It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Richard (Dick) Yoshio Nakamura. Dick is survived by his four children Richard (Lily Jer-Nakamura), Joanne (Mitch Rollins), Janice (Kerry Wadsworth), Lisa (Andrew Sewell); grandchildren Carmen Rollins (William Vigil Oliver), Sarah Rollins (Marc Foucher), Kerice Wadsworth, Elliot and Hideki Sewell; his sisters Toshiko Nagata, Tamiko Hasegawa and many dear nieces and nephews. Dick was predeceased by his wife Anne Nakamura, his parents Yuki and Jukichi Nakamura and his brother Kayo Yamamoto.
Dick was born in Comox, BC and grew up in Surrey where his family farmed strawberries until 1942 when Canadians of Japanese heritage were forcibly removed from the coast. The Nakamura family was moved to southern Alberta, where they laboured on a sugar beet farm.
Dick joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1948 and trained as a photographer. In 1954, Dick married Anne Ayako Maeno in Lethbridge and the following year moved to Regina where they raised their family. In Regina, Dick worked for the Government of Canada's Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) and was a member of the Regina Rifle Regiment. Early retirement to Victoria in 1979 produced exciting opportunities to work for Tourism BC, to be the Protocol Officer for BC Ferries during Expo 86 and to serve the Royal Canadian Navy as a liaison with the Japanese Naval Self Defense Force Training Squadron's Pacific tours.
Family, fishing and service were central to Dick's life. He was a dedicated husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and friend. He was very proud to have served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Navy, militia, and the public services of both Canada and British Columbia. Dick was an active organizer and leader in the broader community and the Japanese Canadian community. He was deeply committed to Victoria's sister city relationship with Morioka, Japan.
Dick believed strongly in the importance of family and of enhancing communities and futures through improved human rights and race relations and through building bridges between Canadian and Japanese people and cultures. The recipient of numerous awards, he was made an Honourary Citizen of the City of Victoria, awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, Japan's Order of the Rising Sun and Morioka's Bridge Over the Pacific Prize. A natural extrovert and optimist, he loved a good meal, people to talk to, a new project to develop or any opportunity to fish.
Many thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at the Lodge at Broadmead, who provided Dick with excellent care.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 28th, 2018 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at the Beach House Restaurant, 5109 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria BC.
In lieu of flowers or koden, please consider supporting the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Victoria-Morioka Friendship Society, the Nikkei National Museum or the Broadmead Care Society.
Published in The Times Colonist from Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, 2018.