Yukio (Jim) Urushibata June 17, 1935 - February 4, 2021 Yukio (Jim) Urushibata passed away on February 4, 2021 at the age of 85 after a prolonged battle with complications from congestive heart disease. He was a graduate of Phineas Banning High School and L.A. Harbor College. He was a programs director at the YMCA in Wilmington before he was employed by McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, later known as Boeing, in 1956. He retired from Boeing after 43 years of service. Yukio was hard-working and well-organized. He was not only dedicated to his job but also to his family, friends and community. He found time to serve as an officer or board member of numerous organizations-Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Gardena Citizens Advisory Committee, Gardena Sister City, Friends of the Japanese Retirement Home, Keira Japanese Retirement Home. He was always ready to offer support when needed. He was affable, generous, and enjoyed people. He organized trips and get togethers which he documented with photos, as he was an avid photographer. We will miss his warm smile, infectious laughter, and thoughtfulness. He lit up a room with his presence. The world is a better place because he was in it. He is predeceased by his parents, Tatsuo and Toshi Urushibata, and sister, Itsuko WeHara. He is survived by his wife, Mable, sisters, Yeiko Fukunaga (Fred), Alice Kammerman (Mark), and brother-in-law, Russell WeHara. Due to current restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 28, 2021.