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UEMOTO, Johnny

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”.    

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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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.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Vern & Jeanne Rehbein says:

    Once again, so very sorry. We will be watching the memorial on Saturday. We will be thinking of you both.
    Hope to get out to Kelowna sometime later this year & would love to see you.
    Best always,
    Vern & Jeanne

  • Kebrina Caldwell says:

    Yoko My thoughts and prayers are with you. Deepest condolences Kebrina

  • Corey Lange says:

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of John Uemoto. Even though I haven’t seen him in many years, my childhood is filled with fond memories of growing up around John, Yoko, and Joy. You will be missed by many, many people. My sincerest condolences.

  • Rhoda Weisgarber says:

    I so remember John’s smile. A lovely man.
    Sending my condolences to his family and friends.
    Rhoda Weisgarber

  • Ian and Katherine Beardsell says:

    John and I would often meet up in front of our respective houses and chat, as long time neighbours while I was growing up in Kelowna, and later when I came “home” to visit. He was such a kind and gentle man, quick to smile and laugh! I will always remember him with fondness.
    Thinking of you, Yoko and Joy, at this time of your loss,
    Ian, Katherine, and Joshua

  • Grace and Brian Klein says:

    Dear Yoko and Joy, We are very sorry that we will be out of town this weekend and won’t be able to attend Johnny’s Celebration of Life. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Lewis & Ann Runnalls says:

    We were sorry to hear of John’s passing, Yoko. You and John were not only the best neighbours our son could have had but also the very best of friends. Thank you.
    Lew & Ann

  • Lewis & Ann Runnalls says:

    We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing, Yoko. Our son could not have found better neighbours or such good friends anywhere. Thank you.

  • Peter G says:

    So Sorry Yoko and Joy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers. I could not be present with you at John’s service but I was in” Spirit”. I attended through the funeral home taping. I have missed my buddy, often wondering how he was doing. I know he did not want to suffer a lengthily illness so maybe a blessing in disguise. The hardest part is letting go and I know he would want you to. He is no longer in pain. You have so many great memories to carry with you. Love you guys. God bless Happy fishing Johnny!!

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