Katrina + 10

Tony Uyehara, 81, Bay St. Louis

When he was younger, Tony Uyehara was quite the man about town.

"He was very friendly, outgoing, liked to dance," said his daughter, Mary Ann Walker of Daphne, Ala.

Of Asian descent, Uyehara was born in California, but later moved to New York where he worked as a photographer for the Copa Cabana in the 1940s and 1950s. He also had a booth on Coney Island for a while.

It was as a photographer that he met his wife-to-be, Ann.

"She went in to get a picture taken, and she got a husband," Walker said.

The marriage to Ann, who was known as "Tootsie," endured 58 years, despite Uyehara's later disability. He had suffered from dementia for many years, Walker said.

In 2001, the Uyeharas moved from New Jersey to Bay St. Louis to be near their daughter.

They were living in apartments on Bay Park Way behind the Kmart in Bay St. Louis when Katrina claimed Tony's life.

Tony, 81, refused to accept the potential danger when Katrina was approaching.

"He was suffering from dementia," said Walker's boyfriend, James Bellah of Long Beach. "He locked himself in his apartment and said, 'No storm coming! 'No storm coming!' "

Storm surge waters claimed his life, and Tootsie, 79, somehow managed to survive and has since relocated to Foley, Ala.

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