ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Herbert Shimoyama, born on May 23, 1976, and passed away on February 10, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Arabella Greinwald on March 2, 2021
Quietly and quietly, an angel went on a journey at night.
Climbed the steps to heaven, left the path of the curriculum vitae.

Memories are little stars that shine comfortingly in the darkness of our grief.

God holds you in his arms, we carry you in our hearts.
Helmut, Isabella, Arabella
Posted by Janene Hughes on February 22, 2021
Time may pass and fade away but memories of you will always stay. Even though we never physically met, we stayed on the phone either talking or text. We would send pictures and funny quotes, Lord knows Ima miss your jokes. The last words you said to me, was pray for you , in those words I could feel your pain. Didn’t think the next day you would be the angel that heaven gained. Someone kind ,helpful and smart My brother Herb who will always have a place in my heart. Gone but never forgotten
Posted by Mehoshi Shimoyama on February 20, 2021
I will miss our long conversations, sharing of ideas and lives. I always learned something new from you. You were very open, willing to help and kind, and I will always remember. Wished we had more time to spend together and my heart is very heavy from the absence of one of my siblings. I miss and love you, big little brother.

Posted by Carol Johnson-Hudson on February 19, 2021
Sorry for any loss of family. I didn't know Herb, Jr. but reading his obituary let me see him and let me know him. The last selfie as his mother showed, I giggled a little, he looked like his Aunt Edith ( Tootsie ). May his spirit continue to rise in Heaven and meet his family that has gone before him.
Posted by Barbara Sheehan on February 19, 2021
Herb will always cherish any time we hung out & will always appreciate how you helped me with my many computer problems, which were many. I will always look up & be waving to you, you were gone too soon and will be sorely missed. iove you big guy
Posted by Cindie G on February 17, 2021
My words fall short of expressing my sorrow for Herb's family and friends loss. I don’t know how to heal your pain but wish I could. He was one of those "not replaceable gems" and it was a honor and blessing to have known him for 21 years. I will miss him.  all of his memories will become treasures for me for now on... My most sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

(SECOND) Herb had a habit that I would like to pass on to his family and friends. For two decades Herb and I would do research together. Just pick a topic and have at it. We always went for both sides of the topic, and many times we would work for weeks/months on just one subject just researching on everything we could find we were interested in. We were a few times pitted against each other.  We did our best to not pick sides, and kept a open mind. (Sometimes you can't.) I challenge our younger generations who knew Herb or not to first learn how to research and then pick up where he left off. It's fun to go after topics you like, but he always loved a challenge. Open your browser and do a search for " How to do your own research projects? "

Thank you Soul for the nice memories.  Love Weebit
Posted by Linda Adams on February 16, 2021
My nephew and I text at least once a week for the past 10 year's. When we had fire he checked on me more often. He was thoughtful and kind always worried about others all the whole time enduring his on pain and never said a word. I loved him from the time he was two weeks old until adulthood. You are surely missed but I no I will see him again. Rest in Paradise. 
Posted by Chris Harp on February 16, 2021
My brother, my friend.
Our lives were brought together by a great plan, but it is by choice that we became friends. Only a brother can be the kind of friend who really knows you, and loves and accepts you through it all. Thank you for all that you are to my life. You are my family, my brother, my friend.

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Posted by Arabella Greinwald on March 2, 2021
Quietly and quietly, an angel went on a journey at night.
Climbed the steps to heaven, left the path of the curriculum vitae.

Memories are little stars that shine comfortingly in the darkness of our grief.

God holds you in his arms, we carry you in our hearts.
Helmut, Isabella, Arabella
Posted by Janene Hughes on February 22, 2021
Time may pass and fade away but memories of you will always stay. Even though we never physically met, we stayed on the phone either talking or text. We would send pictures and funny quotes, Lord knows Ima miss your jokes. The last words you said to me, was pray for you , in those words I could feel your pain. Didn’t think the next day you would be the angel that heaven gained. Someone kind ,helpful and smart My brother Herb who will always have a place in my heart. Gone but never forgotten
Posted by Mehoshi Shimoyama on February 20, 2021
I will miss our long conversations, sharing of ideas and lives. I always learned something new from you. You were very open, willing to help and kind, and I will always remember. Wished we had more time to spend together and my heart is very heavy from the absence of one of my siblings. I miss and love you, big little brother.

his Life

Celebration Of Herb's Life

Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Proverbs 12:28

In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.


Celebration Of The Life Of Herbert Allen Shimoyama Jr.

On February 10, 2021 a wonderful son and brother, Herbert Allen Shimoyama Jr. passed away and went to be with the Lord. He is now at peace with no more pain or suffering. We are all heartbroken as he left us way too soon.

