Melvin R. Mayo, 100

WARE — Melvin R. Mayo, 100, of Ware, died on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center due to complications from Coronavirus.

He leaves three daughters, Joanne M. Bechard and her husband Arthur of Palmer; Ginny Mayo and her spouse Pat Gingras of Worcester; and Rosalie M. Doane of Springfield; one son, Stephen Mayo of Worcester; six grandchildren, Michael Bechard, Kevin Bechard and his wife, Sandy, Joanne Guercia and her husband Paul, Todd Messier, Tim Messier, and Louis Mayo and his wife Megan; nine great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Vietta (Poulin) Mayo in 2006, two sons, Melvin “Mike” Mayo, Jr. and Raymond Mayo, as well as 2 grandsons and 3 brothers.  He was born in Fairfield, Maine, son of the late Oscar and Jenny (Chayer) Mayo.  He and Vietta lived in Ware for 65 years, and they enjoyed wintering in Florida for 25 years together.  

Melvin worked as a machinist at Warren Pumps and the General Electric Manufacturing Co. in Fitchburg for 30 years, retiring in 1982.

Both Mel and Vietta enjoyed playing the piano.  He played for over 75 years, and liked all kinds of music.  He loved reading and going to the Ware Library where he would take out 5 books a week. 

He was a long-time member of All Saint’s Church in Ware.  He especially enjoyed his time spent with his friends at the McDonald’s Coffee Club and the Ware Senior Center.

Services for Melvin will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Town of Ware, for the Ware Senior Center, 1 Robbins Rd., Ware, MA 01082. 

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