Niles Tristan Cravalho
89 years young, passed away on April 5, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 30, 1929 in Puunene, Maui to Antone Francis and Marcelina De Cambra Cravalho, their only child. He attended Kaunoa School in Spreckelsville, Maui and then went to Maui High School in Hamakuapoko. Upon graduation in 1948, he enlisted in the U. S. Army for a three-year term and served during the Korean Conflict. Niles first met the Love of his Life at Maui High School when Linda was a freshman and he was a senior. They reconnected in early 1951 at a C.Y.O. activity and started dating. After he was honorably discharged from the service, Niles married Linda on June 14, 1952. The next year, the happy couple moved to Oahu and he began a career at Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO). Niles was a proud member of IBEW #1260. They settled down in Kailua and started a family, having three sons. Niles was an active member of Hui Kaikunane, a gentlemen's social club that promoted brotherhood and family values by playing sports, officiating at youth activities and assisting in community events. Niles worked part-time as a service station attendant and dreamed of one day owning his own station. In 1959, he was offered a Union 76 Service Station in Kaneohe. He left his position at HECO and opened his own business. This change proved very difficult with the long hours and the challenges of a growing family. After one year, Niles abandoned his dream to focus on his family and returned to HECO. Still in need of a second job to support his family, Niles took a bartending position at the Garden Court Bar at Liberty House in the Ala Moana Shopping Center. He enjoyed the work and meeting new people. Niles worked at the lounge for eighteen years. In 1989, Niles retired completely and began enjoying his retirement years with his family and friends. He continued sharing his time, treasure and talents with St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Kailua and served as Sacristan, managing the daily needs of the church. He took up golf and was very proud of making a hole-in-one on October 27, 1999 at the Olomana Golf Course. Everyone knows Niles was a huge, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers fan and many saw him proudly driving his black and gold Steelers Truck around Kailua town with special license plates STELRS. Niles is survived by his Wife, Best Friend and Soulmate, Linda Boteilho Cravalho; his children: Allan F. (Wendy) Cravalho, Michael J. Cravalho and Robert A. Cravalho; his grandchildren, John A. (Patricia) Cravalho, Michael F. (Ho`olu) Cravalho, Reverend Allan Andrew Cravalho C.P.M., Jeffrey R. (Chelsae) Cravalho, Daniel J. Cravalho, Barbara F. Cravalho, Belinda F. Nevarez, Robert N. Cravalho, Brooke M. Cravalho, Brittany F. Cravalho; and his great grandchildren: Christian Roa, Karielle Cravalho, Hilina`i Cravalho, Marcelina Cravalho, Gabrielle Prieto-Cravalho, Lisette Cravalho, Bailey Nevarez, Julian Nevarez. Funeral Service to be held Friday, April 26, 2019, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 148 Makawao Street, Kailua, Hawaii Visitation: 10:00 a.m.; Eulogy: 10:50 a.m.; Funeral Mass:11:00 a.m. Interment at Hawaiian Memorial Park: 1:00 p.m.
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