Johnny Uemoto passed away suddenly on June 29, 2016 at the age of 82 years. He is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Yoko and his beloved daughter, Joy; sister Kiku (Frank) Naka; and their sons Don (Paula) Naka and family, Gordie (Michelle) Naka and family, and Wayne Naka; Kaichi (Linda) and his children Sheri (Ivan) Young and family, Liana Uemoto and son, and Bryan (Hiromi) Uemoto and family. His nephews and nieces Russel (Joan) Hamanishi and family; Carole Hamanishi and family, and Mel (Tammy) Hamanishi; Nori Nishi and family, Hiroshi Nishi, Frank Nishi and family, Mizue Nishi and family and Sandra (Eric) Tamaki and Brian Nishi. Predeceased by his parents, Kasoji and Taju Uemoto; sister Taya and her husband Harry Hamanishi, their son Neil Hamanishi, sister Sadame Toriumi; brothers-in-law; Masaharu Nishi, Tetsuo Nishi and Jim Nishi. Johnny was born February 5, 1934 in Kelowna, BC at his family home on the M.W. Marshall ranch. There he spent his childhood working on the ranch, and farming. He went to school at Rutland Elementary, and attended Rutland High School. He eventually went on to become a journeyman mechanic, and enjoyed working at Benny’s Garage for Ben Ueda for many years. During that time he met and married Yoko Nishi, on December 4, 1965. Afterwards he drove trucks for Millar & Brown, and a number of other trucking companies, and finished off his career at Western Star Truck Company until his retirement in 1999. In his spare time, Johnny was an avid bowler, skier, and especially enjoyed fishing with his buddies. More recently, he has been enjoying going out for coffee with his many friends, lunching with his best friends Ken Ito and George Terada, and going on long drives chauffeuring Yoko, so she could partake in her favourite hobby of wildlife photography. The family would like to thank Dr. E.A. Broome for looking after Johnny for many years. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff at KGH during his recent hospitalization, and the many specialists who have been involved in his care in recent years. Johnny will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held for him on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. This service will be live streamed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, you may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences”.
The service for UEMOTO, Johnny is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.