Joseph E. Spadaro

Posted On April 14th, 2013 -

Died on March 18, 2013 at age 95 in Honolulu. “To Joe, the real Go-Getter!”, an inscription in a book presented to Joe by a friend, describes well his love of a challenge and his persistence in solving any problem. Among his many accomplishments over his lifetime, he was a successful farmer, teacher of auto mechanics in Utica, N.Y., and at Kamehameha School (1962-64). He converted Aloha Airlines fleet of equipment to propane while with Honolulu Gas Co., and later repaired the hydraulic systems on minesweepers. After retirement, he built three homes on the Big Island in Waikoloa Village when it was a budding community. Born in Italy on April 21, 1917, and serving there during WWII, Joe re-learned the language in recent years by socializing on Skype with relatives. Among his favorite hobbies were sailing aboard his boat the Serendipity II with family and friends, repairing computers, and playing billiards, of which he did the latter two up to the time of his death. Joseph is survived by his wife of 64 years, Luella Nelson Spadaro; his son, John Nelson Spadaro and wife, Linda; and his daughter, Mary Louise Spadaro and partner, Bruce Tornquist; all of Honolulu, and several nieces and nephews on the mainland. A Celebration of Life will be held for Joe at Arcadia Retirement Residence on his birthday, Sunday, April 21. On Monday, the 22nd, at 10:30am, there will be an honor ceremony preceding his interment at Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery. Both gatherings are public.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran