Fred Tetsuo Shimo

  • Born: July 4, 1924
  • Died: October 13, 2021
  • Location: San Mateo, California

Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home - FD-230

977 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel. (650) 343-1804

Tribute & Message From The Family

Father, Husband, Teacher, and Sports Enthusiast

• Fred Tetsuo Shimo passed away on a sunny day in San Mateo, California on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
• He was born on the 4th of July 1924 in Penryn, California to Kuzo and Haru Shimo from Hiroshima, Japan.
• It was hard for the family to survive during depression so when he was 7 years old, his entire family moved to Japan. This made him a Kibei which is a Japanese American who is born in the United States but primarily educated in Japan.
• At the onset of war, he along with thousands of Japanese and Japanese Americans were interned at several different camps including Tule Lake concentration camp. All alone, a young man thinking of his mother and sister who were living in Japan. At the age of 19, he was given a choice to stay in the camp or move to Japan and he chose Japan. He was shipped from New York to Japan.
• In Japan when Fred was 24, he met Sachiko Fujita and were married March 20, 1949. They lived there for 13 years while raising 2 young girls and a baby girl. In 1962, the family moved to their final destination, San Mateo, California where they welcomed baby girl #4.
• He enjoyed traveling and often went with his mother (a lover of adventure) on cross-country trips. So many great pictures and fun souvenirs like the Minuteman from the East Coast which graced the fireplace in the family home.
• He was a devoted father of 4 daughters: Christine (Hideki) Sato, Anne (Danny) Kojiro, Connie (Jeff) Wilson, and Monica (Elvis) Martines; 6 grandchildren Erik (Vanessa) Sato, Kurt (Jeannine) Sato, Mariko Kojiro, Sachiko (Jim) Quinones, Mark Sato, and Michael Yim; and 2 great grandchildren, Jaydon and Brayden.
• He is survived by his sister, Yaeko (92 years young), her 4 children, their spouses, and her 8 grandchildren.
• He was an accomplished gardener and bonsai extraordinaire. His love of bonsai had him providing tours of his bountiful plants in his garden backyard and teaching the art of bonsai at the Central Park Community Center.
• We have wonderful memories of New Year's Day tradition of Mochi pounding, poker nights with his friends, long road trips during the hottest times of the year (July!!!!), Fred watching his favorite sports team (SF Giants, 49ers, and Warriors), debates on many topics including pop culture, his pretense of the house pets being a nuisance but in reality, he LOVED them, and his ever-present toothpick dangling from his lips! Great memories.
• He was preceded in death by his wife, Sachiko and his 17-year-old great grandchild, Darian.
• He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
• A private funeral service is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 12th at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, CA
• Reverend Father Jose Corral will officiate.