JOHN WHITE CATERJOHN WHITE CATER John White Cater of Kaimuki died in the Queens Medical Center on June 25, 2014. An avid surfer, he took off on his Aloha Wave surrounded by loved ones-his wife Virginia (Ginny) Meade, his godson, Steven DiMauro, and some of his dearest, closest extended family. He was 82. John was born in London. He spent his early school years in England, Connecticut, and Italy with his beloved Mom, then earned an engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal. From there, John went to New York City, and spent his young-man days gravitating between his grandfather's upper class living, and his "friend of the beats" West Side buddies. In an East Side movie house, John saw the surfing film "Endless Summer", headed to Hawaii to see what it was all about, and in 1968 he fell in love with the ocean, the sport, and the islands. He stayed for the rest of his life. John fully embraced the culture, the community and the aloha of Hawaii, learning some of the language, singing Hawaiian songs, and becoming a hanai child of the aina. He became a proficient surfer, winning many Hawaiian amateur contests, and becoming a Grand Master and Legend in his 60's. He finally hung up his board at the age of 75. A computer programmer in the field's early days, he took a break from so much work, entered the newly-established William S. Richardson School of Law, and earned a J.D. with the historic first graduating class in 1976. After passing the Hawaii Bar, he also passed the California Bar under his firm belief that you can always use another ticket. He continued to practice law in Hawaii until his retirement from the State ADLRO as an administrative hearing officer in 2007. In addition to his loving wife, John is survived by his brother Martin (Cindy) Cater of Cheltenham, UK, brother-in-law James Meade of Buffalo, NY, numerous nieces and nephews, and a far-reaching, large, and many-branched extended family. Fiercely loyal, loving and giving, deeply caring for his family and friends, John donated his body to the John A. Burns School of Medicine for teaching and research. An ocean paddle out of flowers and blessing will be held at Kuhio Beach on Sunday, July 27, at 7:30am. Loose flowers and hearts full of aloha are welcome.
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