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William "Bill" Hirose

June 4, 1929-May 26, 2014


William "Bill" Yoshio Hirose, born June 4th, 1929, died peacefully, surrounded by his family at home in El Cerrito on May 26, 2014. He was the youngest brother of George Hirose, Jack Hirose, Frank Hirose, and Motoko Kanzawa.

Bill grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco. During World War II, his family was sent to the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah. Upon returning to San Francisco, Bill attended Mission High School, City College of San Francisco, and the University of California at Berkeley where he played on the lightweight basketball team. In 1951, Bill graduated from U.C. Berkeley. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he attended Boalt Hall Law School. He received his JD and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1957 and in 1959, became a Certified Public Accountant. He formed an accounting partnership which led to the practice named Hirano & Hirose and later moved his practice to Oakland where the Hirose & Oto firm, later known as H.O.B., was formed. In 1986, he was admitted to the United States Tax Court, and in 1987, received a Certificate of Educational Achievement in the area of Personal Financial Planning. After retiring from accounting in 1995, he was Of Counsel with the law offices of Minami Lew and Tamaki where he enjoyed the vim and vigor of the young attorneys.

Bill was an avid fan of the Warriors, 49ers and the Giants. He dedicated countless hours volunteering as a coach to youth basketball and tirelessly supporting numerous non-profit organizations. He knew how to celebrate any occasion on any day - planning the unexpected, orchestrating surprises and finding fun and unique ways to enjoy life and family.

Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, May (formerly Omura) and his four children, Paul, Nora, Ruth, and Anne. He was the loving Bapa to his 8 grandchildren: Bryce, Sierra, Gabriela, Matthew, Marcus, Jonathan, Lucas and Bella.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A memorial service was held on June 14th at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Always Dream Foundation, at 125 Railroad Ave. Ste 203, Danville, CA 94526, or the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, at 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 6, 2014
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