Tadashi C. Fujioka


Posted: Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Juneau resident Tadashi C. Fujioka, 85, died June 27, 2005, at his home in Tee Harbor.

He was born Nov. 1, 1919, in Seattle. He graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle and attended the University of Washington from 1939 to 1942. He earned a freshman letter in football and a varsity letter in swimming. He worked summers for the New England Fish Company in Taku Inlet and in Ketchikan, where he met Cherry Tatsuda.

They were married Feb. 5, 1943, at the Minidoka Relocation Camp in Idaho, where their families were interned during WWII. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy and France in 1944 and 1945.

After the war, he finished his education at the University of Washington and settled in Seattle to raise their children. In 1983, he retired from Boeing and the family moved to Juneau. He helped build homes for his daughter, Sara, and son, Jeff. He built a home for himself at Tee Harbor, where he enjoyed many seasons of king salmon fishing.

He was a long-time member of St. Brendan's Episcopal Church and was active in senior volunteer services. He was a member of the Juneau Amateur Radio Club and held the highest class of amateur radio license, Amateur Extra.

He is survived by his wife, Cherry; his four children, Jeff (Carol) Fujioka, Sarajean (Tim Maguire) Fujioka of Juneau, Barbara (Roger) Edwards, and son John Fujioka of Seattle, Wash.; his four grandchildren, Tad J. (Sara) Fujioka of Sitka, Kerry (Andrew) Hill of Portland, Ore., Jessica Edwards of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Stephen Edwards of Seattle; and his sister, Mariko Fujioka of Seattle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. He was a supporter of St. Brendan's Episcopal Church which has a building fund, and Juneau Senior Volunteer Services. He also gave to many national and international children support charities.

A communion service will be 2 p.m., July 9, at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church in Juneau.

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