Melvin L. Deeley passed away peacefully with loving family by his side at his daughter's home on Oct. 10, 2017. Melvin was born in Vienna, New York on June 8, 1941 the oldest son of Lawrence (Dutch) Deeley and Anna Haskins Deeley Francisco. He attended the one room school house in Vienna, NY as well Rome City Schools.
Mel had a love of cars and anything else with an engine. He was a talented auto body mechanic who could fix anything he touched. He worked for several area Body shops through the years. He was a good friend to many and used these talents to help anyone out that needed it.
Mel was an avid hunter. He spent much of his time prior to his illness up on Tug Hill with the many generations of Deeley hunters and friends that shared his love of hunting and being up on the hill. He also enjoyed being a member of the Sylvan Beach Coffee Club and could be found at Gigon's Auction so often that his assigned number was 45. His friends there knew if there was an extension cord to be found, he was going to buy it.
He is survived by his daughter Terry L. Deeley- Coady and son-in-law (Todd, with whom he had a special bond) and their children, Lacey and Dan Wright, Camden, NY, Amanda Coady, Chelsea Coady and Elijah Simmons all of Blossvale, NY; two sons, Thomas L. Deeley (Dawn Wells), Camden NY and his daughters, Kristi (Josh) Johnson, Clayton NC, Taylor Deeley, Virginia, and Hannah Pierce of Oriskany, NY and Dennis C. Deeley (Laurie Murling), Schenectady, NY; 4 great-grandchildren Peyton and Bryson Wright and Gage and Alivia Johnson; three sisters, Jo Ann Vredenburg, Mesa AZ, Arlene and Rob Duell and Debra Snyder all of Camden, NY; and three brothers, John Deeley, Camden NY, Peter and (Kathy) Francisco, Liverpool NY and Mike Francisco of Hobe Sound, Fla.; as well as many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mel was predeceased by his parents; his beloved son Douglas C. Deeley; his loving companion for over 35 years Grace Shortell; his step-mother Betty L. Deeley; a brother James Deeley; and a brother in law James Vredenberg.
The family wishes to thank Hospice Care of New Hartford, NY for their help and care in keeping with Mel's wishes to remain home and in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his name to this wonderful organization.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 1:00PM at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 9464 State Rt. 13, Camden. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the service from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.