TSUNEO TEDDY TED TANIGUCHI
One of Hawai'i's long-time glazing experts, Tsuneo Teddy "Ted" Taniguchi, President of the Akamai Glass Company, passed away on October 14, 2019 at the age of 79 after a short illness. Ted enjoyed a long and successful career for 57 years, first at City Mill working in their glazing division, then starting his own company, ABC Glass, until finally branching out to form the Akamai Glass Company with his wife and partner, Charijean Watanabe, and their son and owner, Zachary Taniguchi. Ted loved serving the public with his extraordinary knowledge of glazing, and found a great deal of enjoyment in working hard alongside his "second family" at Akamai Glass. He enjoyed training the crew and delighted on how quickly they learned the quality and high standards that he was taught by others and continued to uphold. He was especially happy in mentoring his son Zachary, who was born to him when he was 52 years young, and who "is like a sponge, remembering everything we discussed daily." In the few days off that he'd allow himself to take, Ted would participate in the "Kazoku Club" activities, a fun group of Chari's 17 cousins and spouses. Ted, who was a very loved member of the Kazoku Club, played golf, went bowling and ventured on Neighbor Island trips while also meeting monthly for a 19th hole party or post-bowling get together, usually at Auntie Judy's house. Ted was also a member of the Mililani Hongwanji Mission and the Wahiawa Kyo-Yu Kai. Predeceased by his parents, Robert and Florence Taniguchi, Ted is survived by his loving wife, Charijean Watanabe and their incredible son, Zachary Taniguchi. He is also survived by brothers Dennis (Aline) Taniguchi of North Carolina and Reuben (Mary) Taniguchi of Texas; and sisters, Karen (Lawrence) Yamamoto of Honolulu and Lorine (Richard "Chick") DeCoite of Maui, as well as sisters-in-law Lori (Vincent) Kanaeholo and Lilinoe (Vern) Watanabe-Miller. Ted is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Our sincere mahalo to Dr. Lisa Camara, Dr. Rossini Botev, and Dr. Warren Tamamoto of the Kaiser Medical Center and also to Yuko Santos, RN, of Pearlridge Home Therapy for their exceptional care and support through the years. Buddhist Services will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel. Visitation from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. with services to begin at 6:00 p.m. Ted was a happy, simple, dependable, and very generous man who gave a lot, but wanted little in return. He will be missed by all.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased