Melvin John Ferrera
On Sunday, January 13, 2019 our beloved uncle, Mel Ferreira passed away at the age of 103. Mel was born on September 2, 1915 to Albert and Annie Ferreira.
He grew up in Piedmont, CA. and later moved to Albany, CA., where he lived for over seventy years. Mel was a World War ll veteran serving in the Sea Bees in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was very proud of his time in the service and went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. while in his nineties. He toured the many monuments and often spoke of how much he enjoyed the chance to visit these places with fellow veterans. When he returned from the war, he joined his father and brother, Art in running Ferreira Plumbing Company. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, traveling to Alaska to catch halibut and still hunting wild boar while in his eighties. He was devoted to his family and was the ultimate caregiver to anyone in need. He never attended a family gathering without bringing a pie or a casserole he had made. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed by many. Mel was predeaseded by his parents, Albert and Annie Ferreira, his brothers, Art Ferreira (Marge) and Albert Ferreira (Lucille), his sister, Agnes Ferreira, his niece, Jean Mares (Ray) and his nephews, Al Ferreira (Susan) and Jim Ferreira. He is suvived by his nieces, Melondy Ferreira and Patty Ferreira (Louis Ozenne) and numerous great nieces and nephews, as will as great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for the immediate family will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery on Tuesday January 29th at 10:30am.
A celebration of his life will be held during a memorial mass at Saint Ambrose Church at 1145 Gilman Street in Berkeley on Friday, February 1st at 10:30 am and immediately followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Operationsmile.org