Clemente "Clem" Reponte, Sr., 94, formerly of Kekaha, Kauai, passed away on March 25, 2015, at Wilcox Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Clem is pre-deceased by his wife, Linda, and sons Clemente, Jr., and Robert and daughter Frances McGuire.
He is survived by daughters Patsy (Tommy, deceased) Palama of Kalaheo, Kauai, Cindy (Leggie) Vinluan of Kapolei, Oahu, and Tina Reponte of Wailuku, Maui, brother Estelato (Zosima) Reponte of Kekaha, Kauai, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was born on November 23, 1920 in Cebu, P.I., and came to Kauai in 1923 with his parents, Pedro and Francesca Reponte and brother Estelato. The family lived in Mana, Koloa, and finally in Kekaha. Clem worked at the Kekaha Sugar Company as a journeyman pipefitter for 47 years, retiring in 1982.
Clemente had a passion for music and played part-time as a bassist for the Merrie Melodiers, a big band sound conducted by the late Charlie Kaneyama from 1941 - 1952. He also played with other small combo groups, with the late Joe Alavarez and Pat Nakayama. In his later years he was a member of the Kauai Senior Citizens musical performers.
In his early 60's Clemente trained for long distance running and did many races including the Honolulu Marathon which he completed in 4hr 28min. A strength and inspiration he has passed on to his children and grandchildren throughout the years.
His also loved dancing, especially kachi-kachi. Up until he was 90, he use to dance at the numerous kachi kachi dances held on Kauai.
Services will be held on April 25, 2015 at St. Theresa's Church in Kekaha. Visitation from 8am - 9:30am, with eulogy and mass to follow. Aloha attire, flowers are welcomed.