George Osaki, a loving father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on December 13, 2012. George was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 21, 1935, and served in the military during the Korean War. George was an accomplished graphic artist, studied at The Chicago Art Institute and later moved to Southern California where he enjoyed a long and distinguished career at Capitol Records and MCA Records. George worked closely with many artists such as the Beatles, the Who, Olivia Newton John, Elton John and Lynard Skynard. George was kind, generous and a free spirit who was loved by everyone who met him. He was a Hawaiian at heart. George was a dedicated fan of the Giants, the Yankees, and NASCAR. George is survived by his daughters Diane (Dina) Osaki, Kari Moore and Keli Osaki, his grandchildren Jade Bryant, Noa Bryant and Taylor Williamson, and his siblings Karen Ushijima, Allan (Itchie) Osaki and Cynthia Fujinaka. A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, December 22nd from 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Portofino Hotel and Marina Bayside Ballroom 260 Portofino Way Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310) 379-8481 Formal attire is not required; dress as you would like. We will have a short, informal service and celebrate his life by sharing stories, looking at his pictures and enjoying food and drink together. George will be cremated. In the spring, we will spread his ashes in the ocean in Honolulu, Hawaii where he will be back home again. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Ikaso Foundation-in support of autism and the arts A special fund will be created to share his love of music and art with children with autism. c/o Arrowpoint Partners 100 Filmore Street Suite 325 Denver, Co 80206 Or Best Friends Animal Society 5001 Angel Canyon Road Kanab, Utah 84741 Or via email at

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  1. George was a wonderful man, a warm and caring sole who loved everyone he got to know. We often forget to tell those close to us how much they mean to us, but George taught us not to take our loved ones for granted. He enjoyed every minute he spent with his friends, and especially his family. He took the time to hand make holiday and birthday cards, he mailed us articles he thought we’d want to read, and he liked nothing better than a simple meal with us. He was a huge sports fan, and nobody could disturb him when he was watching the Yankees! He had an unmatched love for his birthplace, Hawaii, and everything Hawaiian. He traveled extensively and had a long and successful career, but in the end, it was family that meant the most to him. We will love and miss his warm heart always.

  2. George was one of my first friends at Capitol Records. He had taken over Ed Thrasher’s position just before I came and I quickly saw that he was a kind and generous person. He showed me the way and remains a great beacon in my early career. Because my name was Mary Journey at the time, he used to call me MJQ. I will always remember his sweet smile and gentle leadership. Aloha to you George. €”Mary Scott

  3. George Osaki’s design for the Beatle’s “White Album” is one of the greatest pieces of art direction and graphic design ever…his beautiful album design work will live on forever. R.I.P. George.

  4. George Osaki taught me a lot as a young journalist. I was often writing and touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and George was clearly their favorite guy at the record company. He was their ambassador of class and style. He was beyond loyal, and his personal generosity showed us all how it was done. When Skynyrd encountered their 1977 tragedy, few knew that George was one of the first guys on the scene… taking command, still helping the band in those awful final minutes. He was a hero and an unforgettable dude. And of course — not even Elvis could top his sideburns. Love you, George.

  5. Still thinking of you after 5 months, especially after listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday Gone”.

  6. I have been think of you for months now, and now I find that you passed away a mere 7 days after you dear buddy-boy Franco!
    My goodness what fantastic memories you two must be rehashing now. I will never forget you George, neither will Paul & Havana..You were a dear, dear and memorable friend.
    God Bless you!
    Ginny Laffitte

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