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Mr Joseph Arruda Mello

January 26, 1922 ~ May 16, 2018 (age 96)

Mr. Joseph Arruda Mello, age 96 of High Street, Bristol, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Mary Adeline (Sousa) Mello, his wife of 68 years.

Born in Fenais de Ajuda, Acores, he was a son of the late Manuel Arruda Mello and Rosa deMelo Claudina. During WWII, Joseph served in the Portuguese Army. Joseph was a machine operator for the former Carr-Fulflex Co., formerly in Bristol for many years, retiring in 1984. He owned and operated Mello Landscaping Company, Bristol, now continued in operation by his son. Joseph was a communicant of St. Elizabeth’s Church and a member of the Santo Cristo Club in Bristol. He was an avid gardener and loved soccer and was a lifelong Benfica fan.

In addition to his wife, he leaves, four children; Mary Mello Brown (Warren) of Bristol, Fatima Mello of East Providence, Joseph A. Mello (Ann) and Margaret “Peggy” Murgo (Kenneth) both of Bristol, six grandchildren; Lindsey Brown McLravy (Charles), Kenneth T. Murgo, Kyle J. Mello, Tyler J. Murgo, Danielle A. Mello and Tianna L. Murgo and his devoted caregiver, Clara Gonsalves. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Maria Gabriela Sousa Mello and seven siblings.

Funeral services from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood Street, Bristol, Monday, May 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Church, 577 Wood Street, Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol. Visiting hours Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the RI Chapter APDA, P.O. Box 41659, Providence, RI 02940 or online at For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to

Donations may be made to:

American Parkinson Disease Association - RI Chapter
P.O. Box 41659, Providence RI 02940

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