John Hiroshi Yamamoto
The late John Hiroshi Yamamoto, 76, passed away peacefully at his Kaneohe home on February 14, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. John was the beloved husband of Cheri Yamamoto; father to Jeanne-Marie Coloma (Keone), Tamiko Broms (Robert Morgan), Julianne King (Don), Kimiko Yamamoto and Corrina Yamamoto; grandfather to Rhema, Zoe and Zechariah Sabate, Elijah and Ethan Broms, Aukai, Dane (Northon) and Beau King and Jazmyn Waialae. John was born in Tokyo, Japan on June 10, 1940 and moved to the United States in 1955. He was the son of Judy and Thomas Hiraaki Yamamoto. He was the brother to Roger Yamamoto (Cathy) and the late Janet Yamamoto Ziegler. John was a graduate of St. Mary's Catholic High School, earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Manhattan College and his MBA at St. John's University in New York. He moved to Massachusetts after college and in 1980, he moved to Hawaii with his family. He was a registered professional engineer with a RME Contractor's License and a licensed Real Estate Broker. For over 40 years, John had a successful career in the real estate, engineering and construction industries. He received several accolades: a nomination by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year, received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pacific Edge Magazine and honored with a Merit Award by the City and County of Honolulu. Under his leadership, his company, PEMCO, Ltd., has been named one of Hawaii's Top 250 Companies and Most Charitable Companies by Hawaii Business News and given recognition from DiversityBusiness.com, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. In 1984, John founded PEMCO, Ltd., an environmental engineering firm. As the Chairman of the Board, his leadership established PEMCO Ltd. as a preferred partner in various disciplines of private and government contracting. Some of his notable multi-million-dollar engineering and construction management projects are the renovation of the Ala Moana Hotel, the development of Ko'olau Golf Course and servicing of federal buildings such as the warehouses at Shafter Flats and the Child Development Center on Schofield Barracks. In the late 1990s, John steered the evolution of PEMCO Ltd. into services to address real estate market shifts which served as a growth catalyst for the future. Since then, PEMCO Ltd. maintains offices in Hawaii, California, Colorado and Georgia and has managed multiple contracts for the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), contracts with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense (DOD). PEMCO Ltd. expanded by opening a full service real estate sales division, PEMCO Realty. Through his dedication and devotion, PEMCO Ltd. has remained steadfast in their vision to lead the real estate industry in marketing, management and sales for private clients and government agencies. Wake service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial. Funeral service to be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Valley of the Temples.
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