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Lawrence 'Dewey' Mele, 58, Formerly Of Eastchester

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Lawrence Mele, a former Eastchester and Yonkers resident, died Sept. 16 after a battle with lymphoma. He was 58. 

Born Dec. 16, 1953, he was the son of Valerie and Vito Mele. He was a proprietor of Commodore Shoe Repair on 47th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan for many years. Mele loved the outdoors, hiking and camping. He lived in California, New Hampshire and New York before moving to Colorado six years ago. 

Known as "Dewey" and "Larry," he worked as a counselor in Colorado. Group meetings he held were very popular, his family said.

Mele is survived by his father; two children, Gina and Vito; his fiancée, Jill Nosbish; three sisters, Valerie (Rich) Stangarone, Susan (Mario) Caligiuri and Nancy (Jim) West; many nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Kristina Mele. He was predeceased by his mother and a sister, Marie Brancato.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Croton Falls. Entombment will follow at Gate Of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may made to The Denver Hospice, 501 S. Cherry St., Suite 700, Denver, CO 80246.


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