The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001203101-01
Funeral Notices


90, of Honolulu, passed away on May 20, 2019, at Pali Momi hospital, surrounded by family. The eldest of six children, he was born in Honolulu on August 3, 1928, to Matsue and Sueguma Shomura. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Frances Shomura. He is survived by his three children, Lisa (Tim) Teague, Miki (Roderic) Moore, and Mark (Rachel) Shomura; six grandchildren, Matt, Chris (Kristine), David (Whitney), Laura, Chad, and Kelsey; three great- grandsons, Carson, Emmett, and Wesley; his siblings, Raymond, Ruth (Tom) Nakai, and Margaret Akasaka; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and many friends.

Richard attended Kaimuki High School and obtained a master’s degree in marine biology with an emphasis in fisheries from the University of Hawaii. He worked for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service from 1950 to his retirement in 1987, holding a variety of positions, including Director of NOAA labs in Long Beach, Tiburon, and Honolulu, as well as a brief stint in Washington D.C. As he requested, there will be no services, but a private ceremony was held to scatter his ashes off Waikiki, where he spent much of his childhood.

Arrangements Provided By:
Hosoi Garden Mortuary