Obituaries for May 18, 2001

Sugie Nishimoto – David Evans Delp

Sugie Nishimoto

Sugie Nishimoto of Wailua Houselots died at home on May 16, 2001, at the age of 83.

Born in Waimea, Kaua’i on Jan. 15, 1918, she was a retired Store Clerk with Wailua Market and is survived by: three sons: Paul Nishimoto of Wailua Houselots, Kaua’i, Glenn Nishimoto of Sells, Arizona, and Ralph (Payow) Nishimoto of Wailua Houselots, Kaua’i; two grandchildren; brother: Larry Tatsumi Sakoda of Waimea, Kaua’i; three sisters: Masayo Sakoda of Waimea, Kaua’i, Jane (David) Reis of Pearl City, O’ahu, and Rachel (Fred) Kishida of Hanapepe, Kaua’i; numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Garden Island Mortuary Chapel; service officiated by Rev. Takata will begin at 2 p.m. Casual attire is suggested and that flowers be omitted.

Arrangements are being handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

David Evans Delp

David Evans Delp died at his home in Lawai, on Friday, May 4, 2001, at age 55, after waging a five-year battle against brain cancer.

Born in Lebanon, Ind., on July 30, 1945, he relocated to Kaua’i in September 1998 after residing in New York City for 30 years.

He was a man of many talents and professional successes. Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he left a position at Merrill Lynch in Indianapolis in 1973 to venture to New York to pursue a singing and show business career. Ultimately he performed with the Doc Severinson Band’s singing ensemble, “A Group of Five.” This included multiple performances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and several recordings.

He followed his interests next to photography, working with the renowned New York photographer, Kenn Duncan. Their efforts resulted in many well-known photographs of the principals and company member of The American Ballet Theater and stars of the New York Stage. He then opened his own successful commercial photography studio, Delphoto Productions, Inc.

Prior to his illness, David utilized his unique abilities as the Training Manager for the United Nations Plaza-Park Hyatt Hotel located at the United Nations.

On Kaua’i, he enjoyed orchid growing, gardening, singing with the Kaua’i Chorale, and performing as an extra in the filming of the upcoming movie, “To End All Wars.”

He is survived by his longtime companion, Lee McDaniel of Lawai, a brother, Kenneth Delp of Sheridan, Ind., a sister, Nancy Miller of Yorktown, Ind., and a brother and sister-in-law, James and Susie Delp of Pendleton, Ind. There are also numerous nephews and nieces.

Those wishing to remember David Delp are requested to make donations in his honor to Kaua’i Hospice, P.O. Box 3286, Lihu’e, HI 96766. A memorial service is to be held at a later date.


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