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Kenzo Ichino Tribute Fund

KENZO ICHINO passed away quietly at Chinook Regional Hospital on August 18, 2011.

He was born on April 3, 1915 in Steveston, B.C., and was predeceased by his beloved wife Kimiko, his sisters Fumiko Higo, Aiko Suzuki, and Namiko (Barbara) Kajiwara. He is survived by his daughters Theresa and Karen and grand-pup Maddy, as well as older brother Momotaro (Matt) and younger brother Kuni, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

In his long life, Ken worked hard, befriended many, and was devoted to family and friends. He was a rakish young “wheeler-dealer” in Steveston, where his family ran a thriving enterprise that included a store, lunch counter, and taxi business. World War II meant uprooting to Alberta, where he learned a new trade, married, and became a sedate family man. He was always deeply loyal to those he cared about; his wife Kimi was the centre of his life, and he passed away exactly five years to the day after her death. He and his family are fortunate in their equally loyal friends. Thank you for your support.

Although Ken wished a quiet, private funeral service, there will be a viewing on Wednesday, August 24, at GENERATIONS (703 – 13 Street North), between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Flowers and koden are gratefully declined. However, those who wish may choose to make donations to St. Michael’s Health Centre Foundation (Palliative Care Centre) at 1400 – 9 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4V5 or the Chinook Hospital Foundation or to the Humane Society (or similar organization). Ken had a life-long love of dogs.

As Ken requested, a private funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS, interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

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