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Gilbert M. Mello
August 27, 1937 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Gilbert M Mello, 86, of Newburyport MA passed away on February 2, 2024.
Gil was the only child of Mary and Domingos Mello. He was born on August 27, 1937 in New Bedford, MA. He suffered the loss of his father at the young age 6 and was raised by his mother with whom he remained close until her death in 1983.
Education was always important to Gil. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1959 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and continued to Northeastern University where he received his Master’s in Electrical Engineering in 1964. His first job was with RCA. That was followed with a stint at NASA and finally Raytheon where he ended his over 30-year career in 2002.
Gil met his future wife through family friends and after a 4-year courtship they married in 1965. They bought their first home in Bedford, MA at the start of their marriage and eventually settled in Concord MA. Gil and Margarida raised 3 beautiful children together. Gil was a wonderful husband and father. He taught himself the intricacies of soccer so that he could coach his children’s soccer teams. He loved all sports but particularly he loved watching his children and later his grandchildren play sports. Gil was a staple at his grandchildren’s soccer games. He was also a lover of music and musicals. And although he liked to go to Boston to see a show, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in their recitals, concerts, and musicals even more. Gil loved to help by taking his grandchildren to their practices, games or lessons because the best conversations could be had on those drives.
Although his profession was that of engineer Gil was an historian at heart. Gil would devour history books. He loved all history from ancient Rome to US history. There wasn’t a time in history that he wasn’t knowledgeable about or interested in. He loved to talk history and politics with his children and grandchildren. He also loved to expose his family to art and science museums, always with a map in his pocket. Gil loved to travel, and he and Margarida were able to travel to sites all over Europe. They particularly loved to travel with their grandchildren, visiting places like Cape Cod, Disney World, and Hershey Park.
Gil loved traveling because it combined so many of his loves. He enjoyed learning about different cultures, their history, language and food. Gil particularly loved dining out and trying new foods and different restaurants. Gil got so much joy from a great meal with family and friends.
Gil was loved more than he could ever know and will be missed most desperately by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Margarida (Carreiro), his children David (Jesamine) Mello, Elaine (Eric) Bucher and Janet (Dean) Wetherbee. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Laura (Ethan) Peck, Christina (Gordon) Battles, Benjamin Wetherbee, Isabel Wetherbee, Rachel Bucher and Jackson Wetherbee.
The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements. A Celebration of Life is to follow at a later time.
In lieu of flowers donations in Gil’s memory can be made to The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division.
To offer online condolences please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com