I just received an email this morning, informing me that, "Henry", Mr. Mitsuru Takahashi, passed away, May 16, 2012. He is being buried today, 27 May 2012.
As I wrote to his friend, Henry touched so many lives from the small fruit stand called, "Henry's Place", he will live on in the hearts and memories of the thousands of us fortunate enough to have visited his shop and discovered the kind and gentle soul behind the counter.
I had planned on presenting Henry with his portrait when we arrived in Honolulu next Spring, but now hope his family will accept this tribute and that it will honor his memory for many years to come.
It is also my hope that future generations of Mr. Takahashi's family will be pleased to know how much he was loved and admired and that his radiant smile warmed as many hearts as the brilliant Hawaiian sunshine.
The first papaya we enjoy from "Henry's Place" as new residents of Honolulu won't be quite as sweet with Henry gone, but if the family continues to operate the stand, the smiles will return and so will the sweetness and joy. I believe Henry would be pleased.