HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Those who knew him said Fred Trotter was a colorful, independent thinker who was in tune with Hawaii agriculture and not afraid to "get dirt under his fingernails."
"Fred started his career at Lihue plantation. He was the manager at Kahuku plantation," said longtime friend Clint Churchill.
Trotter died last week after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He was 80.
For over twenty years Trotter served as trustee with the Campbell Estate. He was a direct descendent of James Campbell. Trotter was prominent in business and politics, working closely with DG Andy Anderson on several campaigns.
"He was one of Hawaii's finest - a brother I will, as will many, miss dearly," Anderson said.
"I think the underlying fact is that if Fred Trotter was your friend, if he gave you a commitment, his word was his bond," said Anderson's nephew and city councilman Kaka Anderson.
"He understood how important it was to work hand in hand with political and business leaders, how important that was to the Hawaii economy," Churchill said.
Trotter served on the boards of the Bank of Hawaii, Long's Drugs, and Maui Land and Pineapple. He also raised funds for many non-profits.
Friends said up until his death he remained active.
"We're just shocked that someone that robust and that active all of his life would pass so suddenly from pneumonia like this," Churchill said.