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NAKAMURA, Masato (Mas)

May 18, 1923 – Woodfibre, British Columbia
April 16, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Mas passed away peacefully, on April 16, 2019 with his wife Joan at his side.

The oldest of seven children, Mas was born in Woodfibre, BC, spent his early years in Haney, BC, and was in the interior of BC during the war, helping build the Hope-Princeton Highway. After the war, his family moved to Rosemary, AB where they had a potato farm. Mas married Joan in Calgary in 1954. He decided he wanted to be a restauranteur, and together with his wife Joan, ran three successful restaurants and a beloved KFC take-out, catered many of the social events in Brooks, and provided nourishing meals to students at the Brooks Composite High School and Medicine Hat Community College Brooks branch after he retired from owning the take-out. Mas enjoyed travelling, whether it was road trips, or flying to another continent; whether it was just Joan and him, or going with friends. He was a member of the Brooks Masonic Lodge, the Brooks Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and the Southern Alberta Al-Azhar Shriners. He was also a former member of the Canadian Restaurant Association, the Brooks Lions Club and Brooks Kinsmen. Mas leaves behind a legacy of love, generosity, grace and laughter.

He is survived by his wife Joan, his daughter Becky, his grandchildren, James and Sakura (Tobias); his sisters, Marie Ono, Nora (Karl) Bremmerman, and Joyce (Roy) Yokoyama; his brother Dennis (Gloria); brother-in-law Lido Kondo; sisters-in-law, Nancy Takeda, Nancy Kondo, Lucy Nakashima and June (Bill) Terakita, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Mas was predeceased by his brothers, Henry and Shig Nakamura.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (5008 Elbow Drive SW) on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at MCINNIS & HOLLOWAY (5008 Elbow Drive SW) on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made at the charity of their choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com

In living memory of Mas Nakamura, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. My sincere condolences. I was a fellow mason in Brooks with Mas and really enjoyed his company when he was an active mason. Fair well my brother.

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  2. We will miss you Uncle Mas! You will always be remembered! Love to you all xo Lisa, Trevor, Cooper and Tyson

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  3. Chris & Lori Yokoyama-Red Gun

    Sending our Deepest heartfelt condolences to Auntie Joan, Becky, Tobias & James.
    Sending our prayers love always,
    Chris, Lori the boys and Our Grand daughters Chloe & Baby Brae.

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  4. Lana, Lee and Addy Noble

    Auntie Joan, Becky and kids, sorry to hear of Uncle Mas passing. He will be greatly missed.

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  5. I so well recall Mas in the restaurant business in Brooks, and later I was priviliged to know him as a pleasant man with always a smile, as a member of our Brooks Masonic Lodge. Please accept our condolences and know our thoughts are with you.
    Farewell my brother.
    Vern & Alana Alvis

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  6. Auntie Joan, Becky, James and Tobias, our sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Mas. He will be greatly missed, not only as the matriarch of the Nakamura family but as the wonderfully, warm and caring man that he was. Vivian, Terry, Amy, Cory, Brayden (and on behalf of his sister, Marie Ono)

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  7. Joan, Becky & family, the Nakamura & Kondo families; our sincere condolences & prayers on your great loss. Thinking of you all. Clara & family

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  8. Merle Ann Howard

    Sending you, Joan, Becky and family, our sincerest sympathy. Mas was a kind, and gentle man, always a pleasure to be with in Eastern Star and a patient first boss when I was a 15 year old. Thinking of you all. Merle Ann and Ron Howard

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  9. special condolences to Joan and family on your loss, a great gentle man and a loss to our eastern star , John and Gladys Parkinson

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  10. Harumi & Mich Takaguchi

    Our condolences to Joan, Becky and family. We lost a good friend.

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  11. Dear Becky, I’m so sad to hear of your father’d passing. He was a kind and generous man who was well known to the youth of Brooks while I was in school there. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

    Michael Pelchat

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  12. I was sad to read in our local Strathmore Passing of Mas
    I served him lunch frequently at the roadhouse restaurant
    Always a smile and never a dull moment with him

    I’m so sorry for your loss
    Your family will be in our prayers

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