December 8, 1923 ~ December 18, 2009
Hobi Fujiu a long time resident of Torrance, CA passed away on Friday, December 18, 2009 in Torrance, CA. after a courageous battle with a long illness. Hobi was born in 1923 on December 8th, in Fresno, CA.
Hobi was born to parents Torazo (father) and Shoko (mother) Fujiu. He was brother to Victor (now deceased) Fujiu and Miyeko (Roy) Takaya. He was a "Nisei," second generation Japanese American.
Soon after Hobi's birth the family relocated to the Los Angeles area where he spent most of his youth. Hobi attended Manual Arts High School where he lettered in many sports like tennis and basketball. Sports became a life long passion as both a player of and a spectator. It is here that Hobi's love of U.S.C. started.
While in high school, he wanted to become a commercial artist, but sadly his academic/personal dreams were interrupted by World War II., like many other Japanese American families, he and his family were to be sent to the internment camps - Santa Anita in California and then to the Amache Camp in Colorado.
It was at Amache Relocation Camp that Hobi proudly volunteered to fight for the United States of America. He became a proud member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, more specifically the Anti-Tank Company. Hobi flew in to Europe by glider, one of the most dangerous ways of transportation into enemy lines. The 442nd Combat Team became the most highly decorated unit in U.S. Military history. Hobi's efforts in the war earned him the Bronze Star. The 442nd's battle cry was "Go For Broke" and we believe he lived by that motto all his life, especially at his end.
After the war Hobi married his first wife Sayoko Sadahiro and they had two wonderful children; Robert Hobi Fujiu and Beverly Jean Fujiu. They lived in the Los Angeles area.
Hobi became a gardener and worked very hard at this job. He was a strong Christian and was very active in the West LA Methodist Church (and later the Venice Free Methodist Church), and was a founding member of the "Flying Lions" youth organization. During this time, Hobi coached many sports teams that Bobby and Beverly were on. Sadly, Hobi lost his first wife Sayoko "Sally" Sadahiro to cancer.
It was four years later that Hobi married Kazumi Yamashita. They had one wonderful daughter, Carol. Hobi decided to become an insurance agent and then later owned his own insurance company, "Hobi Fujiu Insurance," in Gardena, CA. The family relocated to Torrance, CA.
Through the years Hobi's immediate family would grow to include Bobby's wife Melanie, Beverly's husband Bruce (now deceased) Ariyasu, and Carol's husband Ross Takano. He would be blessed with five grandchildren; Bobby's son Keith and daughter Paige, Beverly and Bruce's daughter Trisha, and Carol and Ross's children Sophie and Sammy. Hobi would also have a brother in law Roy Takaya (Miyeko's husband) and sister in law Kiyo (Victor's wife).
Hobi was a person who enjoyed award winning fishing, bowling (until he fell off the roof and broke his arm), golfing, Las Vegas, was a very sharp dresser (wore a Zoot Suit for his high school graduation), loved Cadillac's, and art. He also was and will be known as someone who was a passionate spectator of sports in his later years, especially of USC College sports and a connoisseur of Hawaiian and Chinese foods and Tito's Tacos
WE will remember him as a much loved husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle, cousin, and friend. Hobi had an unbelievable will and strength. He lived a completely full life and we will miss him so much.
Hobi is survived by his wife of 45 years Kazumi, sister Miyeko (Roy) Takaya, son Robert (Melanie) Fujiu of Colorado, daughters Beverly Ariyasu of Los Angeles and Carol (Ross) Takano of Rancho Palos Verdes, grandchildren Keith and Paige (Robert) Fujiu, Trisha (Beverly) Ariyasu, and Sophie and Sammy (Carol) Takano, and many other extended family members.
Hobi is preceded in death by his father Torazo Fujiu, mother Shoko Fujiu, brother Victor Fujiu, first wife Sayoko "Sally" Fujiu, and son in law Bruce Ariyasu.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 27th, 2009 at 2:00pm at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. Free valet parking will be available. A reception at the Sea Empress Restaurant in Gardena will immediately follow.
Burial services will be held on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 3:00pm at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
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