October 25, 1926 - June 8, 2013
Toshiharu Nishino, 86, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2013, with his devoted wife and family by his side. Tosh was always smiling and kept a positive attitude every day. We will all miss his sharp intellect, limitless enthusiasm, and his strong dedication to family.
Tosh was born on October 25, 1926, in Terminal Island (San Pedro), California. He briefly attended Banning High School before being interned at Butte Internment
Camp in Gila Bend, Arizona in 1942. Tosh's lifelong enthusiasm for sports was highlighted when he played as a short-stop and third baseman for former professional baseball player Kenichi Zenimura on the Gila All Stars high school team. The All Stars had the exciting opportunity to travel out of Camp Butte and play against Heart Mountain High School in Wyoming where they won.
After graduating from Gila River High School in 1945, Tosh relocated to Santa Maria, California where he founded Nishino and Taniguchi Produce Company Inc. with his brother-in-law. With friends, Tosh also helped open the Santa Maria Holiday Inn franchise and was a founding director of the Bank of Santa Maria before retiring in 2005.
Tosh embraced life with a sense of humor and adventure. He enjoyed travelling around the world and taking trips to Las Vegas with family and friends. He especially loved bringing his wife to Chumash Casino, taking his grandson on trips to Japan, and being able to recently visit the Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore. Tosh also held season tickets to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers as his love for sports continued throughout the years.
Tosh is remembered for being a generous and compassionate man who touched the lives of many people. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Michiko, daughter JoAnne Spencer and husband Ray, grandson Ryan Spencer, and granddaughter Alison Black. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Tosh was pre-deceased by son Randy, parents Ichimatsu and Chiyono, and brothers Ken, James, Bill, and Kei. For all those who knew Tosh, life without him will be immeasurably emptier, but richer for having had him with us.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th, 2013, at the Guadalupe Buddhist Church, 1072 Olivera Street, Guadalupe, CA, 93434.