Herbert Allen Shimoyama Jr. was born on May 23, 1976, the bicentennial year in Philadelphia, the son of Sonja Hoffmann and Herbert Allen Shimoyama. During Herb’s younger years he explored many religions, determining his religious beliefs was an eclectic mix of many religions. It was what sustained him through his life as he endured many medical obstacles; jaundice, skull fracture, Osgood Sclatter’s Disease and finally IgA Neuropathy.

Though plagued with these conditions he still lived life to the fullest as much as possible. He was an avid reader of Sylvia Browns books, as well as others and believed we all choose our paths before being sent here. Many times he saidI must have drunk too much wine in Heaven to have chosen such a difficult path”.

Despite his medical situations Herb was able to be on honor roll, skip 11th grade and receive a college scholarship.

Being inter-racial, Herb embraced his many cultures and ethnicities with curiosity and wonder. He especially pursued the culture and clothing of his Japanese

heritage and was heavily into anime. Herb loved that he was the amalgamation of so many cultures and made it a point to know and understand each one. He believed it was one of the things that made him unique.

Herb loved the martial arts and had an obsession with Bruce Lee and his techniques, studying them intensely. Sadly at twelve, when he was taking one of his belt tests for Tae Kwon Do, he had a hard landing and ended up with Osgood Schlatter’s Disease.

Herb’s favorite holiday’s were Halloween and Christmas where he went all out. On Halloween he’d decorate the yard, then dress up so he could scare the children and have fun with them. Many cars passing by would stop and let their children get out because of the decorations for their children to trick or treat. On Christmas he enjoyed decorating the yard with as many decorations as he could find room for on the yard. His Christmas yard decorations can still be viewed on You Tube. (https://youtu.be/sO2zd0r8UzI)

While growing up Herb could never get enough of the outdoors. Bike riding, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing and going to places such as Great Adventure and national parks. Friends gave him rides on their Harley’s but he always wanted to own one himself. In fact, he would spend hours at the dealership looking at bikes and buying accessories. Unique sport cars he enjoyed and always tried to get to the annual car show. He liked going to the Franklin Institute where he could interact with so many things.

Herb belonged to several organizations in his earlier years. Big Brothers, he had two; Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Variety Club. During some summers he went to summer camp for two weeks. A chance for him to meet and make new friends.

He was fascinated with all the new technology and devices, wanting to be the first to get it. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with anyone who would listen, making himself available to friends and neighbors to fix their computers or assist with other devices. It seemed he just had a natural knack for it.

He loved animals and had many kinds while growing up and as an adult. He had fish, turtle, salamander, two parakeets (Tweetie & Ponch), two cats (Snuggles & Stormie) and two big dogs (Maxx & Kane). Kane was a pet therapy dog that Herb took to the nursing to interact with the patients there. They loved the weekly visits with Kane.

Herb was intrigued with the paranormal, UFO’s, Bermuda Triangle, the black hole and the earth’s magnetic field spending many hours watching shows and researching about them.

Gaming was something he started at an early age with Pong and Atari. First shooter and fighting games were his favorite. It was a hobby he really enjoyed which he used to get rid of his frustrations. When he was upset it was a release for him.

Listening to his MP 3 player was his way of relaxing. He enjoyed listening to music to get his mind off things and just relax. Herb listened to many types of music; soul, gospel, alternative and rock & roll.

Herb never believed in working for someone only wanting to be an entrepreneur. His goal was to have passive income and pursued many avenues trying to find that perfect fit for himself.

He never married seeking to be in a financial position to take care of a family first. Later he felt his illness would be a hindrance to a wife and many women couldn’t handle his illness. He had always hoped to have a family one day.

It was only after his father’s death he was able to connect with his siblings. He was so happy they were all able to connect and share stories, they were surprised to learn they had many things in common.

In May 2006, on his birthday; Herb found out he had IgA Neuropathy, a hereditary disorder which attacks the kidneys most likely coming from his Japanese heritage. It is an orphan disease with no cure. In February 2007, Herb went into renal failure and started a never ending process of dialysis. He was excited when in July of 2009 he was given a kidney transplant but at the end of 2010 the IgA Neuropathy attacked the transplanted kidney and he was back in renal failure March 2011.

Herb spent the last quarter of his life battling and dealing with the IgA Neuropathy. In his last few years there was work being done on an artificial kidney which he was looking forward to hopefully being one of the first recipients of. Sadly it was not to be.

