Wataru Hirano

Wataru Hirano

He was born on 20 September 1911. His name is also listed as Wataru Fred Hirano. He was a boat builder and partner in Marpole Boat Works, Marpole, BC. His family includes Tatsuno Hirano (mother; in Japan), Masaji Hirano (father; ne Masaji Nakaso; in Japan), Fumiko Hirano (wife; nee Fumiko Tasaka), Noboru Hirano (son), and Sanae Hirano (daughter). 1679 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC; 992 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC; and1672 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC are listed as former addresses. He was forcibly uprooted to Vernon, BC.


Regularized NameWataru Hirano
Custodian Identification Number13584
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Vernon, BC
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)


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