July 1, 1932 ~ May 19, 2021
Born in: Kagoshima, Japan
Resided in: Fremont, California
Masahito Hiramine, 88, a retired landscaper/nurseryman and resident of Alameda County for over 63 years, entered the Pure Land peacefully in his sleep on May 19, 2021. He leaves behind Yoko Hiramine, his loving wife of 65 years, his children Jim Hiramine (Peggy), Joyce Kiehl (Geoffrey), and Kathy Murai (Garret), and his eight grandchildren, Alex Kiehl, Courtney Papadakis, Tiffany Hiramine, Jennifer Kiehl, Brie Hiramine, Grant Hiramine, Natalie Murai, and Tyler Murai. Formally trained as a carpenter in Japan, “Masa,” as he was referred to by his friends, constructed the former Hiramine Nursery in Union City by hand using Japanese building techniques. Masa and Yoko owned the nursery for 44 years until their retirement in 2005. (See link to article regarding the closing of nursery – https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2005/05/10/family-closes-nursery-after-44-years/).
Throughout his career, Masa landscaped Japanese gardens including ponds with waterfalls and designed and constructed Japanese bridges and lanterns around the Bay Area. Known to friends and family as a quiet man with a contagious laugh, comforting smile, and big heart, he was a devoted and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, and friend. A prolific singer, dancer, and comedian at home, Masa always knew how to make people laugh and bring a smile to the faces of those he loved. His laughter, smile, and warm heart will be missed by all.