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Neal James Mello


1944 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Neal James Mello Obituary
MR. NEAL JAMES MELLO of Hemet, CA, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the age of 71. Neal was born to parents Joseph and Hilda Mello on September 9, 1944 in Fall River, Mass. He grew up as the eldest of two sons and graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence, RI. He, and his immediate family, emigrated to California in 1963 settling in the Southern California area. Neal was a licensed private investigator and owned and operated an attorney service in Riverside county for many years. His quick wit and amazing knowledge of detailed trivia, along with his frequent relating of jokes made him a well known and liked figure in the legal community there. Later, he went back to school and earned a certification in CAD/land surveying, working in that field for several years. Among his many interests and hobbies, Neal enjoyed trout fishing in the high Sierras, camping, boating and playing the harmonica. At home, he enjoyed collecting and repairing mechanical things, including cars, motor homes and appliances. One of his greatest pleasures was to scout the local yard sales and pick up a "bargain" that someone else had discarded. Sometimes it was a nearly-new fishing rod; others, it was some camping item that was too good to pass up. He was a master of the bargain hunt and always had something new to show and tell about. Neal is survived by 4 children, Bradley Mello, Jason McDonough, Amber Cannon, William Mello, two grand-daughters Lillibeth and Lydia Cannon and his brother Leonard Mello. He was preceded in death by his daughter Vanessa Miller and his parents, Joseph and Hilda. A memorial service will be held at Sierra Memorial Chapel, October 8th at 11:00 A.M. Friends, family, and colleagues are invited to attend the service and a reception shortly thereafter. The family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers and donations.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 5, 2016
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