NEWPORT Ė Sam Fushimi, 85, formerly of 14 High Street, Newport, died September 16, 2002 at the Maine General Hospital in Augusta. He was born December 20, 1916 at Denver, Colorado, a son of Frank and Sono Fushimi. Music was Samís main interest throughout his life. He led dance bands at his high school and also at his university. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he served in the U. S. Army for over 17 years. Sam was in the most decorated division in the history of the Army: the 442nd Division. Among his medals of honor are several Purple Hearts, Silver Stars, and Presidential citations. His idol was General George Patton, and he followed him from North Africa to northen Italy, where Sam was seriously injured. Later, he was re-assigned by the Army to use his educational background in the rebuilding of Sevelona, Italy. His final assignment was duty in the Far East where he spent 2 years behind enemy lines in Korea. He moved to Maine from Tomís River, New Jersey and was employed by the Susi Construction Company for many years. While living in Auburn, Sam was the electrical manager for the Etonic plant. After moving to Newport, he was a volunteer with the Newport Meals for ME program and supplied their noontime music. He also volunteered with the Newport Food Bank, and was a member of the High Street Church, the Barrows-Skidgel Post #105 American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11191, all of Newport.
Those Sam cherished deeply are his former wife and best friend through the years, Beth Fushimi; his step-son, Stephen Driscoll, his wife Althea and their children, Leesa and Jennifer, all of Sabbathday Lake, New Gloucester; a brother, Tak Fushimi, and three sisters, Louise Yoshikaw, Betty Yoshikaw, and Chiyo Yoshimi, all of Colorado; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Sabine MacAlpine of Burnham, Stanley Sawicki of Waterford and Gene Harvey of S. China. He was predeceased by brothers Ken, You and George.
At his request there will be no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held 1 P.M Friday, September 20th, at the chapel of the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery on the Mount Vernon Road in Augusta with the Rev. Charles Talmadge officiating. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Newport.
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