Hank Happy Birthday....you are missed ...I hope you and my Mom get to meet again...lost her as well...my thoughts and prayers are with you both..hugs
Today would have been your 88th birthday, unimaginable.
Pray you are at peace, surrounded by loved ones gone before. As ever, Ann
Just a note of sweet remembrance
of our time together ~
hoping you know your work continues
in your honor by me and by those who also respected and loved you.
I pray you rest in deserved peace.
And now, the visitors have gone home and the days grow longer. I read the comments left for you and know you would be so grateful. Yesterday would have been your birthday, I look back, remembering. Rest in peace ~ . As ever..
Condolences to the family and may he rest in peace. My grandson is in 3rd grade and has been enrolled at Oyama Elementary since Kindergarten.
And now, you rest in peace. The community you so loved speak of you so kindly, with gratitude for your commitment to make this world a better place. Our personal memories are intertwined with special friends, dancing to the music of the legendary Cass Preston, assembling the band of Louie Leon for their reunion at our wedding, attending innumerable events that raised money for honorable causes,
and so much more, too much to mention.
I'll write more later but for now my dear, rest in deserved peace knowing you made a difference, you are loved
and your time on earth was a treasured gift.
Rest In Paradise Grandpa. You'll be sorely missed. Gone but never forgotten.
Hank made a big difference in the community for all of us. I met him in the 70s thru my parents and even though he had been retired, it was so great to see him around town.
He had so much energy and always wanted to help out any way possible.
We won't be seeing him around town anymore but, there will be (and are) so many memories of Hank whereever we go. You will be never forgotten.
May Hank rest in peace, and with much gratitude for his civil rights stands and bilingual educational efforts. I posted my tribute on Tucsoncitizen.com: http://tucsoncitizen.com/community/2013/03/25/in-memory-of-dr-henry-hank-oyama/
Dear Oyama Family, I offer my deepest condolences to you for the loss of this wonderful human being. Señor Oyama was one of my early Spanish teachers at Pueblo High School. Señor Oyama and Señor Guerrero worked hard with me to help me win a scholarship to the University of Arizona and graduation from the UofA changed my life forever. That dynamic duo did that for so many other students as well. It ultimatelly had a domino effect and changed many more lives after me and the other students as well. I will be forever grateful to the work that Señor Oyama and Señor Guerrero committed to so many of us at Pueblo High School to make our futures so much better. Señor Oyama will be in my prayers until I die. God Bless Señor Oyama and keep him forever in his care.
With Love and Sympathy,
Pueblo High School
Class of 1965
Hank was the first to greet me when I joined the Pueblo faculty in 1960. He always impressed me with his calm, pleasant, professional demeanor. We all respected and loved him. A truly remarkable human being. R I P, Hank.
Mr. Oyama, was a excellent man and teacher. I ony knew him for a short time. He always had a smile and time to help you on any problem
god bless him
Mr. Oyama touched many with his kindness and understanding. Those of us from older Tucsonian families will always remember the hardships the Oyama family went through and the pride when they returned to our "Old Pueblo" to help enrich the many who have had the fortune to have Hank smile and greet you warmly. The passing of a True Tucsonian Leader.
Dear Oyama Family,
Henry was a dear friend to our Family, we have fond memories of his Mom, his Sister Rosie, and Henry. We will always remember him, we feel fortunate to have known him. God Bless.
I'll always remeber what a great "Visitor" Dr. Oyama was, we would talk and talk and never had a pause, God Bless you Dr. Oyama
I will remember Hank as a decent man who worked hard for what he believed. He never hesitated to support others who demonstrated leadership abilities and commitment to the good of the community. Thank you, Hank for all you did and my sincerest condolences to your loved ones.
To know Hank was to love him. We were so lucky to be able to spend quality time with him. He was a gift to Tucson and the nation. When the Ann Frank exhibit from Holland came to the Jewish Community Center in Tucson, I (Billie) was a volunteer docent and very proudly pointed to the picture on the wall of Hank and Mary Ann's ground breaking marriage; we included a local timeline in our exhibit of discrimination. One of the most astonishing characteristics about Hank was that he had no bitterness toward anybody, even those who discriminated against him and caused him hardshp. You will be sorely missed, Dr Oyama.
My deepest sympathy to the family. I have only fond memories of my friend Hank and will miss him and his wisdom.
To all of Hank's family: He made a difference in my life at various points throughout the 40+ years I knew him. He inspired me, taught me, assisted me, supported and worked with me in so many ways in our community. He was such a role model to my students and me of graciousness, of honor, of forgiveness, patriotism, and brilliance, all leavened with humor. TUSD awarded him its highest honor in naming a school for him. May his work never be forgotten. I will miss him.
Ann, family, and friends...my most sincere condolences. May you find comfort in the arms of the Maker. Peace to all.
It was a privilege knowing Hank. I first knew him as a student at the UA. Later running into him in community affairs. He was truly involved with the community. He was a "doer" not just a "talker." The world is a better place because of you. May God welcome you and rest in peace.
Dear Oyama Family,
Reading Mr. Oyama's obituary - he certainly lived a full life. I was fortunate to meet him a few times since last Fall at Mass or a Holy communion visit. My condolences to his family.
Clara McInnis, Ministry Team Volunteer
St. Odilia Church
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mr. Oyama was one of the educators at Pueblo that made a difference. He helped to move us into a larger world.
Congratulations on a life well-lived. You did so many good things for Tucson and the rest of the world. We are indebted to you.
My heart goes out to your family. May they find peace and love in this time of grief.
Our condolences go out to the Oyama family. Know that Hank made a difference in the Tucson community and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all.
One of the best Teachers ever at Pueblo High School!! I remember him always having such a kind smile on his face in school. Love what he did for education and the community as a whole. Awesome man! On behalf of all PHS Alumni, may he Rest in Peace.
It was an honor to have known you personaly. you will truely be missed but not forgoten.
You will be sadly missed..You have touched so many peoples lives..Thank you for being a part of my life...See you again...
Mr. Oyama was very good to me and opened my eyes as to a better world and helping to understand humanity. He is and will always be in my thoughts of many good people who where part of my life growing up.
Mary Cempura Lopez
It was nothing but pleasure knowing Hank; he made such a difference. RIP Hank!
As an American woman of Mexican descent who married a Caucasion, I thank you for making our marriage possible. Thank you for all you did for Tucson and the country. God bless your family.
Mr. Oyama set the standard for many of us Southside students. He seemed to listen and respond to us as though we mattered. He encouraged and protected us as individuals from the covert attitudes.
My beloved 7th grade Georaphy teacher at Safford Jr. High.Rest in Peace. Thanks for the encouragement from a South Side Barrio child. Thanks again for your generous kind words and smiles meeting you after my U of A graduation. I know we will meet again.
Hank made a difference ! One of the most interesting and engaging people I have known.
Dear Laura and Oyama Family,
Knew Hank through our membership in Tucson rotary Club. Hank was always gracious, caring with a friendly smile on his face. Hank's contributions to our community are many and he will be remembered for what he was--a gentle and caring soul.
Brother Hank you are in the best place rest in peace.
With Prayers for the Family,
Rest in peace Dr. Hank Oyama...it was a pleasure knowing you. Until we meet again..en Paz descances.