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Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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James U. Tanaka

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A renowned painter, jazz man and humanitarian died Monday, March 10, 2008 at the age of 90 at his daughter's residence in Pittsburgh, PA. Jim is survived by his children: Pati Blaney of Pittsburgh, PA, Mark Tanaka and Jamie Tanaka, both of San Francisco, CA; grandsons: Jason Blaney of New York, NY and Shawn Blaney of Boston, MA; great-grandson Max; and his siblings; Fred Tanaka and Rose Nakamura, both of Los Angeles, CA. In 1935 at the age of 18 Jim began his career as an animator for Walt Disney Studios working on early features such as Fantasia and he retired in 1981 as Disney's Art Director for Merchandising, located in NYC. After retirement and at the age of 68 Jim moved to Oakland, CA and began another career in which he created and sold a series of 18 Tanaka Jazz Posters. Memorial services will be held in the near future in NYC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Interment private. Contributions may be made in Jim's memory to the Anathan Club, 1620 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Arrangements by BURTON L. HIRSCH FUNERAL HOME, INC. (412-521-2600).
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 16, 2008
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