KASAI, FRED, 95, was born in Santa Rosa, California on August 28, 1922. He sadly passed away on October 4, 2017. Fred was the second oldest of ten children who together with parents were evacuated during WWII to Amache Camp in Colorado.

After their release, his family was directed to the Richmond Housing Project where Fred met Mary Nagasugi. He fell in love and they married in 1947. They lived for brief periods – first, in San Francisco and later in Berkeley – until they found their home in El Cerrito where they lived for 42 years.

Fred worked 30 years for Simmons before his retirement. He and Mary moved to Lincoln, California where they enjoyed their last 17 years together. Fred enjoyed horse races, playing at the casinos and mahjong, and working in their beautiful garden. He also loved learning to cook and grocery shopping as some of his favorite activities. Fred and Mary were happily married for 70 years.

Preceding Fred’s passing were brothers, Sam and Tokio. He leaves behind his dear wife, Mary, his siblings Asano, Aiko, Masako, Haruo (Grace), Hanako (Mas), Sasako (Harry), Mitsuko (Calvin), and many nieces and nephews.

Fred was a private person. There will be a private family burial.

Donations may be made in his name to your favorite charity or to JASEB.

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