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May 27, 1933 — October 9, 2017

It is with profound sadness the family of Kenji Tsubouchi announces his sudden passing on October 9, 2017 at the age of 84.

Ken was born on May 27, 1933 to Hyakuzo and Ume Tsubouchi in Duncan, BC.  In 1957, Ken married the love of his life Kay Mitsunaga in Fort William (Thunder Bay, ON), recently celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.  Together they raised two sons, Terry and Kelly, instilling a strong work ethic in both of their children.

Ken worked for Cancar for 25 years and then he and Kay relocated to Kelowna, BC in January of 1987 as he took a position with Western Star, retiring in 1997.

Throughout his life, Ken enjoyed sports, particularly golfing at Sunset Ranch from its opening day.

Ken was predeceased by his parents Hyakuzo and Umenyiora Tsubouchi, in laws Hediki and Mitsuye Mitsunaga, siblings Kiyoshi Thomas and Eiji Tsubouchi.

Left to mourn his loss are his wife Kay, his children Terry (Ivana) and Kelly (Cathy), grandchildren Amanda and Collin, siblings Pat Ioi, Nobu Smart, Sets Oda and sister-in-law Dorothy Tsubouchi.   He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Chuck and Kathy Eggli, retired nurse Julie Daniels, Kelowna EMS, Donna Shaw and Tami Quan for their support in Mom’s time of need.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 16, 2017 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, Kelowna BC. In lieu of flowers, Ken had requested donation be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca.

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October 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for TSUBOUCHI, Kenji is scheduled for October 16, 2017 at 10:00 am. 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 Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Stan & Betty Watchorn says:

    Stan & I met Ken at Sunset Ranch golf course. He welcomed us to the golf course and always had smiles and a friendly greeting.
    We have missed him this past year at the course but have seen him downtown a few times.
    Ken, you were a true gentleman with a friendly disposition.
    Our condolences to Kay and the family.

  • Elizabeth Folk says:

    Dear Kay and family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. Our memories of both of you are from our 26 years at Sunset Ranch, playing with you and the bantering over the fence as you passed our home on the 4 th fairway. Ken was a bright light, always smiling and a gentle disposition. He will be missed by all. Sending hugs to you Kay, from Rick and Elizabeth Folk

  • ab and martha filipovic says:

    deepest condolences to Kay and family in the loss of Ken…he was a very likeable individual and very friendly to all who knew him…although he lived away, it was always nice to see him when he returned for a visit …..

  • Sid Malik says:

    Hello Kay and the family.
    I am very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Ken was my first boss. He hired me as a computer programmer at CanCar, after I graduated from Confederation College.
    He was a kind man. He smiled often.
    May his soul rest in peace, and may all those whom he left behind have the strength to bear this loss.

  • Ethel Hudema says:

    Kay…………..deepest condolences in the loss of Ken. What a friendly neighbor when I lived at house 333. Take care!

  • Rod Fuchihara and Jane Mayer says:

    Dear Tsubouchi Family,
    We are so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Ken. Ken will be remembered as being a happy and kind person, always laughing. We wish you heartfelt comfort in this sad and trying time. Rest in peace Ken.

  • Murray Wilson says:

    Terry, So sorry to read about your father. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Paula Ribotto (Nelligan) says:

    Dear Kay and Family,
    My deepest condolences for your loss. You are in the my thoughts and prayers.
    I only knew you both when I was a young person through my parents yet I was always welcomed warmly by you both.
    Paula Ribotto (Nelligan)

  • Mary Gourlay (nee Phillips) says:

    Kay and family: So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I remember Ken and his smile. We were neighbours on Amethyst Crescent 50 years ago! Mary Phillips Gourlay (Kelowna)

  • Mable Haase says:

    Dear Kay &Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences. You and Ken welcomed us to Sunset Ranch when we first arrived in Kelowna. We enjoyed a few golf games together. Your husband was a true gentleman, always friendly and cheerful. He will be missed. I am out of town but my thoughts are with all of you.
    Mable Haase

  • Wayne Deasum says:

    To the Tsubouchi family
    Unfortunately I did not know Ken for very long. I was able to play golf with him several times and each occasion was an enjoyable experience. What a fine gentleman he was. It was my good fortune to have met him.

  • Patti and Mike Callahan says:

    Kelly and Cathy…..we were so sorry to hear of your dad. We are thinking of all of you today. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Kathie Terhljan (Hughes) says:

    Dear Kay & Family – Please accept my condolences on the loss of dear Ken. Ken gave me my first job out of college at Can Car as a computer programmer back in 1979. He was a true mentor and I learned much from him. I will always remember his wonderful sense of humour and the way he made all of us who worked for him feel like family. There are some people who touch your life in the most profound ways and Ken was one of those people. May he rest in peace.

  • Trevor West says:

    Kay, I was so sorry to hear Ken has passed. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Trevor West says:

    Kay, I was saddened to hear Ken has passed. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Trevor West

  • Carol Wakewich (Nelligan) says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to Kay and family. I first met Ken through my parents and then when I started working at Can Car. I remember him as a gentleman and always with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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