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Melissa Gorga Pays Tribute to Her Late Father with a Touching Birthday Message

"There's so much I wish he could have been here for," the #RHONJ mom wrote.

By Laura Rosenfeld

With three kids, an adoring husband, and her very own boutique, Melissa Gorga basically has it all. However, there's one person The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom wishes she could share it all with: her late father. 

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Melissa posted a touching tribute to her dad, Anthony John Marco, on what would have been his 70th birthday Tuesday. "Today my father would have been 70 years old. There's so much I wish he could have been here for. There's so much I want to tell him. I have so many questions for him. I wish he could meet my children," she wrote. "I know I'll see him again someday. Happy Birthday Daddy. I love you. Miss you so much."


Melissa has often talked about how close she was to her father and how devastating it was to lose him to a car accident as a teenager on RHONJ. However, Melissa also opened up about the complicated relationship her mother and father had in her book Love Italian Style, revealing how her husband Joe Gorga is — and isn't — like him. "I sought a partner like my father in many ways -- ambitious, funny, an adoring parent -- but his opposite in others," Melissa wrote in her blog in 2013. "He didn’t come home every night. I was determined to find a man who did. And I found that man and more in Joe." 

See the happy couple through the years, below.

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