There are fond childhood memories that I have of my Uncle Tats in Cleveland, Ohio, and in later years' visits in the Seattle area.
Tats enjoyed bowling and I remember tagging along with him, as a child, to the bowling alleys as well as visits to the amusement park.
Even though Tats and Kinu and family moved a distance away, they were always close in my mind and heart.
Uncle Tats was a self-made man in the true sense of the term. He was a honorable man, with many diverse talents, and someone I always admired.
Everyone can take comfort in knowing that he was very proud of and loved each and every member of his family, especially his dear wife, Kinu. At the last Thanksgiving gathering, with the entire family in attendance, he proudly said to his wife of 61 years, Kinu, "look what we created." They certainly did and he will be greatly missed. With much love and gratitude, Sharon Shintaku, niece
You took a lot of photographs, preserving a lot of memories for your family. Through your viewfinder, we peer into yesteryear's snapshots to see;
A man who loved his wife so much he preserved thousands of photos of her smile.
A man seeing the joy and smiles of his four children on Christmas morning.
A man who loved his father, mother, brother and sister, proud of his heritage and family roots.
A man who met adversity with perseverance and hard work.
A successful entrepreneur, proud of the business he and his family created together.
A man's pride in purchasing a new car.
A man who loved, or at least developed a tolerance, for little Chihuahua dogs.
A man who enjoyed the challenge of teaching himself to play his latest musical instrument purchase.
A man who gave the family's dog new life by crafting a set of wheels to serve in place of worn out hind legs.
A man who loved spending time in Hawaii with Kinu.
A man who expressed his creative gift through painting and woodworking.
A man who found natures wonder in cultivating flowers and plants.
A man's pride in his wife and family.
A man who loved watching his grandchildren grow.
A man celebrating a long successful marriage with his loving wife.
A man who lived to see his dream of an easier life for all his children come true.
My life is richer because of you, Tat's. I've learned a lot from you. May God continue to bless you.
Until we meet again.
Dad was a special man and had many accomplishments during his 97 years. Even though he encountered many hardships including internment, with the support from my mom he raised 4 kids, had his own business and had a wonderful & long retirement including travel, music and several hobbies. Dad's father had passed when he was very young, so I believe Dad did the best he could in being a good husband, father, provider, brother and friend.
I'm not sure what the family would have done without the incredible care Dad had received from everyone at Easthill Elder Care and with the special care of Sonya Yamamoto. Would also like to express my gratitude to Misuko Ohashi and her son Byron Ohashi. You are all angels. We thank you.
When the stars are out I will look up and know Dad is
watching over all of us. Some of his memories may make me laugh and wonder but I will keep them close to my heart and will always love him.
See you later Dad.
We miss,and love you Tats, here at East Hill Elder Care, we remember you at every meal, in the morning, and all day. It has been such an honor to care for you in the last year, we miss your deep voice calling, and your stories from childhood to present....and most of all, I know how much you loved and appriciated us. I remember on the last inspection by the state, Tats told the licensor:"These ladies know how to take care of me real well, however I had to teach them how to cook, but now i'm happy here".A year went by way too fast, but your memory will live in our house forever. I put the painting you gave us next to the room you slept in, and it will stay there always...love Daniela, Lidia, Dana, Liviu and all the other residents that knew you...
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I miss you dear friend... What I learned from you in the last year is priceless. Thank you for the kindness,and love you gave to me. I still smile at what you told me a few weeks ago. You said you weren't feeling well,and I better go home so I don't "catch" what you had....I just smiled shook my head and said "I'm not worried". You said some pretty funny things. I wish now I had kept a journal of our visits. Even when you kicked me out! :) Bottom line, "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!" My life is richer because of you. Your family should be proud of the wonderful changes you made in the past year. I'm at peace knowing your at peace. Sonya
I am so thankful we were able to sit and visit with "Grandpa Yamamoto" (as Jessica and Noah knew him by) while we were there last summer. The sparkle that lit his eyes when he realized who we were meant so much to me.
Our family would like to offer our deepest sympathy, know that we will continue to lift you in our prayers for comfort and peace.
Steve, Machelle, Jessica and Noah Simmons