Posted On January 13th, 2013 -

Antonio “Sonny” Palabrica, a longtime resident of both Honolulu and San Francisco passed away on December 1, 2012. He was 79 years of age. Born and raised in Honolulu Sonny grew up in the Makalapua neighborhood and was graduated from Farrington High School in 1952. Many of his oldest and dearest friends are people from Makalapua and Farrington. He completed his military service with the U.S. Army in 1958 and later settled in San Francisco, where he lived for over forty years and worked as an Office Administrator in the recreation and community activities department for the U.S. Army at the Presidio in San Francisco. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree during this time. Music was a great part of his life, especially Jazz and Hawaiian and he performed professionally with bands at many clubs and hotels in Honolulu and San Francisco displaying his fine expertise in music. He was a sixth stage black belt in Karate, relentless fisherman, ukulele instructor, gourmet chef, photographer, youth basketball coach, accomplished swimmer and overall sports enthusiast. All of these gifts and his amazing spirit brought innumerable wonderful people into his life. With his sense of humor and wit, he was an entertaining story teller. His family and his friends were his greatest joy. Everyone who knew Sonny, whether for a lifetime or only briefly, would agree that he was one of the most charming, generous and gentle people they had ever met. He brought harmony to his world and he will be sorely missed. He is survived by his stepfather Anthony B. Clark, brother, Mario (Pal) (Shirley) Palabrica Jr., sister Marlene (Gilbert) Demello, dear friend Judith Presley and many beloved nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to a “Celebration of Life” which will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 9:00 A.M., at Mililani Memorial Park Mortuary, Mauka Chapel , 94560 Kamehameha Highway, Waipahu, Hi 96797 (Tele. 808-677-5631 Op. 1) No flowers, please. Aloha attire, donations are welcome.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran