Paul de Silva

Paul Maurice de Silva passed away on September 27, 2020 at Coronado Heights Senior Living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 85.
Married for 68 years, Paul is survived by his wife, Edith Savella de Silva and his sons, Paul de Silva JR, Wayne de Silva and Ernest de Silva.
Born December 8, 1934 in Hilo, Hawaii, he graduated Hilo High School class of 1952, University of Hawaii Class of 1957, University of Hawaii Fifth Year Certificate in Education 1958, Gonzaga University Law School Class of 1965 Paul was appointed Deputy County Attorney in 1967, elected Prosecuting Attorney in 1972, appointed Administrative of the Big Island District Court in 1978, appointed Circuit Court Judge 1978 – 1988. After his retirement from the judiciary he joined the law firm of Roerhig, Roerhig, Wilson, Hara, Schutte & de Silva. Paul also retired from the Hawaii Air National Guard, he was a helicopter pilot. Paul and Edith relocated to Las Vegas in 2014.

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  • Marcella Lehr
    October 20, 2020 2:39 am

    I love you Uncle Paul. Please give mom and dad a hug from me. Love, Marcella

  • Aloha Mr. DeSilva, flying with the Angels!
    Mahalo nui for all, you did for Hawaii, especially Hawaii island.
    Verna Nani Lee
    (Daughter of Mac & Verna Villaverde)

  • LeAnn Takayama-Paiva
    October 20, 2020 6:59 pm

    Dear Judge,
    I’m glad I had the privilege of working with you in the courts. You were a great boss.
    Seeing you at the vet before you moved was a blessing.
    Prayers for the Edith and the boys.

  • Marla Yamashita
    October 20, 2020 8:08 pm

    Love you Uncle Paul. Until we meet again.


  • Daisy K. (Namauu) Nakamoto
    October 22, 2020 4:00 am

    Dear Mrs. Edith de Silva,
    I want to pass my deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Mr. Paul de Silva. He was a very very good school teacher, great Prosecutor and a very fair honest Judge. I had Mr. de Silva from 7th to 9th grade at Waiakea Kai school. He also was my JPO advisor, and it was through Mr. de Silva I was able to have my first eye glass from Waiakea Lion’s Club, and I still donate to them till this day. Mr de Silva saw my need for eye glass, my parents didn’t see that need for me. And he help many of us with good advice, I was and always will be forever thankful and grateful. I will always remember you both always. GOD Bless you in CHRIST. Daisy K. (Namauu) Nakamoto

  • David Kanemitsu
    October 29, 2020 6:48 pm

    To Edith, Maury, Wayne, EB, and family: Sorry for your loss. Thank you for making me part of your Ohana and all the good memories through the years. Aloha, Dave

  • Dearest Edith & ohana,

    My deepest and sincerest condolences. He was the most compassionate person I have ever worked with. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sharon Souza

  • Wish I could wrap my arms around everyone and take your pain way. I have such lovely, warm beautiful memories of our families-I love you dearly uncle Paul, and the entire family.

  • Wayne de Silva
    May 15, 2021 7:25 am

    Hi Jill. Thank you. I have warm memories of our families being together too. Thank you, Aloha

  • Charla Ann Tallett Chai
    May 16, 2021 6:45 pm

    Aloha – The Adelbert & Mona Tallett Ohana send out deepest condolences. Our parents spent many a weekend together enjoying each other’s company and a few favorite beverages 🌺 family friends for many, many years. Gods blessings from Hilo Hawaii💙 give Daddy our love

  • Wayne de Silva
    June 9, 2021 5:38 pm

    I remember the Tallets and our family’s friendship. Aloha Wayne

  • Lana U. Robbins
    January 7, 2023 9:10 pm

    I just recently found out that Paul passed away. I did not see an obituary published in the Staradvertiser but I saw this online. I know I am two years late but my sincere condolences to the ‘ohana. My mother JoJo is Paul’s first cousin. Paul told me stories about my grandfather Carlos Raimundo deSilva, about the deSilva family, and even gave to me a copy of the diary of the deSilva family maid Mary Farias. Mahalo to him for that. He is missed.


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