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Obituary: Omine, Clarence T.

OMINE, Clarence T. Our angel Clarence got his wings on December 23, 2013, after a courageous battle following a stroke in late August. Born March 25, 1937 in Kauai, Hawaii, Clarence was the youngest of nine children. He was born almost entirely deaf. Clarence spent the last 27 years of his life as a full time volunteer dishwasher and prep cook at House of Charity. His contribution in time and labor was immeasurable. Even though Clarence couldn’t hear, he had a “sixth sense”, and often knew what we needed, even before we knew we needed it! Whether providing a hot cup of coffee (in an “I Love You” mug), a freshly sharpened knife, or the right tool for the job—-Clarence was there. He knew when you needed a hug or a laugh, and was always willing to provide. Clarence’s sensitivity to the low income and homeless people he served so generously was humbling to all. Prior to working at House of Charity, Clarence worked as a sushi chef at his eldest brother’s restaurant, The Suki Yaki Inn. Clarence was well known for making origami cranes from dollar bills. Even on his meager social security income, he turned thousands of dollars into these lovely gifts, which he presented to visitors and volunteers at House of Charity and his friends at The Red Lion Tavern, his favorite after-work hangout. Clarence was loved for his generosity, his sense of humor, his work ethic, and his friendship. Gifts in his name may be made to House of Charity at 32 West Pacific, PO Box 2253, Spokane, WA. 99210. A memorial celebration of Clarence’s life will be held on Friday, January 24 at 1:00 at House of Charity.