ROBERT “BOBBY” KAZUO KANEKO
ROBERT BOBBY KAZUO KANEKO Age 87, of Pearl City, HI, most fondly remembered as "Bobby", passed away August 29, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 5, 1927 to Kazuo and Ida (Goeas Gomes) Kaneko. He grew up in Kalihi and was a proud Alumni of Farrington High School Class of 1945. He was an outstanding three sport athlete who lettered in baseball, football, and basketball. Baseball was his true love and in the 1950's he was the first "Hapa" to make the roster of the AJA (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) League because his father was a Nikkei. Following his graduation, he was drafted by the United States Army and worked in the Medics for a couple years. Following his military service, Bobby began his 47 year career as a member of the Iron Workers Union Local 625 working with Hawaiian Reinforcing Steel Company; a family owned business before retiring in 1994. An avid golfer, who maintained a 4 handicap at the top of his game, also credited with a "hole in one", was the oldest active playing lifetime member at Moanalua Golf Club. Bobby's passion for sports enabled him to dedicate countless hours coaching Little League baseball in Moiliili in the early 1960's. After moving to Pearl City in 1970, he transitioned to the Pearl City Little League organization and was an assistant coach at Pearl City High School. He continued to coach the youth at the Pearl City Little Leagues thru the 1990's. He was the family Patriarch, the Provider, the Protector, the Teacher, the Friend, the Disciplinarian, and the most Loving man anyone could ask for. He would entertain you for hours reminiscing about the good ole' days and always welcomed you into his home. His wife, children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren meant the world to him and were blessed to have him in their lives. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marian S. Kaneko; sons, Robert (Freda) Kaneko III, Clyde Kaneko, Scotty Kaneko, Robin (Lisa) Kaneko; daughters, Dana (Anthony) Almaraz, Kelly (George) San Nicolas, Susan (Donn Manzano) Amaral; Hanai daughters, Lorna (Steve) Miyamoto, Lori (Robert Utterdyke) Yamamoto; sister Carol (Roy) Yonemitsu; 42 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Tuesday (October 6) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.
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