Robert "Bob" A. DeMello

February 11, 1946March 6, 2020

Robert A. DeMello “Bob”, age 74, of Swansea, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Holewka) DeMello, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late Anthony “Tony” and Idaline “Lee” DeMello, he had lived in Swansea for over 40 years.

A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1964, he was the owner and operator of IMPRINTS silkscreening with his wife Pat, an avid Fall River history buff, skilled calligrapher and photographer. He was the former athletic director for Fall River CD-REC, president and vice president of the Fall River Jaycees, executive director for the Miss Fall River Pageants and Junior Miss Fall River Pageants, director of the Brotherhood Youth Center and a founding member of the Old Colony Railroad Museum.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: three sons, Kevin R. DeMello and his wife Gina of Barrington, David G. DeMello of Warren and Jared S. DeMello of Swansea; seven grandchildren, Faith, Logan J., Rowan, Talon, Hunter, Logan A., Alyssa and one brother, Gregory DeMello of North Carolina.

His Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea, followed by a Funeral Service at 3:00 PM in the Funeral Home. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s honor may be made to, Swansea Ambulance Corps, 285 Wilbur Ave., Swansea, MA 02777, or to Swansea Girls Softball, P.O. Box 70, Swansea, MA 02777.


  • Swansea Ambulance Corps
  • Swansea Girls Softball


  • Visitation Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 14, 2020


Robert "Bob" A. DeMello

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Lisa Santos

March 15, 2020

So many lovely things to say about Bob. I remember so many beautiful times. Always a hug, smile and a kiss, and always had interesting subjects to talk about. He was my grandmother's nephew, so any holiday...he and his family were there. I will always remember lots of laughter, his encouragement to do better, to be better, and to give the best part of you because the best stuff comes from your heart. He and my mom were dance partners in childhood. Oh the stories they told about dancing and the costumes Bedina and Tetia made for them. A man who knew so much, and was always willing to share his knowledge and wisdom with others. This and more is what I remember about my cousin Bob. God has taken an angel he sent to Earth home, and those he knew, are forever blessed by his presence. His love will always remain. Love you, Bob and Family.

Mikhaela (Mikki) Houston

March 13, 2020

Dad, I will miss your earthly presence. Thank you for putting up with Dave's UMass crew as we crashed in your house, slept on the floor, and consumed as much food as we were able. (Old McDonald's Chicken Farm and Concertas suddenly come to mind.)

You will always remain in my heart...


March 12, 2020

When I was one year old my brother Bob was six when our father died. Technically he now became the man of the house and he did an excellent outstanding job.

I need to cut this short as I am texting this in a motel room
while travelling back there. But the truth of the matter is my brother Bob was the BEST BIG BROTHER in every way that anyone could imagine.

I will post again later with details but for now I just wanted to let everyone know my brother Bob was really an amazing guy. I am so thankful he was my brother.


Angie Gastall

March 11, 2020

Dear Pat and family,
So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. We were kindergarten classmates and all through school we were friends but had not been in touch in quite some time. My prayers and sympathy to you and your family and to his brother Gregory.
Angie (Duarte) Gastall

Monica Goyette

March 11, 2020

Sending sympathy to your entire family. RIP.
Very sad to lose our classmates, even thought I was not in the Fall River area for year traveling in the military with my husband I remember so many and so sad to lose our friends.

Charlotte Thomas

March 10, 2020

Dear Pat and Family,

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was our classmate, class of Durfee 1964 and he will be missed! Our sympathy to all!

Durfee '64
Charlotte Costa Thomas, Reunion Sect.

Andy DeFarias

March 10, 2020

Condolences to Pat and the family. Bob was a ‘64 Durfee classmate who was a great guy and friend during our school years. I remember him as fun loving with a positive personality.