Kamaaina businessman Richard A. Cooke Jr. died Wednesday in San Mateo, Calif., at the age of 84.
Rites Tuesday for kamaainaBy Mary Adamski, Star-Bulletin
Richard A. Cooke
Cooke was the former president of Richard Cooke Developments and the Cooke Foundation Ltd. With his former wife, the late Loraine Day Cooke, he helped found the Hawaii School for Girls.
Cooke left C. Brewer and Co. in 1966 after 27 years to form his own business, which later became Richard Cooke Construction and Pole Houses of Hawaii.
"He exemplified the term Renaissance man," said niece Lynne Johnson. "He was a business entrepreneur, a father and husband, an artist, writer, lover of poetry and literature, athlete, world traveler and community leader."
Cooke reflected his broad interests in a monthly family letter. "He would always review a book, review a movie, tell what is going on in the business community and in the family -- a wonderful way to keep the family in touch," Johnson said.
Friends and family members were recipients of Cooke's wood carvings and ceramic sculptures. "One special gift was whenever anybody had a child, they were given a rabbit he had carved or a ceramic one he had made," Johnson said.
He and his wife Vivienne moved to California after he retired from his business about seven years ago.
Cooke was born in Hawaii, the grandson of New England missionaries. He graduated from Punahou School, Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and Yale University. He was swim team captain in high school and college and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 1936. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He is survived by wife Vivienne; sisters Patricia C. Peacock and Dagmar C. Hegland; children Richard A. III, Starr E. and L. Brett Cooke, Marcia C. Duff, Brian D. Farquharson and Cynthia de Moucheron.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kawaiahao Church. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Hawaii School for Girls, Molokai Community Services Council or Mission Houses Museum.
Sung Sik Bak, 53, of Honolulu, a taxi driver, died Saturday in Honolulu. He was born in Korea. He is survived by daughters Jennifer and Christina and brothers Sung-Ok and Sung-Bok. Services: 3 p.m. tomorrow at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 2 p.m. Cremation to follow.
Joan M. Chinen, 49, of Mililani, a state Department of Human Services employee, died Tuesday in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by mother Doris M.; brothers Stephen Y. and Merton Y., and sister Bernice S. Unthank. Services: 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1666 Mott-Smith Dr. Call after 4:30 p.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.
Teresita C. dela Cruz, 50, of Waipahu, a Waiakamilo McDonald's employee, died last Friday in Queen's Hospital. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by husband Rolando; sons Arnel, Bernard, Allan and Regie; daughters Roda and Joy; mother Gregoria G. Cadiz; brothers Mario and Romeo Onde; sisters Juliana Galicinao and Josefina, Nellie and Annie Onde, and two grandchildren. Services: 8 p.m. Sunday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Monday at Waipahu United Church of Christ. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.
Kiyono Hara, 98, of Hilo, a teacher of Japanese, died Jan. 7 in Hilo Hospital. She was born in Yamaguchi Ken, Japan. She is survived by sons Norio, Yoriyoshi, Mitsuo and Genno; daughters Sadako Iwasaki and Sumiko Ikeda, 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Private services.
Yachiyo Imamura, 87, of Kekaha, Kauai, died Tuesday in Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born in Makaweli, Kauai. She is survived by husband Hiroki; sons Gordon Harada and Dennis Imamura; daughters Shirley Steed, Arleen Santos and Fay Lazzereschi; brother Kazuo Matsumoto; sisters Natsumi Uyeno, Judy Tong and Yoshino and Natsue Okada, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Garden Island Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Tamayo Kasai, 89, of Haiku, Maui, died Wednesday at home. She was born in Olowalu, Maui. She is survived by sons Henry and George; daughter Doris Takesue; brother Kiyoshi Hayashi, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services over the ashes: 5 p.m. tomorrow at Nakamura Mortuary.
Hendrick H. Knop, 80, of Honolulu, a retired board chairman of Ciba-Geigy Co., died last Friday in Queen's Hospital. He was born in the Netherlands. He is survived by wife Sonia. Graveside services: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. No flowers.
Jesse T. Malandra, 80, of Pahoa, Hawaii, a retired employee for the city and county government in Seattle, died Jan. 6 in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Fall River, Mass. He is survived by wife Annetta C.; son John; daughters Carol Hoffman and Cathy Malandra; brother George; sisters Helen Matthews, Nelda Rossi, Lydia Pittman and Viola Mattera, and three grandchildren. Memorial Mass: 8 a.m. Tuesday at Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Casual attire.
Takeshi Nakagawa, 84, of Aiea, who retired from Oahu Sugar, died Tuesday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was a veteran of the 100th Infantry Battalion. He was born in Waialua. He is survived by wife Shizue; sons Raymond T. and Wayne S.; daughters Judy T. Ueoka and Irene A. Furuta; brother Mamoru; sisters Kaneko Murakami, Shizuko Matsuda and Florence Y. Kiyono, and 10 grandchildren. Memorial services: 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Casual attire. No flowers.
Masakazu Nitta, 74, of Wahiawa, a retired heavy equipment mechanic for Oahu Transfer, died Dec. 21 at home. He was born in Waipahu. He is survived by wife Sachiko; daughters Laura Hidani, Lynn Bessara and Leann Nitta; brother Jitsuo; sister Peggy Miura, and three grandchildren. Private services.
Joseph Rabisa Jr., 81, of Hilo, a retired supervisor for the Hilo Municipal Golf Course, died Wednesday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Deolinda; sons Raymond, Arthur and Wendell; brothers Richard and Milton; sisters Mary Arruda and Sylvia Simoes, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Glad Tidings Church, 116 Kapiolani St. in Hilo. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.
Margaret K.L. Schmidt, 82, of Honolulu, died last Friday in St. Francis-West Hospital. She was born in Germany. She is survived by sister Lucie Satmann. Private services.
Joe T.S. Seiki, 83, of Hilo, an electrical supervisor for Hamakua Sugar, died Wednesday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Hiroshima, Japan. He is survived by wife Ai K. and son Russell. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Ushi Shimabukuro, 101, of Honolulu, died Jan. 10 in the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. She was born in Okinawa, Japan. She is survived by son James M. Miyashiro; daughter Edna S. Higa; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.
Mildred S. Sora, 79, of Gardena, Calif., a retired teacher, died Dec. 29. She was born in Hawaii. She is survived by sister Muriel. Services on the mainland.
Thomas Y. Tateishi, 72, of Honolulu, a retired staff sergeant for the U.S. Army, died Dec. 25 in Tripler Hospital. He was born in Honolulu, he is survived by brother Masayuki and sisters Hope Toyofuku, Rae Arakaki, Nancy Mishima and Jean Nakatsuka. Private services.
Margaret L. Timm, 78, of Kihei, died Tuesday at home. She was born in Spokane, Wash. She is survived by son Bill; daughters Debbi Brown and Peggy Campbell; brother Vernon Brasch, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 3 p.m. tomorrow at Hope Chapel in Kihei. Donations suggested to Hospice Maui, 400 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793.
Richard T. Wakabayashi, 69, of Pearl City, a retired collector for the city Board of Water Supply, died Sunday in St. Francis-West Hospice. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Miyoko Florence; sons Rick M. and Burt M.; brothers Tadashi, Asato and Yoshitaka; sisters Haruko Florence Ichijo and Dorothy Y. Nitta, and two grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.