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SHIMBASHI, Henry “Hank”

1933 – Welling, AB
2014 – Calgary, AB

Henry “Hank” Shimbashi, our beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully on February 6, 2014 at the age of 80 years.

Henry was born on April 5, 1933 in Welling, Alberta. He is survived by his children, Michael (Jenny), Michaelle, Rhobin (Andre), Sandra (Gord), and Blair (Elizabeth); his grandchildren, Scott, Todd, Emily, Lauren, Cory, Joshua, and Connor; his sisters, May Takahashi and Kathleen Murakami; his brothers, William (Micheline) Shimbashi and Patrick (Dianne)Shimbashi; sisters in law, Kay Shimbashi (Albert) and Margaret Shimbashi (Edward).

He was predeceased by his wife, Sunao; his son, Malcolm; his parents, Zenkichi (James) and Teru Shimbashi; his brothers, Edward, Albert, George, Yeikichi; his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Norman Ikebuchi; and brother-in-law, Joe Takahashi.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.); on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Hank’s memory may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca.

In living memory of Hank Shimbashi, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Paula Maciborsky :

    Deepest sympathy to all the Shimbashi families. May your precious memories keep your Dad near and dear to your heart. It was an honor to have known him for so many years. I will treasure my years with him and be forever grateful for all the things he did for us when we were younger growing up in the community of Drayton Valley. He did so much for our town!! Treasure all the precious memories and the legacy Dr. Hank left behind. He will be missed by so many that he crossed Roads of Life with. RIP Dr. Hank and you are now and forever with family and friends who had gone before you.

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  2. Sheryl and Joe Moses :

    Blair, Liz, Josh and Connor,

    Our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. We are praying for all of you and thinking about you.

    Joe, Sheryl, Nathan, Kyle and Ryan

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  3. Corina Kelepouris :

    I am very sad to hear of Hank’s passing. I first met him when I was a young golfer and I always looked up to, and respected him a great deal. I saw him as a very wise, kind and generous man. My condolences to his family. My thoughts are with everyone.

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  4. My most sincere condolences to you and your family Michaelle. Jim Wheatley always spoke glowingly about your dad. He will be missed.

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  5. Dean & Susan Gray :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your father was such a gentleman. We remember him fondly.
    X0 Dean and Susan

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  6. Doug (Moon) White :

    To the Shimbashi Family,
    I want to pass on my deepest sympathy to all the family in the loss
    of one of the truly nice people of the world. He will be deeply missed by all the many friends that Hank made over the years. They were too many to even hope to know. He touched all that came to know him with his kindness,loyalty,generosity, and just being such a nice person. I have so many remembrances of all the wonderful hours spent in his company. The laughs and fun we all had golfing and just
    enjoying each others company. I know you all will miss him dearly but know that he is now with his loved one’s that passed before him.
    I will miss him as he was a true friend. Think of all the wonderful memories I am sure you all have of him and remember him lovingly.
    Dr. Hank I hope you are in a better place. Your dear friend Moon.

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  7. Gail Charlebois :

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Maurice Burrell, Gail, Claude & Justin Charlebois

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  8. Arlene swendseid :

    Sincere condolences from the Swendseid family to your family. Hank was such a gentle, kind and community minded person. Our parents adored your Mom and Dad and I know the 4 of them are having a great chin-wag! Apologies for not being able to make it to his life celebration but we will all be thinking of you and remembering your dad.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May all of the wonderful memories you have, help to heal your hearts.

    Love and Prayers.

    Denise Kissel

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  10. Mark/Charlene Wojcicki :

    Our deepest condolences.

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  11. Dear Michaelle & Emily:
    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Love Karen, Bob, Braede & Gavin

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  12. Joanne Schultz :

    Michael, Michaelle, Robin, Sandra, Blair and Families; we are so very sorry for your loss. Your dad (and mom) were such a big part of our parents lives; they shared many laughs together over their years in D.V. Hank (and Sunao) will always be fondly remembered by our family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. Joanne, Arlene, Dwayne, Glen, and Garry

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  13. Grant and Joan Fairley :

    Hank did so much for so many people, many of whom were most certainly huge beneficiaries of his professional genius. He will be missed tremendously and always remembered.

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  14. Diane Poloway Hutchinson :

    Michaelle, Emily & Shimbashi Family,
    My heart is with you during this sad time. Your Dad will be greatly missed and his memory will be cherished by all who loved him. I read this quote after my Dad passed away – “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
    Lots of love, Diane.

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  15. Aiko and Mike Murakami :

    Dear Michaelle, Michael, Sandy, Blair, Rhobin and the Shimbashi family.

    It was with great sadness that my Mother and I learned about the untimely passing of your Father. Though from modest pioneering beginnings, what he accomplished was truly impressive, and his impact on his family, his community and his profession was profound. His passion and humanity will indeed live on in all he touched. Please know our thoughts are with you at this time and always.

