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ICHINO, Momotaro (Matt)

August 31, 1913 – September 3, 2012

We sadly announce the death of our father and grandfather. Momotaro (Matt) Ichino passed away on Monday, September 3rd, shortly after his 99th birthday.

He was born in Steveston, B.C. on August 31, 1913 where he spent his early years. Matt spent most of his adult life in Lethbridge where his passion for cars led him to a career as a mechanic. He later operated a convenience store near Henderson Lake where he loved to visit with customers. He took great joy in his weekly swimming sessions at Southland Leisure Center and breakfast at McDonalds with family.

Matt was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Shizue (Susan) Ichino, sons Allen and Brian, sisters and brother. He is survived by his brother Kuni Ichino, daughter Sheila Ichino, son Donald Ichino, grandsons Matt and Kenji McEwen, numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews. We will miss his gentle, quirky wisdom and humor.

A private family service will be held in Lethbridge at a later date.
Condolences may be forwarded through Thank you to the staff at Shawnessy Lodge and Bethany Care; Matt always appreciated your kindness and care.

In living memory of Matt Ichino a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Linda and Jim Zook :

    Dear Sheila, Don, and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Linda and Jim

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  2. Shirley (House) Swanson :

    Sheila and Donald,
    I am so sorry to here of your dad’s passing. I have very fond memories of your family and mine being neighbors for so many years in Lethbridge. I always respected your dad for his gentle and friendly spirit. He was always so kind to Jim and I when we were young. And, I loved your mom. She was very helpful and kind to my mom when she was ill. Our moms were more than neighbors, they were very good friends. Your mom enabled me to get my first job (as a teenager) at Woolworth’s. I always appreciated hearing from your folks at Christmas either by mail or phone, of coarse, the phone calls were extra special. We visited with them several times in Calgary, once taking my dad (Cliff) and step-mother (Carol) with us when they were visiting from Niagara Falls. I have pictures of those times.
    Your folks were very proud of you both and especially proud of their grandsons who they spoke of often.
    I trust your cherished family memories will comfort you both at this time.
    Thanks for the cherished memories I have of your family.
    Shirley (House) and Don Swanson

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  3. Dear Sheila, Don & families: Sorry to hear about the loss of your [grand]father…what a joy to have shared his life till age 99!! Thoughts are with you as you deal with his loss, Rochelle

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