Thomas Lee Limm
Thomas Lee Limm, who spent many decades running in road races, officially crossed the finish line of his last race on June 10 in Honolulu. He was born in 1930 in Taipei, Taiwan and educated in Japanese schools. During a time of political turmoil his family spent time living in both Mainland China and Taiwan. He met his wife, Caroline ((Ai-Chih Huang) while playing first-base for his college baseball team. The pursuit of democratic ideals and better educational opportunities for his three children led Thomas and Caroline to immigrate to Honolulu in the mid-sixties. Thomas' wanderlust and fluency in multiple languages led to overseas jobs in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, and New York City. His work in marine insurance even led to a professional return to Beijing in the early days of China's economic reform in the mid-80s.

Over the span of 30+ years, Thomas' daily uniform of a headband and running shorts were a familiar sight to the Hawaii Kai Fun Runners Club and east Oahu commuters. At least once a week he "enjoyed" jogging from downtown to his home in Hawaii Kai. He logged many miles as he trained seriously for marathons and ultra-marathons in Honolulu, New York City, Chicago, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Japan.

Thomas was always in a hurry to go, until he wasn't. He passed quietly at home after a two-year struggle with a failing heart. His family believes that he has finally found peace and a reason to be still. On the other hand, they wonder if Thomas is doing laps and now running in a body blessedly free of pain and anguish. Caroline and her children are very grateful to the kind and compassionate caregivers who took care of him during his final long days.

Thomas is survived by his wife of nearly seven decades, Caroline, his son, Dr. Whitney Limm and his family, Harvalee (Lau) and Drs. Blair and Eddie Chan of Los Angeles, Codi Limm and Tommy Murphy of San Francisco, and Drew Limm of New York City; son, John and his family Margo (Marsh), Henry and Walter Limm of Mukilteo, Washington, and daughter, Maggie Limm and her family, Dr. Dana Bartone, Xander, and Nicco Bartone of Georgetown, Maine. No funeral service will be held. Family and friends wishing to make donations are encouraged to support the critical work of the Queens Health System.

Arrangements Provided By: Diamond Head Mortuary Chapel

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