Robert Akiyoshi Watanabe, 78

Robert Akiyoshi Watanabe, 78, passed peacefully at home with family on February 20, 2014.

Services to be held on Saturday, March 8 at Mantokuji Soto Mission of Paia, 253 Hana Hwy at 10am. Celebration of life luncheon at 11am. In lieu of flowers and gifts please make a donation to your favorite charity or help those in need as Bob did in his lifetime.

Born in Wailuku, Maui on March 30, 1935, Bob enjoyed a multifaceted 56 year career with NOAA National Weather Service Pacific Region. He served under 11 Presidents, in locations from the South Pacific to Washington D.C.

Bob’s awards and commendations include The Dept. of Commerce Bronze Medal, NOAA?s highest award.

He is survived by his wife Marlene, daughters Colleen Sword, Michele (Dave) Buck, stepchldren Emiko (Ed) Joy, Mihdi and Quddus Ajimine, 9 grandchildren, sister Sue and brother Stan Watanabe.

Much aloha to the MMMC Oncology Dept., Dr Altaha and staff, Hospice Maui, Pacific Cancer Foundation, Mantokuji Soto Mission of Paia, and Edward Young, NOAA, NWS Dep. Reg. Dir.

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