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HATANAKA, Yoshiyuki “Jack”

September 12, 1939 – April 2, 2020

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Jack Hatanaka on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the age of 80 years. Jack is survived by his mother Sugio Hatanaka; his loving wife of 55 years, Margie; children: Randy (Lesley), Sheri (Tom) Phu, Danny (Nanci Bellamy); grandchildren: Ryan and Eric Hatanaka, Tamara and Nathan Phu; brother Bob (Helene) Hatanaka; sister Michi (Francis) Ono; as well as by extended family and friends.

Jack worked at Kelowna Chrysler for most of his career and at retirement, he was able to fully enjoy his love of hunting, fishing, golfing and curling. Jack will be missed and lovingly remembered.

Due to the uncertain circumstances within our community right now, there will be a public service held in June 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, www.heartandstroke.ca.

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Due to the uncertain circumstances within our community right now, there will be a public service held in June 2020.

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The service for HATANAKA, Yoshiyuki “Jack” is scheduled for Due to the uncertain circumstances within our community right now, there will be a public service held in June 2020. . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Lex and Tony Stochmal says:

    Margie, so sorry to hear about Jack. We have so many great memories of Jack through all the years we have known you. Lipsett Motors was a lot of fun.

  • Ernie Falk says:

    Margie and Family So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. A great mechanic, great story teller and a loyal friend. Lot’s of good memories . Ernie and Mary Falk

  • Darcy and Nina Armitage says:

    So sad to know Jack has passed. We will always remember him with great fondness… his wit, humour and big smile made it a pleasure to be around him at all times. His fish stories at the Oceola Fish and Game Club are legendary! He was always there to lend a hand. Jack will be missed.

  • Harry Koop says:

    To Margie and family: Our condolences on Jacks passing. I’ve known him since high school and we live in the same neighborhood. We miss seeing him during his daily walk around the block. He was always willing to chat and tell stories. From Harry, Martha, and Ruth

  • Ivan and Marjorie Rogers says:

    We will always remember the great times we all spent together here in Calgary. Jack is truly missed by us both.

  • Shirle says:

    Very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Sincere condolences to all his family. The Hatanaka family was a solid part of North Glenmore and I was privileged to grow up with Jack, Bob and Mich. My Dad worked with Mr. & Mrs. Hata for a great part of his life. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • Seiko and Jim Niven says:

    Dear Margie and Family
    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Jack was always jovial and had something funny to say. Remember all the good times growing up on the hill past Corbin’s store. Will miss his infectious smile!!

  • Dan & Benita Worley says:

    Our condolences to Margie and family. We met Jack through the curling club and considered him a good friend. He will be sadly missed.. /Dan & Benita Worley

  • Lloyd Hokazono says:

    To the Hatanaka Family,
    Sorry to hear the passing of Jack. Our condolences to All.
    Growing up in Kelowna, Jack was the always smiling, joking, happy-go-lucky gentleman with that Cheshire cat expression! Even though he was older than me, he always had time for conversation or to share a joke. We will miss those conversations when we come back to the Temple for our family get-togethers.
    Rest in peace Jack.
    In Gassho,
    Lloyd Hokazono/Ali Temesy

  • Jack Burton says:

    Margie and Family So sorry to hear Of Jacks passing .. As service manager at Lipsett Motors i hired Jack . He was a great mechanic specializing in electrical . We had many great parties and Jack would do his skits and tell jokes . He collected for heart and stroke and will be missed by all who new him Lots of Memories

  • Bob Everatt says:

    Never met a man with more passion for fishing. Always a smile for everybody at Oceola Fish & Game club. A real genuine man.

  • Oceola Fish and Game Club says:

    Jack was a big part of the Oceola Fish and Game Club and his contributions over the years were recognized when he was awarded the status of a lifetime Honorary Member. He will be sorely missed. We have made a $250 contribution to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in his memory. We extend our best wishes to his family.

  • Howard T Soon says:

    Dear Margie and Family , Wendy and I were so surprised to hear of the sudden passing away of Jack . We still remember his big smile and positive attitude in the many years that we saw him at the Calona Wines events . We will miss him at the annual Christmas dinner , he seemed always so full of life . God bless you Margie !

  • Craig Kawamoto says:

    Dear Sheri and family,
    I wanted to share my heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family upon the passing of your father. I never had the chance to actually meet him in person, but reading what other people have said you can see what an impact he made on the community and those who were fortunate to know him. During this difficult time, be sure to smile about and treasure all the wonderful memories that you hold dear and that will always be with you.
    In Gassho,

  • Kuni & June Ikuta says:

    Hello Marge & Family,
    We just heard of Jack’s passing, our deepest condolence to you. We shall miss him dearly and remember his smiling face and laughter. I was privileged to have known Jack since 1951 when we moved to Kelowna. We were in the Kelowna Buddhist Temple Boy Scouts together, the Y.B.A.,& as well as we graduated together from KHS in 1957. Sorry for your loss and please take care.
    Kuni & June

  • Robert Cichocki says:

    Dear Margie, Bob, Michi, Mrs. Hatanaka and family, my deepest sympathy to you. I share in your loss.
    I enjoyed knowing Jack for 74 years. I first met Jack taking the Glenmore school bus on our first day of school. We spent a lot of good times together, from being in the same grade one class and all the way to the day of our high school graduation. Also, in our youth, I remember many enjoyable times in Glenmore with Jack, Bob, and friends playing games, going to movies, and roaming the hills seeking adventure.
    Later in adult life, Jack and I would meet many times and talk about outdoor adventures of fishing hunting, travelling, and shared life experiences. He was always in good spirits and had a good sense of humour. He was always willing to help fix my car. I appreciated Jack and Margie’s hospitality whenever I visited. He attended my 80th birthday party in November, 2019, and we shared many fond memories.
    It was a pleasure and privilege to have known Jack as a true life-long friend. He was a great guy, a genuine one of a kind. I will really miss him. His memories live on. He will not be forgotten.
    Robert Cichocki

  • Greg and Gina Chor says:

    Margie, Sherry, Tamara and Nathan and the rest of the family.
    My favourite memories of Jack include his wonderful sense of humour, his dedication to the BC Federation especially for horseshoes, bedrock golf and hockey pools at Manning Park Family Retreat. His passion for life and all that it offers I is truly inspiring. We’ll miss his smile, his deliveries of Kelowna Buddhist Temple apple pies and iconic mooseroni.

    Our sincerest condolences to all of Jack’s family and friends. Thank you for sharing him with us all.

  • To Margie,Sherri,Nathan and Tamara says:

    My deepest condolence to you and your family. We will truly miss Jack’s great sense of humor including all of his Newfy jokes !!! I still remember them after all of these years. Jack would alway come to the Manning Park Temple Camp who in my mind was the reason for going in the first place.I think of Jack as one of my mentors who showed me how to enjoy life and to always volunteer at the camp and get everyone involved. He would be the first person at our Dharma Juice Reception and be the last one to leave.He would alway phone me up to take my order of apple pies for his temple’s fund raiser and bring them to Vancouver for many years. We all love you Jack !!!!

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