Robert Y. Saito|
Robert Y. Saito, 74, of Mercer Island, Washington passed peacefully away the morning of January 15, 2014 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Helen (Kihara), daughters Christy and Laurie Saito, son-in-law Jeff Hardie, and beloved grandson, Griffin Saito-Hardie. He also leaves behind his younger siblings, Keiko (Jun) Terayama and Michael (Karen) Saito and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was born in Seattle, Washington to George and Fumiye Saito. He spent his early days in West Seattle before being relocated to Minidoka, Idaho during World War II. After the war, he returned to West Seattle with his family where he graduated from West Seattle High School. He was a graduate of the University of Washington and earned his MBA at the University of Oregon.
Bob married Helen, his high school sweetheart, in December of 1964. They started a family with the arrival of their first daughter, Christy, in Bellevue, Washington. Two years later saw the birth of their second daughter, Laurie. The family then moved to Mercer Island where they spent many happy years amongst good friends and relatives.
Bob retired in 2006 after a long mortgage banking career as CFO of HomeStreet Bank and Seattle Savings Bank.
Robert was an avid golfer and was known in his circle for hitting "the long ball." He also enjoyed fishing, skiing, tennis, traveling, cooking and photography. Later in life, his family became his main focus and his grandson was lucky enough to spend his early years enjoying his grandpa's unwavering attention and devotion. They were truly "best buddies," sharing countless laughs and adventures until the very end.
We will miss Bob's quiet strength, determination, incredible work ethic, generosity of spirit and thoughtfulness. We appreciate all that he did for his family and friends and will try to embody all that we have learned from his lifetime of leading by example.
A private family memorial will be held on February 1st. Donations can be made to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington Cancer Research Fund, Acct. 65-7701, 825 Eastlake Ave. E., MS G4-830, Seattle, WA 98109 Attn: Dr. Higano/Robert Saito.
Please sign the guest book at www.bonneywatson.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2014