Manuel S. “Rocky” Mello, 86, of Burlington and formerly of East Hampton, widower of the late Maureen Mello died Monday Feb. 5th at Live Well in Southington. Born January 27, 1932 in New Bedford, MA, he was the son of the late Robert and Natalie Mathias. Manuel served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, with the 7th Division. He earned many awards including the Combat Infantry Badge. He participated in the following battles, “Old Baldy”, “Porkchop Hill”, “Hill 409”, and the “Triangle”. Upon his return to the States, he later joined the U.S. Marine Corp. and then returned to the U.S.Army. Once he completed his term he joined the National Guard and retired after nearly 30 years in military service. Manuel was a resident of East Hampton for over 40 years. He was a member of the East Hampton Vol. Fire Department for 20 years. He was a member of the VFW in East Hampton and had worked for Pratt & Whitney in Middletown for 18 years. Manuel is survived by his son Brian Mello and his wife Janet of Burlington, his sister-in-law Lucy Vieira and husband John of New Bedford, MA, his beloved grandson Tyler, who followed in his footsteps and joined the Marine Corps., and his loving granddaughter Sydney whom he was proud of her accomplishment of winning the Class M State Championship in Shotput. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his three sons Richard, Michael and David and his brother Joseph Mello. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Tuesday February 13th from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM. A Memorial service will begin at 11:00AM followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation CT Chapter 101 Centerpoint Dr. Suite 107 Middletown, Ct 06457. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.