Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima Passed away on Thursday morning December 29, 2005 at the age of 87. Preceded in death by her husband Tom. Loving sister to the late Nobuko, Lillian, Masao, and Hisao. Sox is survived by her son Alan (Sylvia), grandson Aaron, and her brother James (Boe). Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was totally devoted to the San Francisco Japantown community. A community leader on many issues. She became synonymous with the redress and reparations campaign for Japanese Americans wrongfully incarcerated during World War II. She loved volunteering her time to Kimochi Inc., a community based organization which provides services for the Japanese American elderly. Sox spent so many mornings working in the kitchen helping prepare lunches for the elderly. Sox will be missed by all she touched. She was "one of a kind." She lived a full and wonderful life. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 4:30 P.M. at the JCCCNC (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California), 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 1 to Jan. 5, 2006.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
My wife and I send our condolences to the family of Sox Kitashima. I had the good fortune to meet Sox through an oral history program we developed at the school where I taught. Sox was a phenomenal resource and provided the students and teachers of Foothill High School in Pleasanton with moving first-hand accounts of her own life experiences. She also introduced me to other helpful people and resource books, adding to my own knowledge and understanding. She was generous in sharing her time with others and her exceptional spirit will be remembered for generations to come.
January 8, 2006
For all the great things Mrs. K has done for the community, the country, an entire race, to me, she will always be "Al's Mom", my Pack 58 cub scout den mother, and the person who made sure the Jigoku's/Wong's Bait Shop/Angel's softball teams never went hungry! Great memories I will keep forever; my condolences to Al, Sylvia and Aaron.
January 7, 2006
Sox was unique -- one of a kind. She was an ardent advocate for the civil rights of all Americans. Her dedication to seeking redress and reparations for her fellow Japanese Americans was unprecedented and her willingness to help applicants, as if their cases were her own, was unmatched.
As the Former Administrator for the Justice Department's Office of Redress Administration (ORA), I would like to give my sincere condolences in the passing of Sox. Sox let nothing stand in her way and was tireless in her pursuits for the good of all people. We will forever appreciate the work that Sox did on behalf of redress claimants, as well as the assistance she lent to the ORA.
January 5, 2006
As the Deputy Administrator for the Redress program, I had the honor of working with Sox on a daily basis. I will never forget Sox, her words of wisdom still lives with me today. She helped thousands of redress recipients around the country. Her energy and dedication to public service is an example for all to follow. She will truly be missed.
January 4, 2006
A deep sense of loss of the being of Sox.
A deep sense of wonder about all she did and was.
A deep sense of appreciation for the gift of knowing her.
Senko lit from love in her memory,
In her honor.
I love you and miss you, Sox.
Diane Yen-Mei Wong
January 3, 2006
Please accept my condolences at the passing of Sox. Yesterday I received an inquiry from an eighth grader wanting to know what information the Topaz Museum had about Sox, so I began looking in our files. I am pleased that her legacy is of interest to students. Her determination and strength will survive her.
January 3, 2006
Will miss her great spirit for little person, she was a giant of person, the community will miss her very much and she will never be forgotten, with gotsho..........