GILBERT LEWERS LIVINGSTON

Posted On October 4th, 2015 -

$nameGILBERT LEWERS LIVINGSTON Gil Livingston, a fourth generation kamaaina, passed away peacefully at his Manoa home on August 20, 2015, after a long and fruitful life of 90 years. He was the son of Katherine Hopper and Chester Gilbert Livingston, great grandson of James A. Hopper and great-grand nephew of Robert Lewers, who arrived in Hawaii in the early 1850s. Gil joins his loving wife, Mary Lou, who preceded him in 2000. Gil graduated from Punahou School in the class of 1942 following many family members going back to the 1860s. He attended Pomona College in California and after a year, with WWII underway, he enlisted in the Army Aviation Cadet Program and was promoted the following year to Second Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps. He served as a pilot in both the European and Asiatic-Pacific theaters of operation, earning numerous service and honorary awards. On his discharge from active duty as a Major, he remained in the reserves. After completing his education at Pomona College, where he majored in Business Management and Economics, he remained in California where he entered the hotel business. When Hawaii called, Gil returned home and worked in management positions at Kona Inn, and both the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Hotels while doing aerial photography for Pacific Skyways. During his career, Gil held the position of General Manager of the Honolulu International Airport, overseeing the construction and completion of the new terminal and the beginning of jet service to Hawaii in 1959. With tourism increasing dramatically, Gil took over as Vice President and General Manager of Gray Line Hawaii. Later he became Pacific Regional Manager of Airport Parking Co. of America (APCOA) one of the largest parking operations in the US at the time and remained as a consultant after his retirement. Gil took great pride in being married to Mary Lou, and supported her in her role as Police Commissioner for the City and County of Honolulu for nearly 10 years. Gil is survived by his three children, Gilbert L. Livingston Jr. (Vanessa) Lance E. Livingston (Nina) and Lisa E. Livingston, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A "Gathering for Gil" will be held on Saturday, October 24, at Oahu Cemetery Chapel from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the May Templeton Hopper Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. Gil was a dedicated member of various organizations and an active volunteer for charitable causes. He had a kolohe spirit to the very end.

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