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Obituaries for Friday, October 20, 2023

James Yamamoto Locquiao Sr.

James Yamamoto Locquiao Sr., of Kekaha, Kaua‘i, passed away on Sept. 20, 2023, at the age of 84 at Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital. He was born in Makaweli, Kaua‘i, on Jan. 29, 1939. He retired as an Industrial Mechanic for the Kekaha Sugar Plantation. He spent his time on the West side of the island as a warm-hearted family man and was known as Mister Miyagi of Kekaha. Jimmy devoted time and all that he had to his family and loves each and every one of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents Antipolo Locquiao and Yachiyo Yamamoto Locquiao.

James will be lovingly remembered by his wife Josefina, his children Cedric (Donald), Rosalind (Jason), James Jr. (Gernaline), Tricia, Vanessa (Irvin), April (Johnny), Anson (Margaret), Amber (Eric John), sisters Dolores, Nora, along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, at Garden Island Mortuary in Lawa‘i. Visitation with the family will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with services to follow afterwards from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The family requests casual attire and that flowers be omitted.

George Richard Fern

In loving memory of George Richard Fern, born on Oct. 15, 1946, and peacefully passed away on Oct. 8, 2023, at the age of 76.

He is survived by his loving partner Donna Garza, family members daughter Christina, grandson Kamuela, brother Richard, Cecelia, sons George and his wife Aiko and Brian and his wife Gina, grandchildren Aiden, Miye, Keane, Kohana and Sachie. George also leaves behind numerous nephews, nieces and cousins who held a special place in his heart.

George’s professional journey began in 1975 when he established Kaua‘i Floors, Inc., a successful flooring business that thrived until its closure in 2012. His dedication to the trade led him to become an esteemed member of the Hawai‘i Flooring Association and a valued Board Member of the Western Floor Covering Association.

Over the years, George had the privilege of enhancing countless homes and projects, living up to his company’s motto: “Kaua‘i Floors – Your Feet Will Love You for It.”

Beyond his work, George had a deep passion for life. He loved traveling, dedicating his time to volunteering at Na ‘Ania Kai Botanical Gardens, strolling along the beach, tending to his property, and hosting gatherings for friends and family. For more than three decades, he was dedicated to his daily Tai Chi practice.

A private celebration of George’s life is planned for Nov. 11, 2023. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in George’s honor.
Source: The Garden Island

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