    With our affection and sympathy, Aiko and Mike Murakami

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  16. Cheryl Shigehiro :

    Uncle Henry will be sadly be missed! I loved him dearly! I just spoke with my dentist Dr. Tally Abougoush and I only heard how wonderful he was and how he was loved by many! I remember spending many Christmas’ with the Shimbashi Clan and I had wonderful memories of Uncle Henry and Auntie Sunao, Michaelle, Michael, Sandy, Blair, and Rhobin. May God Bless all my Aunts and Uncles as well as all my cousins who have lost their father, brother and uncle as well as their grandpa at this time! May the Lord comfort you and give you peace at this time! Love in Christ, Cheryl Shigehiro

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  17. To all Hanks family
    So very sorry for your loss. Hank was one of the good guys. I curled and golfed with him and we were both in the dental profession. He was a dedicated dental professional and helped a lot of people with his expertise. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  18. Irene & Mark Donohue :

    Sandi, Gord and family,
    Once again, our heartfelt condolences to all your family. May you find comfort and strength with each other at this sad time. Heaven is blessed with yet another angel being home.
    Love, Mark & Irene

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  19. To The Family
    It is with great sadness I post this message. Hank was a great man and friend for many years starting in Drayton Valley in 1967. Many fond memories of golfing and curling with Hank and having many fun times. Hank lived life fully and and was a great family man.
    I feel honored to have had a friend like Hank. I also babysat the older children a few times when they were small. May God give you all comfort during this difficult time.
    Doug Goebel

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  20. Rod & Maureen Adachi :

    To the Shimbashi family,

    Sincere condolences for your loss. We will miss Hank’s smiling face and friendly manner. He left us with many treasured memories of gatherings in Drayton Valley, Edmonton and Southern Alberta. It was an honour to know him. Our thoughts are with you.

    Rod, Maureen, Kea & Kendra Adachi

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  21. Alan and Sherrie Sugiyama :

    Many fond memories curling against Hank. I remember his big smile winning or losing, my condolences to your family.
    Michaelle, Sandi(Gord), Mike, Robin(Andre), Blair, Ala,n Sherrie, Donovan, Kristen, Shelby Sugiyama

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  22. Darryl Trueman :

    Although I’ve not seen Hank in a great many years the news of his passing brings back some of my best memories, curling in the City ‘speil, flying lessons, rebuilding the curling rink. When travelling with him, his wisdom and great personality always insured that there would be a crowd. He was an excellent dentist and a true sportsman. My deepest sympathy to his entire family.
    Darryl Trueman

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  23. Cameron Selin and Family :

    Michael, Michaelle, Robin, Sandra and Blair
    Your father was one of the most respected people in my life. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Your father contributed so much to the community and neighbours and was a great provider to your family and greater circle of friends. I remember as a kid what he did for the town of DV, making it possible for us to play hockey in an enclosed arena and remarkably keep our teeth intact. As a young hockey player in minor hockey week, Hank asked me to say grace for the hockey banquet and awards night, who could refuse. A moment to remember for the rest of my life. May his spirit live on and we shall cherish all the great memories for having known him.
    Best Regards, Cam

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  24. Margaret (Anderson) Baker :

    Dear Michaelle:
    I was so sorry and sad to hear of the passing of your father. He was so kind and such a gentle man. I’m glad Nat referred me, as I then got to know both of you. My prayers are with you.
    Sincerely, Marg

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  25. Dear Michaelle & Emily
    Deepest condolences on the loss of your father. Wishing you comfort and peace at this time of sorrow
    – Daneesh

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  26. Treve and Anne Piper :

    To the Shimbashi Families
    We have fond remembrances of Hank and Sunao while living in Drayton Valley and although we lost touch over the years, we`ll never forget all the fun and happy times we shared with them.
    Our sincere sympathy and prayers, Treve and Anne Piper

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  27. Cliff and Joan Erickson :

    Thinking of the Shimbashi Family at this time. Your Mom and Dad were a very important part of the Drayton Valley Community.

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  28. Karen and Marty Kaga :

    Dear Michael, Michaelle, Sandy, Rhobin and Blair. We were so sorry to learn that your dad had passed away. He was such a good friend to so many. We have great memories of curling with him, and of course with most of you at various times in a younger day. We hope your memories of him help to sustain you and your families at this time.

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  29. I’ll always remember Hank with a smile on his face. Not sure who enjoyed his jokes more; him telling them or his audience receiving them! He was (and remains) an inspiration to us all.

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  30. Eileen Tyndall :

    Dear Shimbashi Family –

    To have had the pleasure and privilege of being a part of his staff in Drayton Valley will always hold a special place in my heart. He truly gave the definition of ‘gentle’ in gentleman.
    Always so respectful but amazingly full of life made working with him one of my greatest memories.

    My sincere sympathies!

    Eileen Tyndall

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  31. To the Shimbashi family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the sad occasion of Hank’s passing. He was a wonderful man who had a positive impact on everyone he dealt with – family, friends, colleagues, patients, community. He will be sorely missed, but leaves behind a wonderful legacy and example of how to approach life for the rest of us to follow.

    Elaine Horne and family (Drayton Valley)

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  32. Hello. I stumbled across the news of your recent loss of your father Henry. I wanted to send my condolences and thoughts. I still have the bridge on my front teeth that he made for me all thoughs years ago at his office in Drayton Valley when Michelle and I first first met. Will always have memory’s of him and of that time. Rest in Peace.

    Jeff Rooke

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  33. Judy Powers :

    If there is a “Dental Hall Of Fame” in Heaven, Dr. Shimbashi will most certainly be honored with the best of them. An innovator, a humanitarian and a true maverick, he pushed the boundaries of dentistry with his contributions to the neuromuscular movement. By some great twist of fate I met him in 1990 when I was in a great deal of pain and he managed my problem for many years. I am forever indebted to him!

    Judy Powers

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