It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Yoshiharu Terada on December 9th 2012 at the age of 85. Yosh was born in New Westminster on November 19th to parents Kayo and Tasujiro Terada. He was a proud orchardist living in the East Kelowna area for the past 60 years. He had been an active member of the Kelowna Buddhist Temple and the BC Fruit Growers’ Association. Yosh was a founding member of the Hinode Home, a senior’s residence for Japanese Canadians. He enjoyed music, salmon fishing and reading.
A man of many talents, Yosh was a farmer, mechanic, businessman, and craftsman. Proficient with his hands, his tools, and his mind, Yosh enjoyed engineering (some would say over-engineering!) a novel idea into a working prototype, such as a home-made pruning rake attachment for the tractor or simply making a stirrup hoe for the garden using a hockey stick. He could MacGyver any innovation or tool just to make his job easier. Some would classify Yosh as a Japanese Irishman as he loved his music, dance, and socialising with friends and family, all combined with a strong temperament. A proficient businessman, he was highly respected by colleagues and employees alike for his likability, generosity, and fairness. Yosh loved his gadgets and new equipment, but cherished the old values, not the old way of doing things. But above all, he loved his family, his relatives and his friends in all his social circles. No one enjoyed a puff on a pipe of Sail brand tobacco more than he. Yosh will be profoundly missed by all who knew his compassion.
Survived by his loving wife Florence, sons Lorne, Darren (Cathy), his beautiful granddaughters Jaimeson and Alyssa, daughter Carrie (Dan Sakaki), brothers Naga (Sue), George, sister-in-law Lillian, Carol (Morio) Koga, Tak (Yvonne) and predeceased by brother Mas and sister-in-law Tosh. The funeral service will be held on Monday December 17th at 7:00 pm at the Kelowna Buddhist Temple, 1089 Borden Avenue, Kelowna, BC.