Thursday, February 28, 2002


Former HPD officer had
love for family and work

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By Rosemarie Bernardo

Barry Noboru Fujii was selfless, always willing to help others, said his wife, Jean.

"He just loved people. He was really a people person," said Jean.

Fujii, retired major of the Honolulu Police Department, died Saturday at Hospice Hawaii. He was 59 years old.

Fujii was born on Oct. 11, 1942, in Honolulu. He attended McKinley High School when he first met Jean Ishimine during their sophomore year.

Fujii married Jean in July 1965. A year later, he joined the Honolulu Police Department, where he worked in various divisions including Research and Development and the Criminal Investigation Division. Fujii was the head of Community Relations Division before he retired in 1993.

"He certainly enjoyed doing that work," Jean said.

Soon after his retirement, Fujii worked as an assistant director of security training for General Growth Management at Ala Moana Center.

Director Harold Kawasaki, a former assistant police chief, said, "He was a very upbeat person, very supportive of our program."

"He was very well respected and well liked by others," Kawasaki said. "He can talk to people and make them feel comfortable without compromising responsibility."

Fujii is also survived by his daughters Sherri and Misty; son Derek; mother Helen; brothers Gordon, Melvin and Stanford; and granddaughter Maile.

Visitation will take place on Sunday at Borthwick Mortuary from noon to 1 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. No flowers are requested. Inurnment is scheduled for a later date.

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