And now for some sad news that hits very close to home: Lloyd Brent Gilliom, a member of the MauiTime ohana, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, May 16. He was 71.
For most of Hawaii, Lloyd is the father of Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom and Eric Gilliom, two of Maui’s biggest and most popular musicians. But he was also a straight-shooting working man who worked with his hands and did real labor (he was the proprietor of Maui Sandblasting and Maui Monument Granite).
Since August 2010, Lloyd was also one of MauiTime’s circulation drivers–one of just a handful of individuals who, each week, actually distributes the stacks of MauiTime to our various boxes and circ locations around the island. It’s not an easy job, and requires a good deal of manual labor, but Lloyd really took to it.
“He was such a strong, proud man,” said Tommy Russo, MauiTime’s publisher. “I really wish I had the chance to get to know him better. It was very cool to hear stories from the road, from when he was out delivering papers.”
Put simply, Lloyd was a good man. We depended on him to help deliver our work each to week to our readers, and he never let us down. We will miss him dearly.
“Lloyd never met anyone he did not like, and he cared about everyone he came into contact with,” said Mimi Gilliom, his wife of 53 years, in a statement on the passing sent out by Pae ‘Aina Commuications.
Services and arrangements are pending.
Photo of Lloyd Gilliom courtesy of the Gilliom family