We Remember

TERADA, Florence

July 5, 1930 — September 30, 2015

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Florence Matsuye Terada on September 30, 2015 at the age of 85. Florence was born in Vancouver, BC on July 5, 1930 to parents Sutezo and Shizu Kumagai. As a young child her life was dramatically impacted by the forced relocation of her family during WWII. During this time, her family was moved to three different locations including Sandon and Lemon Creek in the Kootenays and Farnham, Quebec, before they were able to re-establish a permanent home in Toronto.


Despite these difficult circumstances, she grew up in a close family united by love, support and friendship. In 1954, Florence met her future husband, Yoshiharu, while he was visiting Toronto to pick up a new car. They were married in 1956 and she moved to live with his family in Kelowna.


A Kelowna resident for almost 60 years, Flo worked tirelessly alongside Yosh to create and maintain a successful apple orchard, where they raised their children. She loved the outdoors and many family outings, fishing and matsutake adventures in her younger years.


Florence was loved and admired by many for her gentle and caring nature. She touched many hearts with her genuine kindness, warmth and compassion. Selfless through and through, Flo always put the needs of others ahead of her own. Her passion and enthusiasm for her grandchildren was truly inspiring.


Although modest in the kitchen, she was famous for her apple pie, dill pickles, preserved peaches and legendary care packages. She also applied her culinary skills as a valued member of the Kelowna Buddhist Temple Women’s Association, where she spent countless hours working and laughing alongside many of her dear friends.


Survived by her loving sons Lorne, Darren (Cathy), her loving granddaughters Jaimeson and Alyssa, daughter Carrie (Dan Sakaki), brothers Hiroshi “Doc” and Yasuyuki (Misa). Predeceased by her loving husband Yosh, sister Toshiko and sister-in-law Helen.


A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 pm at the Kelowna Buddhist Temple, 1089 Borden Avenue, Kelowna, BC, with Rev. Yasuhiro Miyakawa officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna Buddhist Temple Building Fund or to a charity of your choice.   If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 pm

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The service for TERADA, Florence is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th 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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  • Gord Lacey says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Flo. I have fond memories of her at the Temple especially around the fund raising events we took part in. Namo Amida Butsu

  • Donna Downham says:

    So sorry to read about the passing of your mother Florence. My thoughts and prayers are with you Darren, Cathy and children.

  • Carol Kozoway says:

    Lorne & family,
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and our deepest condolences to you and the Terada family.
    Carol Kozoway

  • Edward and Brenda Schmidt says:

    We are saddened to hear of the loss of your mom. Our prayers are with you at this time.

  • Hiroshi, Gerry and Noriko Kumagai says:

    Dear Lorne, Darren, Cathy, Jamie, Alyssa, Carrie and Dan,

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Matsu. Even though we were separated by a great distance, we knew we were welcome at her house. And once there, we were always met by her kindness, generosity, and warmth. She will be deeply missed by us.

    Hiroshi, Eldon, Gerry and Noriko Kumagai

  • Gerry and Noriko Kumagai says:

    Winery in Kelowna; Oct 2015

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    Winery in Kelowna photo-2; Oct 2015

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  • Domenic Rampone says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Domenic and Lina Rampone

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