Wellsville, NY - John A. Melaro, Jr., 69, of 53 Park Lane passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born July 20, 1941 in Olean the son of the late John A. and Margaret (Joseph) Melaro, Sr.
John had resided in Wellsville since 1942. He was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School; he received his B. S. in Social Studies and his Masters in Guidance & Counseling from Athens College in Athens, AL. He continued his graduate work at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He was employed by Allegany County BOCES as a special education teacher for 28 years, retiring in 1996. John was the golf coach at Wellsville High School for 38 years and was named the New York State Coach of the Year in 2001 by the New York State Coaches Association. He was a former volunteer for the LPGA Corning Classic and a member of their advisory board. He was the Allegany County Special Olympics Coordinator for 25 years. John was elected to the Wellsville Village Board for four terms and had served as Deputy Mayor. He was a former member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for 13 years, a member of Wellsville Country Club, the Elks Lodge # 1495 in Wellsville and a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.
He is survived by a sister, Victoria (John) Biondolillo of Mendon, a brother, William (Kathy) Melaro of Sharon, PA, an uncle, Lou (Adelle) Joseph of California, Brother-in-law, Walter Weirich of Rushford, five nephews, two nieces, five great nephews and two great nieces as well many close friends including, Toni Morreale of Rushford. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Weirich in 1999 and a special friend, Susan J. Graham in 2009.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and Monday from 9:00 to 9:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Monsignor Vincent Becker as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception School, New York State Special Olympics or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.