FREDERICK SASAKI With great love and respect the family of Fred Sasaki announces his passing on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, his 95th year. Predeceased by his wife Naka and daughter Nana, father Shuichi, mother Midori, sisters Sumi, Cannie and Audrey. Fred is survived by his son Paul, daughter Joan, daughter-in-law Karen, son-in-law Gerald, and grandchildren Crystal, Lori and Derek, his sisters Kay, Dotty, and Noby. Fred came to Canada at 10 months of age from Hiroshima, Japan. He graduated from UBC with a B.Com through correspondence from Calgary while his family was interned during WWII. After the war Fred started working in the stock room at Canadian Tire riding on roller skates. Eventually Fred worked his way up to Vice President of Finance at Canadian Tire. His signature can be found on the infamous Canadian Tire Money during his time as a senior executive. Fred is also one of the founders and eventually a resident of the Momiji Seniors Centre. A leader in his community Fred has received numerous awards from many organizations for his generous and determined volunteer work. As an expression of gratitude and respect, the family would greatly appreciate donations to the Momiji Foundation, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and St. Michael's Hospital. A visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at Pine Hills Cemetery, 625 Birchmount Road in Scarborough. The funeral service will take place on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. to be followed by the burial and a reception also at Pine Hills Cemetery. www.etouch.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 31, 2014