Following Carmelo’s wishes he will be cremated and a private memorial for the immediate family will be held at the scattering of his ashes.
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3935 Shainline Court
Collegeville, PA 19426
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Our beloved Carmelo, after battling cancer, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2015, surrounded by his adoring family. He was 70. He was a loving, spiritual, generous man who could always see the best in everyone. He was born on March 30, 1945 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and was the son of Panchita (Torres) Delgado and the late Carmelo Delgado. He had two younger siblings, Nancy and David, who looked up to and respected him. After his family moved to New York for a better education, Carmelo was the first person in his family to not only finish high school, but to continue on to earn his PhD.
Carmelo always had an intense intellectual curiosity about the world around him. His quest for freedom of individual rights started early on. He was one of the first at Manhattan College in 1963 to protest our involvement in Vietnam, while having fruits and vegetables thrown at him as he was making a speech. He and Lillian often participated in marches for various causes, and he was never one for staying on the side lines and watching. One of his favorite quotes was "Question Authority."
He spent his 30-year career at Merck as Associate Director of Drug Intelligence and Medical Information. He made many important contributions during his time there and was always well respected and cared for by his co-workers.
Those who knew Carmelo will remember his love of books and learning. His family will remember his steadfast devotion. He met his soulmate, Lillian, 53 years ago on Riverside Drive, and at the early age of 17 he was hooked for life. He was a most loving and generous father, and was always his daughters' biggest cheerleader. He eagerly wanted to hear about Adrienne and Gillian's day-to-day lives and was consistently encouraging and supportive in all things big and small. He had a wonderfully goofy sense of humor and was always making his children and grandchildren laugh. As a grandfather he was beautifully cherished.
Carmelo had an immensley positive spirit and touched so many people in numerous, special ways. He will always be remembered in love and in light. Please join us in remembering him by sharing your memories or photos of Carmelo below, and click on the slideshow to view images from his life.
"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."
- William Penn -