The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001027309-02
Funeral Notices

GARY KENNETH STERN Gary Kenneth Stern, 79, of Waikiki, Hawaii, passed away from complications with cancer at Island Hospice on August 26, 2017. Gary was born on December 2, 1937 to Eunice and William Stern. In 1943, at the age of six, he went to live in Palolo with his grandparents Elizabeth and Harry Stern. Pukele Playground was the stomping grounds for him and his bevy of friends. He had many cherished memories of his park "rat" days with the neighborhood kids from the Asato, Clark, Kekona, Asao, Kekoa, and Tringalli families. In 1955, he and his grandparents moved to Kailua. This is when Gary decided to join in 1959, he sought employment with Hawaiian Electric Company. Gary was dedicated to keeping the lights on and took great pride in his job as a lineman. He retired from Hawaiian Electric in 1990 as a working foreman after 31 years of turning darkness to light. Once retired, he enjoyed watching T.V. in his favorite rocker recliner, going to the movies, taking his dog on walks, having lunch with his friend George, and spending quality time with his wife and daughter. Gary treasured his grandchildren and especially loved to be in the audience watching his granddaughter dance hula. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family. Gary is survived by his wife Alexis; daughter, Cheyene (Ryan) Hoshino; grandchildren, Tatum and Cade-Ryan Hoshino; brothers, William (Anita) and Kepa (Kanani) Stern; sisters, Pauahi Cockett, Anela (Paul) Shimizu, and Sandy Barney. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Nu’uanu Memorial Park and Mortuary, service to follow. Casual attire requested.