Bainbridge Gardens founder Junkoh Harui dies at age 75

Junkoh Harui, in an October, 2007 photo. - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Junkoh Harui, in an October, 2007 photo.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

Junkoh Harui, whose family settled on Bainbridge Island 100 years ago, died Sunday at his home on the island. He was 75.

Harui and his wife, Chris, started a flower shop on the island 50 years ago that eventually moved as Bainbridge Gardens to property owned by his father, Zenhichi Harui.

The nursery on Miller Road has become an institution on the island and Harui was involved for many years in a variety of community events. He was a graduate of the University of Washington and spent two years in the U.S. Army in the 1950s.

He is survived by his wife, Chris; children Donna Harui, Bainbridge Island; Alex (Cynthia) Harui, Foster City, Calif.; Roger (Greta) Harui, Seattle; and Sandra (John Vanderzanden) Harui, Seattle; brothers Norio Harui, Seattle, and Hiro Harui, Wenatchee, and a sister, Terry, in California; and five grandchildren.

Scheduling of a memorial service is pending.

Full coverage will appear in the Review's Wednesday edition.

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