January 22, 1933 – January 25, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of an amazing husband, father and Papa. Dad passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his entire family.
Dad was born in Lyalta, Alberta and was one of seven children. He graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Building, Construction and Architectural Drafting and worked as an architectural draftsman for the next 10 years. In January 1956, he met Nancy Tamura at a Nisei Club dance. He told her he would phone and so began their 6 decade love story. Mom and Dad married in December 1957, and resided in Calgary until June 1963. The family then moved to Patricia, Alberta, returning to their farming roots. They then returned to Calgary in 1978, where they have resided since.
Throughout his life Dad kept busy. He had a lifelong passion for curling, continuing to play this sport until his eightieth year. He skipped for many teams throughout this time, winning numerous bonspiels. He also loved to fish. Whether it was on the ocean, at a lake, or even on the front lawn, Dad never turned down an opportunity to cast his line.
He was also an avid gardener and would spend countless hours tending to his plants and flowers. Everyone enjoyed the bounty of his garden. When away from his garden he could be spotted taking his dog down to Edworthy Park for their daily walk.
Dad did carpentry work throughout his life. He built barns, additions to houses and so much more. In later years he spent his time creating unique wooden humidors and jewellery boxes for his children, grandchildren and friends.
Dad’s other uncanny talent was his ability to fall asleep anywhere at the drop of a hat. It was almost a daily occurrence for Dad to fall asleep at the dinner table; this was only after he finished eating of course, because he also loved to eat.
Above all Dad was a devoted family man and Mom was his everything. If he walked into a room and he didn’t see her, his first question was “Where’s Mom?” Together they raised a loving and dedicated family who are truly committed to one another. Dad also cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren, attending their sporting events and various activities. He was a patient teacher and enjoyed sharing his interests with them. This is his legacy.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Nancy; his six children Debbie (Howard), Blaine (Sharon), Lenora, Judy (Todd), Barbara (Roy) and Tad (Renee); and thirteen grandchildren Brett, Jarrod, Tristan, Alexander, William, Talia, Jenna, Haylee, Tessa, Dylan, Riley, Payton and Mikayla, all from Calgary. Dad will also be lovingly remembered by his siblings Lido (Echi), Joan (Mas), Lucy, Nancy, June (Bill). He was predeceased by his sister Lily; brothers-in-law Bob, Hiro and Tetsuo; and his son-in-law Bill.
A Celebration of Dad’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish to thank the palliative home care team and staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. You were all so supportive and helped our family enormously during this difficult time.
In living memory of Donald Kondo, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences