Masami Tsuruoka

  • "I just discovered this sad news, years late. Masami..."
    - Istvan Kolnhofer
  • "So many fond memories from tournaments and workshops. One..."
    - Bruce Currie
  • "David my dear friend I just found this page and would like..."
    - Thomas Fleming
  • "O'Sensei was a lifelong inspiration from the few years I..."
    - Mike Restivo
  • "My condolences to the Tsuruoka family for there loss. I..."
    - Clark Irving


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Masami Tsuruoka, O'Sensei, on October 10, 2014 at the age of 85. He leaves behind his loving wife Kay of 65 years, sons David (Cathy) and Kazumi, grandchildren Lucas, Christopher and Stephanie. Predeceased by his sister Hideko and brother Masaaki. Survived by his sister Ayame. Masami lived his life with dedication, loyalty, and passion which impacted the lives of so many. Loved and respected by many families, friends and martial arts students worldwide. He will be remembered in the hearts of many and for the legacy he leaves behind. He will be memorialized as the Father of Canadian Karate-Do. Many have benefited so much from this great man and we will treasure many memories created by and shared with O'Sensei. He will be missed and we mourn his passing very deeply. Masami Tsuruoka Foundation is being formed and donations can be made through the Tsuruoka Karate Organization. A private funeral will be held by the family. A memorial will be held at a later date in Celebration of O'Sensei's life. Arrangements entrusted to Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 416-231-2283.


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Turner & Porter Funeral Directors - Butler Chapel
4933 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B6
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Published in the Toronto Star on Oct. 14, 2014