Jozsef (Joe) Meltreder, Jr., 82, passed at his home in Brooksville, December 11, 2020. Joe was born in Hungary, April 27, 1938 the son of Jozef, Sr., and Yolanda Meltreder.
He was a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution and came to the United States in 1957. He apprenticed as a blacksmith in his home country, later bringing his skills to the Wilson Museum where he worked in the historical Blacksmith Shop educating all who came to see him. Joe loved his neighbors, treating them like family. He will be sorely missed by them.
Joe is survived by his daughter, Lisa Hafner and partner James DeCamp; granddaughter, Violet Hafner; two great-grandchildren, Makayla and Peyton. He was predeceased by his parents and wife Dora.
Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St. Castine, ME 04421.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
Joe was an amazingly talented man and a good friend. Joe served as our blacksmith for 18 years at the Wilson Museum in Castine. Every visitor went away with a hook made by him. But he didn’t just make the hook, he engaged the visitor in the process by either pumping the bellows are helping to fashion the hook. He especially enjoyed the children, but he was just as comfortable teaching a group of Maine Maritime Academy students. The Wilson Museum Board and Staff will sorely miss this sweet man.