Damian Cole Mele, 20, of East Penn Township,Pa., passed away, Sunday, September 15th in Penn Forest Township, Pa.. Born in Allentown, Pa. on Tuesday, November 10, 1998, he was a son of Angelo J. & Lori (Larkin) Mele of East Penn Township. Damian was a 2017 graduate of The Lehighton Area High School where he truly loved participating on the Basketball, Baseball & Track & Field teams. He formed many great and long lasting friendships on these and other youth teams, and throughout his life. He attended Bloomsburg University and most recently was employed as a pool construction worker and had plans to pursue a career in Real Estate. He was a member of SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, Lehighton where he attended parochial school. Damian got a lot of his energy from being around his family and friends. He was in constant motion, and had a zest for life. Among his interests were pickup basketball games, winning his fantasy football leagues, and following The New York Knicks. Surviving in addition to his parents are his sister, Taylor Mele, of Ben Salem, Pa., a brother, Vincent Mele of Pittsburgh, Pa., his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Mele of Nesquehoning, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Harry F. & Betty Jane Larkin, & his paternal grandfather, Angelo C. Mele. Prayers will be held on Friday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m.at The Ovsak FH, 190 S. 4th Street followed by Mass of Christian Burial in his honor at 10 a.m. at SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, 260 North 3rd Street, Lehighton with the Reverend Christopher M. Zelonis officiating. Call 6-8 p.m. Thursday Sept. 19th and 8:30-9:30 Friday Sept. 20th at the funeral home. Vigil Service 6 p.m. Thursday. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, New Columbus, (Nesquehoning), Pa. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to either the Franklin Township Athletic Association or the Lehighton Area High School Basketball Booster Club.
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