James Saburo Awaya, Honolulu, Hawaii-born Kibei Nisei resident of Gardena, Calif. passed away peacefully on Nov. 9 at age 77.
He is survived by his wife, Yoko Awaya; daughters, Mary (Jay) Tahata and Patricia (Jay) Takata; grandson, Kenji Tahata; sisters, Yoshiye Awaya, Helen Yamamura and Kazuko (Hiromi) Ueda (Japan); nephews, Henry Awaya and Edward (Fay) Awaya; and many other relatives here and in Japan.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Gardena Buddhist Church, 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena.
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