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HOSHIZAKI, William Yasuo “Bill”

Bill went to be with the Lord on March 3, 2019 at the age of 86.  Survived by his loving wife Dori Hoshizaki, his three sons: Mark (Miho), Dale (Sandy), and Wayne, grandchildren: William, Jared, Kristopher and Breanna, and Dori’s family.   Sadly, predeceased by his first wife Hiroko, his sisters: Toyo, Tomi and Toki, his brothers: Masahiro, Norm and Sam.  Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, with Mr. Gordon Fuller officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Japanese Ministries (CJM)  www.cjmin.com.

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THIS SERVICE WILL BE LIVESTREAMED/BROADCAST on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Japanese Ministries (CJM) Link: www.cjmin.com


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The service for HOSHIZAKI, William Yasuo “Bill” is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd. Kelowna, BC


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  • Jacob Friesen says:

    I will greatly miss Bill’s quiet depth of intelligence, the spontaneity of his ready compassion and his genuine empathy.. He left us a legacy to learn from and to practice.

  • Marlene McCaughey says:

    To the Hoshizaki family,
    Greg and I extend our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father into the arms of his Heavenly Father and rejoining with your mother. What solace there is in knowing that this farewell is not forever. As you know, we go back to “Olden” days with both your father and your mother. Your father is reuniting with so many old friends, including my mother, who just went to glory a few days before your dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all this time of loss. God be with you all. Love, Marlene (Nago) and Greg McCaughey

  • Iwao & Sachi Ikenouye says:

    Bill’s family and my family lived in the Okanagan and as Japanese immigrants knew and connected with each other. The Sharples family had a real heart for the Japanese people and started a fellowship group in their home for them. My friend Albert Dalman and I visited the Hoshizaki’s inviting them to the fellowship. We took our instruments – trumpet and trombone since Sam Hoshizaki played the violin and played together. In this way we made friends with them and invited them to church – the People’s Mission.
    One furlough when we lived in Vancouver Bill came all the way to Vancouver to fix our car. He taught mechanics in Kelowna High School. So not only was he skillful, but very kind. We appreciate all the good memories we have of him and sympathize with the family in their great loss.

  • Dianne (Nago) Gleave says:

    I am sorry to hear or your Dad’s passing. I am from way back. That little flower girl in the blue dress in your mom and dad’s wedding photo is me. Your mom was one of my Sunday School teachers at Niesi Gospel Church in Lethbridge. Your dad has joined your mom and my mom who went to glory just a few days ago. May you experience God’s peace.

  • Norm and Vicky Brevik says:

    To Dori and family, our most sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    We had fun fishing together at Laurie Lake many years ago.

  • Eureka Nakai says:

    With very heavy hearts, we send our deepest condolences. Uncle Bill with his sense of humour and steadfast love His Lord has been an awesome “uncle” to us! Many hours spent together at Sunnyside Camp and drop-in dinners in Kelowna are our treasured memories! We look for when we shall meet again! We dearly miss you, Uncle Bill.

  • Roslyn Simonson says:

    To Dorie and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. It is so good to know that Bill is in a much better place and you will see him again. I’m sorry I will not be able to attend as I have a very bad cold. I will watch the live streaming. Roslyn

  • Ken & Teresa Erickson says:

    We wish to send our sincerest condolences to Bill’s family. We only met Bill once at a family gathering. His brother Norman was the Grandfather of my son-in-law Kievs LaPlume. Bill spoke passionately about his fondness for fishing. I remember him as a most outgoing and friendly person, that when you met feel like a friend you have known for a long time. That one meeting left a indelible memory and regret that I did not even get to know him more!

  • Gordon Kogawa says:

    My condolence to the family.
    So thankful to God for having known Bill.

  • Tomoko Sakamoto says:

    On March 07, I was informed B ill Hoshizaki was called home to be with the Lord. May comfort and peace of the Lord be with the family who sent the precious member to the Lord..
    Bill and Hiroko had been my hosts every time I had gone to Kelowna on my ministry journey. Their kind hospitality and wonderful fellowship is truly unforgettable. It comforts me to know the return of favor I was never able to make, the Lord is richly showering them now.
    I pray for the comforting arm and peace for you who are experiencing sadness and loneliness for being separated from Bill,in the hope we have in the Lord that we will meet again in heaven in His time.
    Tomoko Sakamoto

  • Heather Stigter says:

    I am sorry of the loss to the family. You will be missed, now your with the Lord.

  • Christine Whittaker says:

    My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to all of Bill’s family. Although I was not able to attend his memorial service two weeks ago in person, I was there in spirit and have been thinking fondly about Bill, remembering the good times we had working together. I first met Bill in April 1986, when I was hired on as a Speech Therapist with Student Support Services in School District #23. Bill was the witty, energetic, fun loving, dedicated, hard working Hospital Home Bound Teacher who was well liked by all staff, his students, and their parents. He was enthusiastic and ready to join in all our staff activities, including such things as baseball and golf games, barbecues, car rallies, and staff parties. He participated in everything with a big grin on his face. At Bill’s retirement party several years ago, we Speech Therapists performed a song and dance routine entitled “Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill Hoshizaki” to the tune of The Beach Boys’ “Ba Ba Ba Ba Babara Ann”. Bill said he loved it! I feel honoured and blessed to have known Bill, and say one final farewell.

  • Lillian Vale says:

    I had wondered why I hadn’t heard from Uncle Bill. He would always meet with us when he was in Toronto.
    My first contact with him, was through Hiroko (Auntie Koko) when we lived in Coaldale, Alberta. My sisters and I went to Kootenay Camp one summer, when I was around 8 years old. Both Uncle Bill and Auntie Koko were camp counsellors. I
    have fond memories of that summer, before we left Coaldale for Vancouver.
    Apologies for the late condolences.
    Lily (nee Matsuoka)

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