The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001327887-01
Funeral Notices


ROBERT "POP"
DELA CUESTA

86, of Aiea, Hawai’i, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2021. Pop graduated from McKinley High School in 1953, where he was an All-Star basketball player and ROTC cadet. He later joined the army and served honorably during the Korean War. He then worked as a merchant marine with Matson, and retired from the City and County of Honolulu.
Pop was passionate about soccer. For almost 40 years he was dedicated to coaching Hawaii’s youth and was well-known in the Hawai’i soccer community. He founded Ka ‘Oi Soccer Club, and coached various club and high school teams. He is most known for his ‘fast footwork’ sessions he ran at Waiau Park in Aiea. Pop had a great impact on many young players and their families, and he leaves behind an incredible legacy.
Pop is survived by his wife of 45 years, Loretta; daughters Thalia, Bambi, and Beatle; sons Jonathan and Braden; grandchildren: Ian, Joshua, Richard Jr., Emelie, Olivia, and Jacob; great grandchildren: Caleb, Kylah, and Karly; sisters: Genevieve, Leonora, and Carol; and brothers Kenneth, and Dennis. Pop also had many hanai children, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Leonard, and by his oldest son Bobby Boy.

A private service and Celebration of Life was held.