Ermelo Obleada died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, November 13 at the age of 67 after a fight with Stage IV lung cancer.
Ermelo was born in Lucban, Quezon, the Philippines in 1953, the second youngest of eleven children. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology, and was a member of Shell’s marketing team in Manila and later in Wellington, New Zealand. He immigrated to the United States in 1985 and lived in Queens, working as the supervisor of a battery company.
In 1993 he and his family moved to West Windsor. After a brief stint as a stay-at-home dad — a man ahead of his time — he served as the manager and proud co-owner of Children First Medical Care in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he worked alongside his wife and son.
Ermelo was predeceased by his parents, Alfredo and Asuncion Obleada, and many of his siblings. He is survived by his wife Dr. Maria Obleada, children AJ and Melissa, sister Dr. Clarita Obleada, and brother Francisco Obleada and his wife Cristina. He is lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends across the globe.
He wanted to share his gratitude to the staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the community of St. David the King Catholic Church, the local Filipino community, extended family, friends, and all across the world who have sent thoughts, prayers, and various kinds of support throughout his treatment.
A private memorial mass will be held at St. David the King parish, where Ermelo volunteered as an usher. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. An interactive memorial, gallery, and guestbook can be found online at bit.ly/ermelo2020.