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TSUJI – Mitsuo (Mits)

June 3, 1929 – August 10, 2009

Mits Tsuji, beloved husband of Kim Tsuji of Calgary, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2009 at the age of 80 years.

Born in Vancouver, BC, Mits lived most of his life in the cherished community of Raymond, AB. Fifty-eight years in that small town with a huge heart served him throughout his life with a sense of gratitude, humility and quiet strength that would characterize the Mits Tsuji we all knew. We will all miss him profoundly as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, neighbour, 2nd degree black belt judo competitor and instructor, passionate fisherman, advocate for the youth, builder, gardener, worker for various agricultural organizations, dedicated farmer, skilled woodworker, painter / wallpaper hanger, and loyal Raymond Buddhist Church Member. We are grateful for his love and the inspiration he provided to make us all dig deeper and reach higher.

Besides his loving wife Kim, Mits will be deeply missed by his children, Jeffrey (Jackie), Kathryn (Christopher) Millich and Tamara (James) Dalton; and treasured granddaughter Kenzie Dalton. His family, immediate and extended, were his greatest pride and joy. Also left to mourn are siblings Sadie (Ted) Higo, Kin Matsuno, Yukio Tsuji, Ray (Lena) Tsuji, and Midori (Ken) Tanaka. Brothers-in-law, Hideo (Marian), Ron and John (Lois) Fukushima; as well as sisters-in-law, Michie (Hunk) Takaguchi, Jean (Doug) Webster and Judy Fukushima are survivors as well as many nieces and nephews. Mits was predeceased by parents Asakichi and Kimi Tsuji; infant brother Hisao, parents in law Hisako and Torazo Fukushima ; and brothers-in-law, Hisashi Matsuno and Harry Fukushima.

A Memorial tea with will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Monetary (Koden) and floral tributes are gratefully declined. If so desired, please make a memorial donation to a charity of your choice or to the newly build BUDDHIST TEMPLE of SOUTHERN ALBERTA (located in Lethbridge, AB) c/o Robert Takaguchi Treasurer, Box 1249, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0. Special thanks for the compassionate and extraordinary care provided by Dr. M. Soznowski, Dr. J. Syrnyk, Dr. C. Penney, Dr. T. Smith, the McKenzie Towne Care Centre staff and the Raymond and Calgary Home Care staffs.

In living memory of Mits Tsuji, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E., CALGARY, AB T2X 3J3 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Dear Kim:
    I was thinking of you just the other day, following a discussion regarding the absence of females in the administration sector of the Westwind School Division. You were definitely a trail blazer.
    I was sorry to read of the passing of your husband. I have a few memories of him when I was a youth and visited Raymond with my family. He was always very kind. I wish I had words of great wisdom and comfort to give to you at this time. Instead I will tell you that I am thinking of you and your family and pray that you will have the comfort and help that you need.
    JONI WILDE

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  2. Peggie and Ben Hughes :

    Our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers and all our love to you and your families. We love you always and forever Kim.
    Peg and Ben

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  3. Ken & Sharron Moriyama :

    The families of Ken & Sharron Moriyama wish to extend their most sincere sorrow and sympathy in the loss of your beloved Mits, husband, father and grandfather. Mits was a very special person whom we know will be sadly missed. Thinking of you Kim, Jeff, Kathy, Tammy and families. We wish we could be there for all of you only that we are all out of the country. Our deepest condolences.

    Ken & Sharron, Sherri & James (Brody & Keaton), Tobi & Jeff and Lindy & Martin

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  4. Kim –
    Just wanted you and your family to know that we here in Raymond are thinking of you and offer our sympathy and love.
    I have had many phone calls wondering if it was true and if you were going to have a memorial down here.
    They all expressed their love and sympathy for you and your family.
    I am sure that there is many wonderful memories you may have and do I. He was a great guy and so very thoughful to me.
    Take care and know that you are in our thought and prayers, Janice

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  5. Candace Clendenning :

    Dear Kim,

    We were sorry to hear of Mits’ recent passing. He will surely be missed by you, your family and anyone who met him. How well I remember our friendly rivalry during hockey season. Mits was such a gentle gentleman. You have been an extremely loyal wife and companion all through the years. May your cherished memories, loving family and concerned friends help you cope during this difficult time.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Candace and Marlene

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  6. Susumu (Skook) Karaki :

    To the family of Mits Tsuji:

    We learned with great sadness that Mits had passed away last Monday. Mits and I (Skook) were classmates at RHS many years ago and I shall always remember him as a kind and soft-spoken man. Please accept our deepest condolences – with Gassho. Skook and Fumi

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  7. John and Barbara Waddell :

    Kim:
    So sorry to hear of your recent loss.
    I am sure Mits will be sadly missed by both yourself and the whole family.
    Our sincere condolences

    John and Barbara Waddell

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