Posted On May 6th, 2012 -


81, of Kaneohe, died at home on April 4, 2012. He was born in Honolulu and grew up in Manoa. He was the oldest and only surviving son of his predeceased parents James K. and Henrietta Hughes Woolsey. He attended Manoa Elementary, Punahou School and graduated from Greenbrier Military Academy. He achieved the highest rank as a cadet major at Greenbrier. He received a football scholarship to attend Marshall College in West Virginia and also attended University of Hawaii.

His college was interrupted by the Korean War so he joined the Navy and served on the USS Roanoke. At the time of his passing he was Post Commander of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Board member of Oahu One Federal Credit Union and Hawaii Funeral and Cemetery Association.

He was an entrepreneur and most recently was co-owner of Woolsey Mortuary Services and Woolsey Funeral & Cemetery Services. He was active in many clubs, organizations, and societies, contributing exemplar service to all.

He is survived by wife, Ida Kahaumeliala Mesquita; sons, Thomas “Tommy” and Harry Woolsey, Jeffrey, Richard, Antonio and Pono Ledford; daughters, Danna Mae Keanu and Anela Woolsey; grand-children Jordan, Justin, Sierra Lynn, Jonah, Clorissa Estrella, Spencer, Christopher, Whitney, Alyssa, Bryson, Ashley, Courtney, Darcey, Kawika and one great grandchild Jordyn; aunt Miriam Reed; brother in law Sandy Smith; sister in law, Toni Makanoa and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services held.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran