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Robert DeMello, MD

February 28, 2019

Robert DeMello passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, with his fiancé and family at his side. He was 48.

Born and raised in Wailuku to Bertha Ching and Denis DeMello (deceased), Rob was a Nephrologist (kidney specialist) who graduated from Baldwin High and UH Medical School. He served as a resident doctor at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. After training and practicing in California for 10 years, Rob returned to his hometown in 2014 to offer care to patients on Maui. With his fiancé, Laura Correa, Dr. DeMello opened an office in Wailuku.

Rob was a down-to-earth and caring man, equally serious and playful; brash and compassionate. He had no pretenses. What you saw was the genuine Rob. He came from a large extended family, one of 25 cousins, and was the "baby" among 18 cousins on his mom's side. Rob often stepped up, with patience and kindness, to guide family and friends through their own health crises.

Rob is survived by his fiancé Laura Correa; his mother and father, Bertha and Stanley Ching of Wailuku; his sister Michelle DeMello and her partner Michael Neely of Australia; step-brother Kimo Ching; and a loving army of family and friends. Laura and Rob's family thank all of his patients, colleagues and caregivers who gave greater purpose and added richness to his life. Rob left us way too early. Aloha, Rob. Godspeed.

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