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MARCH 19, 2001


Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris issued the following statement today:

“I was saddened to learn of the death of long-time Star-Bulletin editor Bud Smyser. Ramona joins me I sending our aloha to Dee and the family.

“Bud was one of the finest writers in this town, and the dean of Honolulu journalists. He set a high standard for journalistic integrity, fairness, accuracy and relevance that will long be a beacon to new and experienced reporters and editors. For 55 years, Bud was an integral part of the Star-Bulletin's operations, and I looked forward to his daily writing and then to his columns.

“Although he was 80 years old, Bud never lost his touch. I've lost a good friend, who never failed to use his column to offer elected officials pointed advice in a friendly manner. I don't mind saying that it was always advice I found worth taking; Smyser had his finger on the pulse of community opinion and was always fair and accurate in telling the story.

“We'll remember Bud as a writer, editor, as the consummate journalist. But he was also a loving husband and family man, a good friend and neighbor, and a proud veteran of the United States Navy. We're lucky that Riley Allen recruited him way back in 1946, lucky that he stayed on in the city he loved, and lucky that he used all of his pluck and skill to help Delegate Joseph Farrington lobby for Statehood. Bud was a hero to those who favored death with dignity, and it is fitting that he died with the dignity that he thought others deserved.

“Aloha, Bud. Honolulu will miss you.”

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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