Melvin George Galli

Melvin George Galli

Former Grants Pass resident Melvin G. Galli passed away on August 14, 2007, at his home in Goroton, Mass. He had been fighting terminal cancer and was 59 years old.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Magdalene Catholic Church in Berkeley, Calif., at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, August 24, 2007. A funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. the same day.

Mel was born to Tony and Dorothy Galli in 1948, in Daly City, Calif. In 1959 he moved with his parents to Grants Pass. While growing up in Grants Pass, Mel liked to fish, play the guitar, and cruise town in his friend's 1940 Ford. He attended school here and graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1966. He attended Southern Oregon College several years after high school.

Mel worked in swimming pool construction, sales for a major tuna company, and other marketing and sales positions, mostly in the San Francisco Bay area. He opened a clothing store in Berkley, Calif., and took numerous trips abroad to purchase merchandise.

Mel was a gifted guitarist and practiced much over the years. He owned a beautiful, old, 12-string guitar that he could play with the best. While in the Bay Area, he recorded a full length record album.

On February 20, 1993, Mel married Katie Brown in Berkley, Calif. They moved to Massachusetts, and lived there until his death. While there, he was involved in home construction and renovation of old historic homes as a custom builder.

He is survived by his wife, Katie; his parents, Tony Galli of Grants Pass, and Dorothy Galli of White City; two sisters, Toni Jean Galli-Robbins of Grants Pass, and Sheree Shields of White City; and one brother, Donnie Galli of White city. Mel was preceded in death by an older brother, Bobby Galli.

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