Pearl City community says goodbye to a special friend

Jul 9, 2010 | PC Community


Shige Ushiro dedicated a good part of his life giving back to the community as an educator, volunteer and active member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pearl City. Mr. Ushiro passed away on Friday, June 18, 2010. He is missed, but his legacy will live on with those that he has touched through his generosity to serve and improve the lives of residents in the Pearl City Community.

                                        Photo provided by Ushiro Family

I had the pleasure of knowing Shigeo Ushiro for the past 13 years. Mr. Ushiro has held the position of President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer many times over serving PCCA and the community with tireless professional service. Shige was always there for everyone to get the job done. Getting up early in the morning or working late at night on weekdays/weekends was not a problem. Elaine was a model companion in service helping in events that needed add’ll manpower and donating things from her heart.

The Pearl Community and board members will truly miss an icon like Shige for they do not come often. We as board members will always think of Shige as a leader, mentor and a person of goodwill. May God bless Shige for the services given unconditionally for the betterment of our community. Mahalo…

         Warren Hiromoto; Board of Directors, Pearl City Community Association

Shige was an icon in Pearl City.  I remember once many years ago some of us were selling chicken tickets at the Pearl City Shopping Center and it seemed like everyone walking by knew him.  I think he sold 20 tickets for every one ticket the rest of us sold.  He was so outgoing and friendly, talking and joking with everyone.  He gave so much of himself to help our community for so many years.  PCCA events just won't be the same without Shige being the MC… I'll miss his smile, his laugh, and his jokes.  Pearl City has lost a great friend and community leader.  I'll really miss him, but his memory will live on, and we will always remember all the good that he did.

Shige retired from the DOE, where he was long-time principal of Highlands Intermediate School.  Shige was one of the co-founders of the Pearl City Foundation and served on its board of directors from the beginning in 2001 until last year.  He served as PCF's treasurer for many years.  He served on the board of the Manana Community Association, many years as its President…

                                Breene Harimoto; Executive Director, Pearl City Foundation

We, the board members are saddened by the loss of a long time member, Shige Ushiro. He was one we could always count on for his loyal dedication. We shall miss him but we will always have him in our hearts where ever we go and do for our community association. Mahalo and Aloha Shige…

                          Jitsuo Fujimura; President, Pearl City Community Association


                                                            Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Shige Ushiro ( pictured in blue  raincoat ) volunteering at the 2010 Manana Community Association Easter Egg Hunt.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Former Highlands Intermediate School Principal, Mr. Shige Ushiro (center) and current HIS Principal, Mrs. Amy Martinson (right) unveiling 25 year old time capsule from the class of 1985 on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Mr. Ushiro served as principal from 1974-86.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Mr. Ushiro pictured here being sworn in as a board member at the Pearl City Community Association's Installation Banquet in January of 2010.

Thank you to Elaine Ushiro and daughter Cheryl Fujimoto for providing the photo of  Mr. Ushiro and for their kind words with regards to presenting this tribute to a truly a humble and great man.

Funeral Services for Shige Ushiro will be held on Monday, July 12 at the Mililani Mauka Chapel. Visitation is from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Service to follow.