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HAMANISHI, Edward Kiyoshi

September 16, 1941 — March 31, 2022

Ed was born in Steveston, BC, and came to Kelowna, BC in 1942, where he spent most of his life.

Always active in sports, Ed played hockey with the Buckaroos as a young man, and he played racquetball well into his 70s. He was an avid gardener and hiker. He was also known as an excellent napper.

Ed was a quiet and gentle man who made a difference in quiet, gentle ways. He was genuinely interested in others and a great listener. He volunteered at Friends of the Library, with Caring Clowns, and at the Perking Lot for over 15 years; a “Mr. Ed” coffee is still on the order board at KGH’s coffee shop. He supported his family, friends, and community in so many ways: he would see what needed to be done and do it, he helped family and neighbours with gardening and orchard work, he encouraged his grandsons to explore the world, and he shared a quiet joke with those who needed a little lift.

Ed faced his cancer bravely, and he dealt with his dementia with humour and great courage.

Ed is survived and missed by his beloved wife, Vivian; by his cherished daughter Terri (Keith) and grandsons Connor (Carsen) and Cole Gaudreau; his cherished daughter Dea (Dave) and grandson Momo Parsanishi; by his siblings Tom (Teena) Hamanishi and Yvonne (Ron) Parsons; and his treasured nieces and nephews. Ed is predeceased by his parents, Masayuki Frank and Fumiko Alice Hamanishi; and by his brother, Ken, and sister-in-law, Ann Hamanishi.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ed may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation: Hospice House or Cancer Care, www.kghfoundation.com/in-honour.

A Celebration of Ed’s Life will be announced at a later date.

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Kelowna General Hospital Foundation: Hospice House or Cancer Care Link: www.kghfoundation.com/in-honour




  • Chuck Cullen says:

    Vivian and family, I had the pleasure of knowing Ed when we did the work for at your house. I am sad to know he passed and know that you are in my thoughts.
    Chuck Cullen
    Team Construction.

  • Ursula Wedemeyer says:

    How very sad to hear of Ed’s passing. My deepest condolences to Vivian and all his family. Ed was such a wonderful person. He was a joy to work with all the years he gave to Friends of the Library. He will be sorely missed.

    • Lori Timbol says:

      I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ed. He was such a kind and caring man to me and many others. Condolences to the family at this time.

  • MICK Webb says:

    Our sincere condolences to Vivian, Terri and families for your loss of Ed.
    We had the fortune to assist Ed and Vivian with their new nome years ago. Ed was a sincere, honest
    person and an honor to be around; as was Vivian.
    May God bless and keep you all !

  • Laurie Desautels says:

    Dear Vivian, Terri, Dea and family, We are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We remember our times with your family with great fondness. Good times at Belgo and your house nearby. Deepest regards, Laurie and Tim Desautels.

  • Patti J BENJAMIN says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing.
    He was always a delight to see on my morning coffee breaks. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him over the years. I hope that he is at peace. And my condolences to the family.

  • Jacqueline McGarry says:

    Dear Vivien and family, I was saddened to learn of Ed’s untimely death. He always looked so happy and well. I did not know him well but our paths crossed when involved in FoL, hospital sales, Seniors Centre and when I met you at the dances at Parkinson’s. He was the most helpful and kind man. May you have many Happy memories to help you in the coming days. Sincerely Jacky

  • Sara (Hooker) Grady says:

    Dear Vivian, Terri & Dea, I was so sad to read this news. Ed was such a lovely, gentle soul. He was part of many fond childhood memories, and was a ray of light at KGH when I was spending so much time there as an adult. It always lifted my spirits to see him at The Perking Lot. Sending love to you and his many, many loved ones.

  • Julie Fiorentino says:

    Dear Vivian, Terri, Keith, Connor, Cole and family –
    I was so saddened to read about the passing of Ed. I spent many volunteer hours with Ed in the Perking Lot at Kelowna General Hospital. He trained me to work in the early morning rush hour shift. We were always there at the crack of dawn. His gentle voice, kind heart and sense of humour made him such a wonderful person to be around. He always kept me in the loop about what was going on with Vivian, his daughters and grandkids. I always sensed how proud he was of his family because he had a twinkle in his eye whenever he spoke about them. The next time I’m at the Perking Lot, I’ll be ordering a Mr. Ed so I can raise my cup to one of the best volunteers at K.G.H.
    May Ed’s guidance resonate in your memory and his wit make you laugh on the days you need it most.
    Julie Fiorentino

  • Mary Cacchioni says:

    Dear Vivian, Dea, Terri and Families,
    So sorry to learn of Ed’s passing.
    My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Mary Cacchioni

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