Melillo, Adrian Louis “Papa”

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Passed away in his home fol­low­ing an ex­tended ill­ness. A life­long res­i­dent of Chicago Heights, Adrian is sur­vived by son, Christo­pher (Jodi) Melillo; daugh­ter, Adri­enne (John) McAr­dle; grand­chil­dren, Emily McAr­dle, Lau­ren McAr­dle (Ser­gio) Lund and great-grand­son, Har­ri­son Pa­trick Lund. Adrian is also sur­vived by sis­ter, Mary Louise Thomp­son (nee Melillo) and neph­ews, Mark (Kathy) and Kevin (Melissa) Thomp­son. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents Mil­dred (nee Zic­cardi) and Bruno Melillo; grand­son, Michael Pa­trick McAr­dle and brother-in-law, Richard Thomp­son. He leaves be­hind many lov­ing fam­ily mem­bers, friends, and for­mer col­leagues. Adrian was a run­ning and fit­ness en­thu­si­ast for most of his life. He en­joyed mu­sic of all kinds, with spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion for jazz. He was an avid reader, cross­word fa­natic, and stamp col­lec­tor. He was both the love and hor­ror of wait­resses through­out the south sub­urbs and points be­yond as he teased re­lent­lessly, but with great af­fec­tion. A lov­ing fa­ther, brother, grand­fa­ther, un­cle, and friend, Adrian was also a de­voted fan of the four-legged species. Si­enna and Mol­lie were thought to have un­der­stood him bet­ter than his hu­man fam­ily and oc­cu­pied a big place in Adrian’s some­times­cur­mud­geonly heart. Mol­lie was with him to the end. Adrian was a 1958 grad­u­ate of Bloom High School where he wore num­ber 54 on the grid­iron, and a 50-year mem­ber of the La­bor­ers’ In­ter­na­tional Union of North Amer­ica -- re­tired from Lo­cal 5 af­ter decades of ser­vice in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. He per­formed his work with pride and pre­ci­sion and re­laxed on his mo­tor­cy­cle, on the soft­ball field, or in the back­yard. Me­mo­rial Visi­ta­tion at St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12th from 9:00 a.m. un­til time of fu­neral mass at 10:00 a.m. Inurn­ment pri­vate. For fur­ther ser­vice in­for­ma­tion con­tact 708-481-9230 or panoz­zo­ In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily kindly re­quests do­na­tions to The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion or The Na­tional Kid­ney Foun­da­tion. (Adrian would likely sug­gest do­na­tions to Illi­nois Dober­man Res­cue or P.A.W.S.) Though he will be greatly missed on earth, he joins many beloved fam­ily mem­bers, friends, and ca­nines in his eternal home.

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