A memorial service for Caffe D’Melanio owner Melanio Duarte will be held May 8 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Ingleside Presbyterian Church, 1345 Ocean Ave.
Mr. Duarte, a native to Argentina, was an anchor in the Ingleside community for many years. He and his companion Laurie Martin worked hard to build up the restaurant, providing live music and neighborhood events on top of its dining and coffee.
The remembrance and potluck on May 8 will be intentionally held on Mother’s day because Mr. Duarte’s mother was the most important person on earth and heaven to him, according to his loved ones.
Reverand Roland Gordon of Ingleside Presbytarian will lead the celebration. Musicians will perform and friends will deliver thanks and remembrances. A potluck will be held afterward so dishes to be shared will be appreciated.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, it has been asked that donations be made to Ingleside Presbyterian Church to help pay their share of the Ocean Avenue Community Business District. Any funds over that amount will help pay for expenses to return Melanio’s ashes to Argentina.