ALBERT "LARRY" GADDISALBERT "LARRY" GADDIS Albert "Larry" Gaddis passed away at home on October 5, 2014 with his wife Mimi by his side. Larry was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 4, 1947 to Albert and Lenora Gaddis. His father was an Air Force Officer and after Massachusetts the family lived in the Azores, Washington DC, Tokyo, California and Nebraska. Larry's love of fishing began in the neighbor's koi pond in Tokyo when he was six years old. After his father retired from the Air Force in 1967 he and Lenora settled in Paia, Maui. Larry graduated from Bellevue High School, in Bellevue, Nebraska in 1965. He attended the University of Nebraska on a wrestling scholarship and as one of his teammates said, he was not always victorious, but he was always fearless. He graduated in 1969 with a Major in English and his teaching credentials and then moved to Hawaii. He bused tables in Waikiki and lived in the old Waikiki Jungle until he was hired by the Department of Education to teach English at Waialua High School on Oahu. This was a magical time and place for a young man from Nebraska. His passion for fishing was further inspired in Waialua when the other young teachers taught him how to spear and cook fish. Larry moved on to teach at Baldwin High School on Maui. He then earned a Master's Degree from the University of Hawai'i and entered the administrative ranks of the DOE as Vice Principal of Maui High School. He was principal of Kohala School and Enchanted Lake elementary. He was an early adopter of technology through self-study and when he became an Educational Officer for the DOE he helped set up the first computer network in the Hawaii public schools. Larry loved fishing, cooking, eating and people. His particular passion was bottom fishing for deep water snappers in the Hawaiian Islands. He is survived by his wife Mimi Bornhorst Gaddis, son Beau Gaddis, daughter Summer Gaddis, sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Jim Johnson, two granddaughters, four nieces and nephews, five grandnieces and nephews and many friends. Celebration of Life at the Chapel at Oahu Cemetery on October 25, visitation at 2:30 p.m. service at 3:00 p.m., reception to follow, Aloha Attire, Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
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