IN LOVING MEMORY. OUR FRIEND, OUR COLLEAGUE, OUR FAMILY… JOHNNY MELLANO
Johnny Mellano, second generation owner and operator of Mellano & Company, died Sunday, May 27, 2012. Johnny was a family man and loved the flower business and he let nothing get in the way of his two passions. He was dedicated to Mellano & Company, supportive of the floral industry and made many life-long friends throughout the industry. Even in his retirement, as more of his time was spent golfing and doting on his beloved grandchildren, Johnny regularly came to Mellano & Company’s Los Angeles location in the early mornings as he had for fifty-plus years, and he remained active on the LA Flower Market Board of Directors. He could not walk through the market without stopping a dozen times to talk to friends and colleagues.
Johnny was born in 1936 to Giovanni & Maria Mellano. He was a lifelong resident of the Orange County area, where his parents settled after they immigrated to the United States from Italy.
Johnny is survived by his mother Maria, his wife, Diane, son Mike A. & daughter-in-law Val, son Jim & daughter-in-law Monica, son Bob & daughter-in-law Mary, daughter Linda & son-in law Ernie Santos, son Steve & daughter-in-law Mandana, and thirteen grandchildren. He is also remembered by his brother Mike Sr & wife Sharon, sister Rose Marie & husband Battista Castellano, many nieces & nephews, and over 200 members of the Mellano & Company family.