ROBERT TOMIYA SATO
ROBERT TOMIYA SATO September 17, 1917 - August 26, 2015 Robert Tomiya Sato, a proud WWII veteran and community servant, transitioned in peace to his next adventure. He was born in Waipahu on September 17, 1917, son of Yazo and Toyo Sato of Fukushima, Japan. Robert was raised by relatives in Japan after his mother's sudden death. He returned to Hawaii at age 17 and learned to speak English while teaching Japanese poetry. Drafted into the U.S. Army, he served with the 100th Infantry Battalion experiencing fierce battles in Italy and France where he sustained life-threatening injuries. He recovered and benefiting from the G.I. Bill, earned a B.A. degree from Bradley University in 1953. In 1955, he married Kazue Kondo of Hiroshima, Japan, and brought her to Hawaii to start a new life. Robert worked as the first Executive Secretary of Club 100 (veterans club), Senior Vice President of Manoa Finance as well as a citizenship course teacher at McKinley Community School. Throughout his long life of 97 years, he was loved for his kindness, friendliness, and service to the community. Robert passed away at Maunalani Nursing Center a day after his 60th wedding anniversary with Kazue. Robert is also survived by daughters Barbara Low (Jim) and Pauline Sato (Cal Hirai) and grandchildren Brandon and Diane Low. A Celebration of Life will be held at the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans on October 17 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 520 Kamoku St. Casual attire. Parking at Ala Wai Elementary. On October 19, at 10:30 am a committal service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans. Condolences: hawaiianmemorialpark/mortuary.com.
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