US Air Force

Joseph C. Mello

October 2, 2020



Mello, Joseph C. age 84, Retired Air Force passed away October 2, 2020 in Tampa. He was born in Providence, R.I.  Joseph was the son of the late Antonio and Aldina Pita.

Joseph attended school in Pawtucket, R.I. He also attended the University of Maryland and graduated from St. Leo College with a degree in Business Administration.

Joseph enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 with his first tour at Torrejon AFB, Madrid Spain where he met the love of his life Maria del Carmen Sanz.  They were married in 1959.

After marrying he was stationed during the Cuban Crisis in Westover, Mass AFB for 2 years and then back to Spain to serve in the Spanish Air Ministry for 4 years.  From there he was stationed at the Pentagon and was in Communications.  After 4 years at the Pentagon he went to Vietnam.  After returning from Vietnam Joe was stationed in Zaragoza, Spain before retiring at MacDill AFB.

Joe will be greatly missed by his wife of 61 years Maria (Mary) del Carmen and his children Maria Sumner and her husband Rick, Joe and his wife Kimberly and his grandson Geoffrey.  He leaves behind a brother John Pita and sister Leonora Donovan, a special niece Leslie Buckley and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Also, Peter and Nancy Skemp who are like family.

He is predeceased by his brothers Bernardino Pita, Manuel Pita and a sister Gloria Andrade.


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Graveside Service
October 13, 2020

10:00 AM
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.,
St, Petersburg, FL 33708

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