Harold Figueroa passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019 at the age of 90 in Plano, Texas where his final care was provided. Harold is survived by his wife Helen June of 70 years, daughters Carol Forbus (Ron), Rena Mainprice; sons Harold Glen, and Allen Dale (Michelle); eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and expecting great, great grandson in February.
Harold was born September 18, 1928 in Aiea, Hawaii. Harold and June were married In Hawaii November 13, 1948; had four children and decided in 1957 to move to the mainland (California). California became home and where they raised their children, but Hawaii remains forever in his heart. Hayward became home for 51 years. November 2017 he would never go home again; from 2017 to 2019 he went from the hospital to rehab to skilled nursing. December 26, 2018 his wife decided the best place for his final care was to move to Texas.
Harold’s legacy; “he never met a stranger.” Always one to strike up conversations, and those conversations lead him to lifelong friends and neighbors. His charismatic personality started as a young boy with his uncles, continued through school years and high school and over the years it only became more infectious. He loved sports; played baseball, coached baseball for his sons. He was a jack of all trades and master of many. He enjoyed spending time with his uncles working on cars. He loved parties and any excuse to have a party. He loved to have family around; and family just didn’t mean family it meant friends as well. Along with the parties, it wouldn’t be a party without music, playing the guitar and ukulele. Music including dancing, he loved to dance with his wife; they were the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of Hawaii (maybe a stretch but he thought so). Travel took him back to Hawaii visiting often. Later travel included Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama and the Big Apple; New York, New York!
He couldn’t wait to retire; he had a countdown calendar and as the days got closer the countdown was in hours. After 47 years of working up to three jobs at times, he was ready to start the easy life. Go to bed at regular hours and not have to work second shift anymore. Do whatever he wanted when he wanted. Retirement was everything he thought it could be. He was diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s several years ago; everyday living became challenging. His wife was at his side until the challenge became too great for her. Although his passing was peaceful; the last 20 months was not.
He cherished the love of his life for 70 memorable years.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Texas on January 26, 2019 and in California on February 16, 2019.