Samuel Melillo

Samuel Melillo

Monday, April 23rd, 1945 Saturday, March 28th, 2020

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Obituary for Samuel Thomas Melillo

Samuel Thomas Melillo, 74, of Brielle, NJ passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at his home with his family by his side after a long battle with PSP, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Born in Newark, NJ and raised in Pt. Pleasant Beach, Sam lived in Brielle for the last 45 years and wintered in Naples, FL. He was a parishioner of St. Denis Church, Manasquan, NJ.
Sam earned his Bachelor of Science, degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University in 1968 and his Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts in 1970. In 1971 Sam began his career in Landscape Architecture at Zion & Breen Associates. In 1979, Sam, along with Tom Bauer, founded Melillo & Bauer Associates Landscape Architecture where he practiced until his retirement in 2011.
In the Spring of 1995 Sam was a visiting professor of Landscape Architecture at Cook College, Rutgers University. In 1999, Sam was honored by the Pt. Pleasant Beach Education Foundation Hall of Fame “as one of the School’s most illustrious graduates for his record of service and leadership”. Sam was elected a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2008 for his design excellence and outstanding contributions to the profession.
Sam served on numerous committees and foundations including the Ocean First Foundation Board of Directors, the Manasquan Football Club, where he served as President, and the Brielle Recreation Commission. He was a long-time member of the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club where he served as the treasurer and was also a member of the scholarship committee. Sam spent years volunteering for youth activities as a Coach in Manasquan-Brielle Little League and Brielle Basketball. He also served as Cub Master and Den Leader with the Brielle Boy Scouts.
Sam’s lifelong passions centered around fishing, woodworking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Lucille Melillo, and his wife Adeline Melillo in 2004. Surviving are his children, Joseph Melillo and his wife Allison of Wall and, Amanda Melillo and her husband Brian Edwards of Washington DC, his loving, devoted partner Kathy Maier of Brielle and Naples, FL, his sister Barbara Stencel of Myrtle Beach, SC and 2 grandchildren, Matthew and Addison Melillo.
Committal is private. O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall is in charge of arrangements, for further information go to A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to a tribute fund in Sam’s name at CurePSP

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Jess Wainwright Cifelli

Thank you to Mr. Melillo for being a devoted Little League coach and mentor to us and for providing many other memories that made up so much of our childhood. So many times the family hosted pool parties for the teams, fed us constantly, especially at games or at the fire house during Halloween... the generosity overflowed in anything they did. I will always cherish these times and the entire family, I wish you all so much peace at this time. RIP
Comment | Posted at 01:46pm via Condolence

Barbara Haley

Sam - you were a kind and good person in H.S. and I knew I could always count on you. Your smile and your good will were always obvious. May you rest in peace eternally. Barbara Haley (Class of 1967)
Comment | Posted at 11:53am via Condolence

Barbara Haley

Correction: Class of 1963 - PPBHS
Posted at 12:35pm

Jeanne Taylor Condle

I am writing from Naples, Florida, where our community of VeronaWalk is saddend to hear of Sam's passing. We wish that Sam could have enjoyed more time here in "paradise", but we are sure that he is now at peace in our Fathers true "Paradise". May God bless his family and our dear friend, Kathy.
Jeanne Condle, Novara Ct., Naples, FL
Comment | Posted at 11:42am via Condolence

Sondra Rice

So sorry to hear about your dad. I have such fond memories of your parents and playing at your house when we were kids. What a sweet soul he was, and I know my parents cherished his friendship dearly. Sending you and Joe hugs.
Lots of love,
Sondra Calabrese Rice
Comment | Posted at 09:25pm via Condolence

Kenneth Johnson

Joe and Amanda:
Sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Will always remember girls softball with Sam. He was one of a kind and be missed by all who he touched in life.
Ken & Diane Johnson
Comment | Posted at 02:54pm via Condolence

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