KATS (KEN) SAKAMOTO
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SAKAMOTO, KATS (KEN) It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Kats (Ken) on May 25, 2021. He was predeceased by Grace, his beloved wife of 62 years and survived by his two sons Terry (Kelley) and Kevin (Janet), five wonderful grandchildren Paul (Alla), Kimiko (Elliott), Sean, Kiyomi, Madori and his much- loved great-grandchildren Anton and Anna. Uncle Kats will be fondly remembered and missed by his extended family and many friends. Kats was born in Port Hammond, BC in 1927. During the second world war, the family was interned in Tashme. After the war's end, he made his way east and earned his MD from the University of Toronto in 1954. In 1956 Kats married the love of his life, Grace, with whom he would share his life for 62 years. Settling in Etobicoke, they built a rich life filled with family, enduring friendships and wonderful experiences. Over the years, Kats devoted himself to his family, friends and 40 years worth of patients he saw from his office in Glen Agar Plaza. By the mid-70s, Terry and Kevin were fortunate to have seen much of North America "from the back seat of Dad's Buick". Post-retirement Kats and Grace didn't slow down as they continued to travel, meet new people and make many wonderful memories with their growing circle of friends. Grace's stroke in 2010 put a sudden end to their wanderings and this is the time Kats' true character showed itself. Dad spent these years caring for Mom in their home until her passing eight years later. It was only after this that Dad allowed himself one final trip – a final unforgettable trip with Terry and Kevin back to Port Hammond, Tashme and an extended visit with Suzanne and Kenny (Mom's brother). The family thanks the staff at Credit Valley Hospital – 1C for their attentive care during Dad's final days. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trillium Health Partners – Credit Valley Hospital or a charity of your choice.

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Published in Toronto Star on May 30, 2021.
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June 9, 2021
From Wm. Price's mom (now Sally McMann)
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Dr. Sakamoto was like family to me and my kids in the 70s when we lived near his office.

He helped me so much with difficult (mentally) surgery and was great with my Billy and Laura. I wish Doctors now are more like him.

My condolences to your family.

Sally Price McMann
Freelton, Ontario
Sally McMann
Friend
June 5, 2021
We were neighbours and good friends for over 20 years. When we first moved to the neighborhood, Grace and Ken were very welcoming and were always there to lend a helping hand. Ken was so helpful with setting up our vegetable garden and helping out when I travelled a lot for work.

Over the years we shared many dinners, hockey games and yes, a few bottles of wine.

We will miss Ken’s kindness, thoughtfulness and friendship.
Robert Ferrari
Friend
May 31, 2021
I would like to inform the family I belong to a private group called (You Know You're from Etobicoke when...) in this group the obituary is posted and has many endearing remarks I am hoping you can see! As Saki what we called him he took the best care of me and my family for over 26 years, I will truly miss him. He taught me a lot from his internment during the war to how to tell what words are Japanese to how to give my brother a needle. He always listened unlike many others and was a joy to be around. He loved life! My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends! Please enjoy reading our fellow Etobicoke members memories and love for SAKI!
Shawn Downie
Friend
May 31, 2021
Thanks for all your kindness, advice and help through the transition from childhood to a family of my own. I can still picture you and your wife in the Glen Agar Plaza office. The world is a better place thanks to you.
Grant Augustus
Acquaintance
May 31, 2021
We will always remember Ken as a very good bowler and a very gracious person. He was friendly with all the bowlers. We will miss him.

Lily & Hiro Motomura
Friend
May 31, 2021
Dr. Sakamoto became our family doctor in 1965. I was a new mother and relied on him for guidance and care. He saw me through many years of caring for my 4 children, my husband and myself. He was a compassionate and caring doctor who always had time for you no matter how full the waiting room was. And most times it was standing room only. We also got toknow his wife when she took over as secretary after her sons became independent. They made a great team. My condolences and deepest sympathy to his sons.grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dr Sakamoto always had a special place in my heart. Lynda Risavy
Lynda Risavy
Friend
May 30, 2021
Dr. Sakamoto was our family doctor from the time I was a child in the late '50's living on Duncairn Drive in Etobicoke. A very kind and compassionate man. My sincere. condolences to his family.
Marg Welsh
Acquaintance
May 30, 2021
He was our first family doctor and took care of us for a while after we moved from Etobicoke to Mississauga. He was friendly and if you met him he would stop and talk with you and ask how your family was. He appeared to be so serious but there was a sense of humour there. He was a great source for specialist recommendations. His wife and receptionist ,Grace, was charming and so empathetic.
Bruce and Nada Dancy
Acquaintance
May 30, 2021
Ken and Grace were very close friends with my parents as well as our family Dr. May he rest in peace. Laurie Mino ( nee Henderson)
Laurie Mino
Friend
May 30, 2021
Dr Sakamoto was my Doctor from Grade 1 through my teens. Great guy, more than just an MD. Lovely long life . Bill Price
Bill
Friend
May 30, 2021
Our family, consisting of two small children, lived across the road from Glen Agar Plaza and became patients of Dr. Sakamoto in the seventies. Not only was it handy to have our doctor so close, we were very fortunate to have such a kind, compassionate doctor taking such good care of us. (He even made a couple of house calls). We missed him very much when he retired. Our condolences to his family.
Sandra Wilkie
May 30, 2021
A truly wonderful man. Back in 1958 I fell through some ice and developed pneumonia. This was a serious event for a 5-year-old. Dr. Sakamoto made more than one house call to treat me. He was my doctor for the next 20 years and helped me time and time again. I moved to Oakville and found another GP in 1981. I last visited Dr. Sakamoto the week he was retiring. When I walked into the office, he introduced me to all on hand as the little boy with pneumonia. Thirty years later he still remembered that incident. He was a good man and a wonderful doctor. He helped me in so many ways I dare not list what he did for me here. The Sakamoto’s were so lucky to have him in their lives for so many years.
Neil MacLellan
Acquaintance
May 30, 2021
Fond memories of Dr Sakamoto. From his black medical bag for home visits to providing Mom with packages of penicillin so she could Dr us (5 kids) at the cottage where we lived all summer. Rest In Peace Dr Sakomoto. You touched so many lives along the way! Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Wendy Tryhorn
May 30, 2021
Dr Sakamoto was our family doctor while I was growing up in Ontario in the early 70s. I remember him as a kind and gentle man who even for a nervous child made visits to the doctor a pleasant experience. My condolences to the family.
Dianne Holba Hinton
May 30, 2021
Dr Sakamoto was the family doctor of the Mortimer family for many, many years and seemed like a member of the family. We remember him fondly.
Patricia Khan
Friend
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