 17, 2019
Jerry J. Mele, age 94, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 17, 2019. He was born May 2, 1925 in lower Manhattan to Rosalie and Nicolas Mele. He is predeceased by his dear wife of sixty-nine years, Ann Marie, as well as his four sisters, Bina, Ann, Helen, and Marie, and one adoring brother, Bob. In the days from his birth to his death Jerry lived the fullest of lives that truly exemplified the “Greatest Generation”. He served his country aboard the submarine USS-Blackfin SS-322 in the Pacific theater from 1943- 1946. His submarine and crew were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for delivering critically needed supplies in an effort to liberate the Philippine Islands. He attended Iona College on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation he found his life-long vocation as a teacher in the Yonkers school system. While attending Hunter College for his Master’s in Education he accepted a position in the Science Department of Pelham Memorial High School.
It was at Pelham Memorial that his greatest impact was felt. Jerry was a mentor, a coach, and a guiding light in encouraging his students to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. Up to his last days he would receive calls and letters from former students thanking him for all his encouragement during their school years. Some would say that they would not be who they are today if it was not for him.
Jerry is survived by his son Richard (Patricia) and daughter Allison (Thomas); “Pop” was a devoted grandfather to Patrick Mele and Mary-Kate Smitherman (Christopher), and great grandson, Charles Richard. He was loved by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
To honor his life, family and friends will gather to pay their respects 2 pm to 4 pm and 6pm to 8 pm Wednesday, November 20 at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich, Connecticut. A mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 178 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, Connecticut at 10 am on Thursday November 21. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.
- Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 21, 2019
Jerry J. Mele
December 5, 2019
A Wonderful Man!
November 21, 2019
Jerry Mele - A super guy. I remember my days at Davenport Beach Club where the Meles were members and Mr. Mele was always there with a smile on his face, telling jokes and interacting with us kids. My parents were good friends with Jerry and Ann Marie and spent much time with them. I am so happy to have known Jerry and I sent my thoughts to his family and loved ones.
November 20, 2019
"JJ" was the best. I go back to 1959-60 with him teaching 9th Grade General Science. Memories of him still bring a smile.
Patricia De.Angelis Fife
November 19, 2019
Mr. Mele was the first teacher I met when I started Pelham High School. I was new to the community and school. Mr. Mele was my home room teacher. He made me feel welcomed and comfortable. Later he was my science teacher. He made science both challenging and fun. Mr. Mele was also a friend of my Dad's. He was very nice and welcoming to him when they were both residents at the Atria. Mr. Mele was loved and will be fondly remembered and missed.
November 19, 2019
We have only the fondest memories of both Anne Marie and Jerry. How happy those days at the beach clubs were. My greatest memory was stopping to eat at a restaurant where we couldn’t get a table and Mr. Mele pretended that my Father in law was an ambassador from another country and Jerry was his consult. Needless to say we laughed historically but got a table. Our deepest sympathy to the family. He was loved and will be missed.
November 18, 2019
Mr. Mele was one of the best teachers I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Student engagement was his forte and he kept it up outside of class with a kind word for whoever he passed in the hallway, whether one of his students or not. I have spent a good deal of my career either training or speaking and I had him mind when using humor to get the point across.
I don't remember a lot of teachers that I had over 55 years ago but I do remember Mr. Mele.
November 18, 2019
Hal Wissel Jerry Mele World War II Hero. Great teacher and my Godfather.
Kathleen Cottrell Hecker Loved Mr. Mele!! Science was the best!!
Edgar J. Lee Very nice man, and great teacher!
Rosanne Matteo Potenzo Great photo of a wonderful man!
Kathleen Gordon Rowland Loved Mr.Mele - ran into him in Ct some years ago because his son owned a local restaurant - he was so friendly and welcoming
Kristine Massari Everyone's favorite Science teacher and a very dear family friend.
Gerald M. Therrien My Science teacher and good friend!!
Bob Archigian Did you know Jerry Mele was a Submariner!
Edgar J. Lee Yes Bob
Bob Archigian In 7th grade we had Archie Decker the Drill Sargent, and Jerry was the other Science teacher and the new guy on the block.
Susan Brainard I remember him well!
Ron Ingrasin My favorite all time teacher
Roger Oxee Loved JJ, great guy and teacher.
Sheryl Clark To this day I remember the planets in order from the sun thanks to JJ. He was a great teacher.
Thomas Bonfiglio The Nose Knows. Sorry and saddened to learn that his wife recently passed away.
Rosanne Matteo Potenzo A wonderful man and a great teacher!
Edgar J. Lee Great teacher and friend, use to always call me Lee.
Tom Carroll I remember when he appeared on “The Match Game”.
Roger Oxee JJ a great teacher and person
Linda Lord Antilla He looks great...a bit older but so are we! And he always called me “Lord”!
Ron Ingrasin Linda he was funny that way, he always called me Ingrasin. If he called me by my first name, I would worry.
Tom Tripodi On the first quiz in his class I was so nerves I wrote Thomas Thomas for my name. He called me that every time he saw me.
John Morizi One of my all time favorite people. God bless that man!
Paul J Pallett He is doing fine. Bumped into him at the Dentist at 4 Corners.
Living large up in Rye NY. In Osborn Assisted Living
Marita Johnson Wrona Wow. How old is he now. He is such a Trooper
Frank Petraglia He said I was not only Rude but Crude.Love