GEORGE SHIPMAN 1923-2015 George Shipman passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on April 12, 2015. Born to Helen and Sherley Shipman in Cleveland, Ohio, George was the youngest of 3 boys. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, serving as a gunner's mate on a fuel ship until the end of WWII. He returned to Ohio, attending Ohio University on the GI Bill, and received an accounting degree. Moving to Hawaii in 1951 to begin work with the accounting firm Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell in Honolulu, he was dispatched to Maui to audit and serve the company's accounts there. One of the accounts belonged to Gus and Grace Guslander of Island Holidays, who had a small hotel on Maui, and the newly acquired Coco Palms on Kauai. In 1956 he began working at Island Holidays as Comptroller, and later, Vice President/Treasurer. The company pioneered tourism on the neighbor islands, and created company divisions for travel, tours, and construction. Their hotels included the famous Coco Palms Resort, the Hanalei Plantation, Waiohai Resort in Poipu, and the Poipu Beach Hotel on Kauai, the Royal Lahaina with adjacent golf course, and Maui Palms on Maui, Hawaii Holiday Isle and Pali Palms on Oahu, plus the Kona Palms and Hotel King Kamehameha on the Big Island. Island Holidays was sold to Amfac in 1969. Soon afterwards he bought a small business named Kava Craft, which he operated with his wife, Annette, for 15 years. He and Annette were married in 1957. He is survived by his wife Annette, children Tom, Kathy (Ray Wimberley), Jim, (Kinau), Patrick (Nicole), and 6 grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 11:00 am at St. Anthony's Church in Kailua, 148 Makawao St., Kailua, Oahu, Hi. Visitation starting at 10:30 am and reception to follow. There will be a private burial.
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