Dennis Gordon Mello passed away on May 17, 2023 at the age of 72, in Miami, Florida.
Dennis was born on August 8, 1950 to Manuel (Mal) and Delphine Mello in Cambridge, MA. His family moved to Miami in 1958 and Dennis graduated from Columbus High School in 1968.
Dennis had his first daughter, Carmen in 1983.
In 1985 Dennis met Diane Knaus. They married 6 months later and went on to have five children (Maximilian, Zachariah, Denise, Mariah, and Anastasia).
In 1986 Dennis, together with his wife Diane, started Mello Concrete Services Inc. (union company of South Florida Trowel Trades) – a premier concrete placing and finishing company in Miami. Dennis won his first job in Key Largo, Tradewinds Shopping Center, completed in 1988. Dennis expanded his company over the years and won contracts to place and finish concrete for several notable buildings that are now staples to the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Skylines:
Dolphins Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, 1993
6303 Waterford at Blue Lagoon, 1993
La Tour Condo, Miami Beach, 1995
Santa Maria Condominium, 1997;
FLA Live Arena (Formerly Broward County Civic Arena), Sunrise, 1998
Bass Pro Shops, Dania, 1998
Ocean Club Tower 1 and 2, Key Biscayne, 1998
Ocean Club Tower 3, Key Biscayne 1999
The Palms Condominium Phase II, Fort Lauderdale, 1999
Kaseya Center, 1999 (formerly American Airlines Arena). World Record flattest slab at the time of construction, 18,600 sqft, FF 124.0/FL 98.3 – Golden Trowel Award for Flat and Level Concrete Floors
Blue and Green Diamond Towers, Miami Beach, 2000
Ocean Tower Two, Key Biscayne, 2001
Ocean Tower One, Key Biscayne, 2002
Oceania V, Sunny Isles 2003
Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, 2003
Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 2003. Tallest building in Miami at the time of construction (781 ft and 70 floors)
Brickell Arch, 2004 (formerly Espirito Santo Plaza)
Jade at Brickell, 2004
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, 2006
Brickell on the River North Tower, 2006
Brickell on the River South Tower, 2007
Trump Royale, Sunny Isles, 2007. Largest mat pour at the time of construction, 24 hours to complete, approximately 13,500 CY, 138 x 270 feet wide and 11 feet deep
Dennis also completed various parking garages and additions to: Miami Metro Rail Improvements, Aventura Mall – Burdines Parking Garage, Fort Lauderdale Airport Parking Garage, Miami International Airport, Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, Saw Grass Mills, Sunset Place, Cutler Ridge Mall, and many more.
Dennis was integral to the growth and expansion of the Miami skyline as the city transformed into the thriving metropolis it is today.
Dennis was predeceased by his mother and father Mal and Delphine Mello.
Dennis is survived by his wife Diane Mello, his 6 children (Carmen (Bill), Maximilian, Zachariah, Denise (Sam) Mekras, Mariah (Josh) Anderson, and Anastasia), his grandson Dennis Mekras, his sister Debra Mello (Jeff Quinn), and many nieces and nephews.
The family is requesting yellow flowers, all flower arrangements can be sent directly to Stanfill Funeral Home.
In remembrance of Dennis’s unique character and style, the family asks that guests honor him by wearing floral attire.
Donations can also be made to:
St. Louis Catholic Church https://pushpay.com/g/stlouiscatholicpinecrest
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral https://secure.anedot.com/saint-sophia-miami/donate