Herb looked at the world mostly in a positive light and what he could contribute to make it better, especially for those also suffering from the same illnesses and diseases as himself. He liked to joke around and have a good time and was always up for a good conversation about the topics he liked and cared about.

There are so many things Herb still was focused on accomplishing. He hoped for a world where all kinds of prejudice was a thing of the past and where technology had made diseases and ailments a thing which no longer existed. He had wanted the stem cell research to progress more quickly then it seemed to.

Herb is survived by those who shared his life even though maybe only briefly, his mother Sonja Hoffmann; his Siblings Mehoshi Shimoyama, Keylisha Shimoyama, Chrysyn Harp, Eric Shimoyama, Anton Briggs and Janene Hughes; his aunts Linda Adams; Jeannie Cotton; Isabella Unger; Arabella Greinwald; his uncle Helmut Kraus; his godmother Etta Loveheart.

We celebrate Herb’s shortened life; Rest in Peace Herb until we meet again.


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God Mother

Shared by Sonja Hoffmann on February 19, 2021
Herb's godmother is 98 and will be 99 in four months.  Since she is technically challenged as many her age are, she insisted I place her favorite picture of Herb on his memorial site.  I said "yes ma'am".

During Herb's life she was always there for Herb whenever he needed her.  She attended all the important events in his life and visited him almost every time he was in the hospital.  Of course Herb couldn't wait for her visit as she always came with lots of goodies and things she thought he would need during his stay.  Before going to the hospital his godmother would stop somewhere to get a meal for him since she knew he'd be hungry.  The hospital many times put Herb on a restricted diet when he was supposed to be on a normal diet and would sometimes take days to correct the problem.  Some of the hospitals were far from where his godmother lived but she would still get on the bus or buses and bring things to him no matter the distance.

Herb was always there for her as well.  Whenever she needed help with anything technical or anything else, he was there for his godmother too.  Holiday's and birthday's they never missed making sure each had something for their special day.  Herb loved his godmother and she loved him.

Contributed Poems

Shared by Sonja Hoffmann on February 19, 2021
MY SON
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone
A part of me went with you
The day God called you home.
A million times I’ve thought of you
A million times I’ve cried,
If loving could have saved you
You would have never died.
Forgive me Lord, I’ll always weep
For my son I loved so much
But yet I could not keep.

                Submitted by: Sonya
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Dear Brother Your Memory Will Never Fade Away

My dear brother now that you are gone
You’re no longer here to share
The bond we had together -
A bond of love and care.
Yet, somehow something tells me
You are watching over me -
Now that from Worldly cares
You finally are free.
I miss you so very much,
And my tears I can not hide
Yet, within my heart, I feeling
You are always by my side.
Ever since you went away
Life has never been the same
Yet, it comforts me to know
That one day we’ll meet again.

             Submitted by: Chrysyn
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Bridge of Love
There is a bridge of memory.

From earth to heaven above.
It keeps you always near us,
it’s called the bridge of love.

May you always walk in sunshine
and God’s love around you flow,
for happiness you gave us,
no one will ever know.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you did not go alone,
for part of us went with you.

The day God called you home.

             Submitted by: Sonya
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My time has come to say good-bye,
I’ve earned my wings, now I have to fly.

Family, friends and all of God’s love, is
waiting for me up in heaven above.

I’ll see you all again someday soon,
but in the meantime you’ll see my star
shining closest to the moon.

Though I am no longer present to feel your touch,
just know my time on earth I’ve love you all so much.

                   Submitted by: April
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In Our Hearts
We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new
We thought about you yesterday
And the day before that too
We think of you in silence
We often speak your name
Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame
Your memory is our keepsake
With which we’ll never part
God has you in His keeping
We have you in our hearts

                  Submitted by: Sonya
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I’m Home.

Now I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears;
Be happy that we had so many beautiful years.
I gave to you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown.
But now it’s time I travel on alone.
So grieve for me for awhile if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for awhile we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on;
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can not see or touch me, I’ll me near.
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you, soft and clear.
And then when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile,
And say, “Welcome Home”

             Submitted by: Carol
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I Only Wanted You
They say memories are golden
Well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories
I only wanted you.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
And heartache make a lane,
I’d walk the path to Heaven
And bring you back again.

              Submitted by: Sonya












Sister's Wedding

Shared by Sonja Hoffmann on February 16, 2021
Herb was so excited when his older sister invited him to her wedding. Due to COVID-19 it was only a small group of family and friends, held outside in the park.

The wedding was beautiful and Herb said he was so very happy for his sister. She looked wonderful and married a great guy. He wished them the best life together.

It also gave them a chance to see each other and his niece for the first time since their father’s funeral, almost ten years before.