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TAKEDA, Jerry Jiro

Jerry Jiro Takeda passed unexpectedly on October 22nd, 2017 at the age of 64 years. He was born on October 10th, 1953 in Raymond, Alberta and was the sixth of nine children. Jerry completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo, graduating with Honors. He worked In Lethbridge for the Government of Alberta as a scientist for 5 years. He married his wife, Laurie on May 21st, 1977. In 1980, he began his career with GMC, working at the family owned dealership, Jubilee Motors, in Raymond, Alberta. He moved his family to Williams Lake in 1989 to become the fixed operations manager at Cariboo Chevrolet Buick GMC. In 1994, Jerry got a job as the general manager of the parts department at Jacobsen GM in Kelowna, subsequently retiring from Bannister Cadillac Buick GMC in Kelowna in 2014. Jerry worked for GMC for 35 years and enjoyed his retirement by pursuing his passions of photography, golfing, snowboarding, exercising and travelling to Calgary to spend time with his children and grandson. In 2003, Jerry helped found the Yamabiko Taiko group in Kelowna becoming an avid participant as a drummer for 10 years. Jerry was an active member of the Kelowna Buddhist Temple Board of Directors, writing the newsletter, acting as webmaster and treasurer.  Over the past two years, Jerry volunteered his time as tee-host and marshal at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club. He is predeceased by his father Muneo, his brother Ronnie, and sister Constance. Jerry is survived by his mother Toshiko, siblings Hisako (Brian), Richard (Dawn), Donna (John), KB (Lila), Jane (Gary), Susan (Chris), the love of his life, Laurie, with whom he just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, sons Nathan, Aaron (Eri), daughter Nicole and grandson, Elias Ichiro. A Memorial Service honoring his life will be held at the Kelowna Buddhist Temple, 1089 Borden Avenue on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  No flowers by request, please. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or to share a memory, please scroll down this page to the area called “share your condolences.”

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Kelowna Buddhist Temple

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The service for TAKEDA, Jerry Jiro is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Kelowna Buddhist Temple

1089 Borden Avenue Kelowna, BC


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  • Barbara Charlton says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you in this time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed.

    • Ed & Betty Harry says:

      We were sorry to hear of your brothers passing. We never got to meet hi but he sounds like a wonderful person and someone who I would have loved to meet. May your sorrows be lessen by your faith.

  • Greg S Chor says:

    Our hearts are with you and your family. Namo Amida Butsu

    Gina, Greg, Anthony, Lexi and Jenni and all your friends from Manning Park

  • Tom Fulton says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and wish to offer my heartfelt condolences. While I only knew Jerry for the past 4-5 years through the photography club, it was clear he was the quintessential “good person”… always pleasant, very friendly, great sense of humour and fully engaged. He just seemed to love life and love people. I am saddened by his passing.

  • Jodi says:

    My deepest condolences to Jerry’s family. I worked with Jerry at Jacobsen back in 2008 for a couple of years. He was such a nice man. Always had a big smile on his face and a happy funny story to tell. May he Rest In Peace. And his family find comfort in his memories at this time.

  • George and Tracy Meikle says:

    I was so saddened to hear of Jerry’s sudden passing. Jerry was always the one smiling face you could count on when we worked together at Jacobsen’s. He was always so willing to be involved. Our condolences to you Laurie and family from George and Tracy Meikle

  • Daniel Laporte says:

    Dear KB and family,
    I am sorry to hear this sad news.
    Take all the time you need with your family to go through this difficult time.

  • Nishiyama Family says:

    Our deepest condolences to Laurie and family as well as Tosh and also Jerry’s siblings and their families. There will be a big hole in your lives but hopefully with time the pain of this loss will be easier to bear. In Gassho.
    Reyko Nishiyama and family

  • Gail Kamitomo says:

    I really am at a loss for words. As cousins who grew up around the corner from each other, we were close family members. As adults we did not see each other often, but always had such a great visit. The last time I saw Jerry was this spring, when he and Laurie graciously had me, my friend, and our dogs over for lunch. As family, please know that Jerry loved all of you so much… especially his little grandson of whom he was so proud! Jerry will be missed by everyone who knew him. His laugh and his fun loving personality was so infectious! I am sorry we won’t be able to be with you as you celebrate his life. Take time to grieve, but remember his motto was to live like to the fullest!
    Gail Kamitomo & Bill Brennan and family
    Uncle Johnny

  • Chad and Nadine Bannister says:

    Laurie, I just want to pass along our sincere condolences on Jerry’s unexpected passing. I only got to know him for a short period of time, but he was always a very positive, fun loving guy. He was passionate about his hobbies and his family, and I know when we originally talked about his retirement he wanted to make sure he spent his time enjoying life and family.

  • Brendan/Wendy Harty says:

    To Laurie and Family, Our sincere condolences on your sudden loss of Jerry. So glad we met you people at Montesa in Gold Canyon AZ. last year. Though we only knew him a short time he was the life of every visit we had and we so enjoyed his smile and lively participation in everything from line dancing to his love of picture taking.He was one of a kind. A true friend to all he met.You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Hartys.

  • Marlene and Greg Lang says:

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jerry. Although it has been years since we have seen you all, we are Julia’s parents (Nicole’s friend) he was always kind and friendly during the quick chats we had when he was picking up Nicole from our house. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

  • Jim Pattersons says:

    Our deepest condolences from all of us here in the parts department. Jerry always had a smile on his face and was a genuinely great person. I’m glad that Jerry was able to spend time enjoying his time with all of you during his retirement.

  • Daniel Goodier says:

    Laurie, I just want you to know that I was really sadden to hear about Jerry. He will be missed.

  • Alec and Bev Pelletier says:

    Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel at the passing of Jerry. Laurie, we wish you all the kindness this world can offer at this most difficult time.

  • Dennis & Loretta Hanzel says:

    Laurie, we are deeply saddened to hear of your loss of Jerry. Please accept our deepest condolences and may our thoughts and prayers help comfort you and your family.

  • Natalie Levinsen says:

    Laurie and family, I want to offer my most sincere condolences on the passing of Jerry. I hope you are feeling supported and surrounded by lots of love as you cope with the sudden loss of such a special part of your life. Natalie Levinsen

  • Rose says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Dan and Lai King Ho and Family
    Edmonton, AB

  • Marcia Wallace says:

    Laurie – words cannot adequately express the shock and sadness I feel over Jerry passing. Know that I am keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if I can help you in any way. Sincerely, Marcie

  • Diane Crawford says:

    Dear Laurie and Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences! I had the privilege of working with Jerry at Gallagher’s and also knowing him from the gym. He always made the light brighter wherever he went with his smile and caring ways. Was truly blessed to have know him.
    Diane Crawford

  • Eldon Takahashi says:

    Hello Laurie,
    Just wanted to extend my condolences to you and family. Though I hadn’t seen Jerry for a very long time I remember him well. A great guy in every way! Sincerely, Eldon

  • Randy Matsuno says:

    Sorry to hear the passing of Jerry , once he graduated High school I didnt see him much.
    Growing up with him tho ,was lots of mischief and lots of fun.

    Randy and the Matsuno clan

  • Ron Masuda says:

    Hello Laurie & Family,
    Sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing as I just got wind of it today. Extend my condolences to you and your family. I had not seen Jerry for many years but I remember him well from early school years. A very congenial person to be remembered.
    Best Personal Regards, Ron & Betty Ann Masuda

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