Tairoku Nishimori

Lifelong Bainbridge Island resident Tairoku “Tike” Nishimori, age 85, died May 10.

He was born on Bainbridge on Feb. 18, 1917 to Kirohachi and Tsue (Hamasaki) Nishimori.

In 1936, he graduated from Bainbridge High School where he played football and basketball. As a young adult, he taught judo and competed in tournaments, attaining fourth-degree black belt honors.

He was interned at Manzanar from April 1942 until August 1943. In September 1943, he married Chizuko Matsuno in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

He spent most of his career as a television technician, retiring in 1983 from North Star Cable in Seattle.

He enjoyed bowling, mushroom hunting, fishing, outings with the Senior Center and other outdoor activities, and operated a small Christmas tree farm.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Chizuko of Bainbridge; son Richard of Bellevue; daughters Janice Nishimori of Bellevue and Jean Divine of Bainbridge; son-in-law Jim Divine of Bainbridge; five sisters, Masako (Kim) Muromoto, Bellevue, Kiyoko Mazie of Bloomington, Minn., Suiko (Robert) Yonemitsu of Sedro Woolley, Matsue (Samuel) Watanabe of Seattle and Shimako “Sally” (Tom) Kitano of Puyallup; and many nieces and nephews.

Family services were held, and remembrances can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Kass Funeral Home.