LCDR ROBERT DONALD GEE, USN (Ret.)

Posted On October 4th, 2011 -

LCDR ROBERT DONALD GEE,
USN (RET.)

Age 86, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away Sept. 21, 2011 at St. Francis Hospice in Ewa, Hawaii after suffering two debilitating strokes. Born September 3, 1925 in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, PA, he had a 21 year career as a naval officer with combat service in the Korean War, and also spent several years based in Hawaii where he met and married his wife.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, the former Roberta “Robbie” O’Dare, daughter Katherine Fujimori (Randy) of Moloka’i, and two granddaughters, Puakaliloa Fujimori and Kaha’owai’olu Fujimori both currently in college and residing in Las Vegas, NV.

After retirement from the Navy in 1963, he returned to the world of academia and, after earning his Masters of Business Administration degree, worked in the College of Business as an Undergraduate Advisor in the Dean’s Office and as an Accounting instructor.

Among his hobbies were volunteer work teaching “Fishy Facts” to visiting kindergarten classes at Sea Life Park for 15 years, and at the Education Center at Hanauma Bay for 20 years. He was also a great cook and baker, fulfilling requests for his most popular dishes, in addition to bread and Stollen, a German Christmas bread. He always made sure to bring baked goodies to his volunteer friends.

Visitation 1-2 p.m, Services at 2 p.m. followed by military honors, and additional visitation at 3 p.m., on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Borthwick Mortuary, Makai Chapel, on Maunakea St. at Vineyard Blvd. Private parking behind the mortuary is available.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Hanauma Bay either online at http://www.friendsofhanaumabay.org/?page_id=61, or by mail to: 100 Hanauma Bay Road, Honolulu, HI 96825

There will be a future inurnment at the Molokai Veterans Cemetery.


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