George “Pocho” Fernandez, Jr., 82, of Makawao, Maui, passed away on November 7, 2019, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was surrounded by loved ones. Pocho was born on December 6, 1936, in Makawao. After graduating from Maui High School, he enlisted in the Navy. He later married Carol Fernandez, his wife of 52 years. Pocho worked for the County of Maui as a Refuse Crew Leader.
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He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend. Pocho enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, nature, music, history, and sports. He was a bowler, softball player for the Makawao Guavas, badminton champ, hunter, and collector. Pocho was an extraordinary man whose smile, jokes, laughter, warmth, love, and kindness will always be remembered and missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Fernandez; children, Michelle Vogele, George Fernandez lll (Celeste), Shantel Fernandez Lopez (Lorenzo); 6 grandchildren, Kaimaile, Wainani, Kawaiola, Jordan, Brooklyn, Aria; 4 great-grandchildren, Pikake, Aikela, Napueo and Kawelu. He joins in heaven his mother, Anna Fernandez; and his siblings, Diana Kualaau, Carol Akima, Linda Walker and Gordon ”Popoki” Fernandez.
Visitation will be begin at 8:30 for family, 9:00 am for public, with service to start at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019, at St. Joseph Church in Makawao. Burial will follow at St. Joseph cemetery.