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TERAKITA, Mitsuyuki (Mits)

April 13, 1928 – Fanny Bay, British Columbia
April 5, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Mitsuyuki (Mits) Terakita of Calgary, Alberta, husband of Hideko (Heidi) Terakita, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Mits was born on April 13, 1928 in Fanny Bay, BC to Itoe and Masao Terakita. He moved to Alberta in 1946 with his family to work on the Sugar Beet Farms. He would eventually join Terakita Floors with his two brothers, Kaz and Yosh, which they ran together until he retired in 1988. Mits was a loving husband to his wife, Heidi; father to 6 children, Christine (John) Woychyshyn, Bonnie (Stuart) Brinker, Kayla (Geoff) Prowse, Candy (Garth) Tedford, Jill (Greg) Jones, and Tim (Sandy) Terakita; grandfather and great-grandfather to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers, Yoshiyuki (Jeannine), Bill (June); and sister, Momoyo (Larry); and two sisters-in-law, Tamiko Terakita and Shirley Terakita; and brother-in-law, Jim Tateishi. He is predeceased by his brothers, Masayuki, Kazayuki, Masaji; and sister, Hiroko; and sister-in-law, Tayeko. Mits enjoyed going to Las Vegas and loved to fish, but the times he enjoyed the most were the hours he spent with family. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. He will be remembered by the love and strength he leaves behind in his family.

Mits was a loving husband to his wife Heidi, father to six children Christine (John) Woychyshyn, Bonnie (Stuart) Brinker, Kayla (Geoff) Prowse, Candy (Garth) Tedford, Jill (Greg) Jones, and Tim (Sandy) Terakita, grandfather and great-grandfather to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers Yosh (Yoko) Terakita and Bill (June) Terakita and his sister Kay (Larry) Ikeda. He was predeceased by his brothers Masayuki, Kazayuki, Masaji and sister Hiroko.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Mits Terakita, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Al & Yun Yun Macedo :

    Dear Kayla,

    Al and I are truly saddened to hear of your recent loss and would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family on the recent passing of your Dad. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this most difficult of times.

    Even though we did not know your Dad personally, through meeting you and your family, we can see that you were raised in a loving and warm family. Your personal demeanor and the values you have we know came from the family in which you were raised. We can only imagine how much of an impact your Dad has had on how compassionate and caring a person you are.

    From meeting you and your family and hearing the stories about your Dad. We can only imagine how great a man he was . It is obvious that you were very fortunate to have such a fine man as your Dad.

    With Our Sincere Sympathy,

    Al and Yun Yun Macedo

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  2. Sherrie and Dwight Salahub :

    Kayla, Geoff’ and Family

    Dwight and I would like to offer our most sincerest of condolences to you and all of your family, on the passing of your Dad. I felt so privileged to have met your Dad and feel that sense of family.
    You are such a true representation of the wonderful loving family your Dad and Mom raised. You will have such wonderful values and stories of family to pass on to your grandchildren.

    With Love to prayers,
    Dwight and Sherrie

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  3. Chris and family
    The world was a better place because of your dad .. your family is such an example of love, forgiveness, and hard work…He lives on in all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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  4. I’m very sorry for your loss. He has left such a legacy in all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May each of you carry his love with you xx

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  5. Sueann & Paul Williams :

    To all members of the Terakita Family. We have known you for many years through baton. It is always a shock when a family member dies. Remember all the wonderful times and joys you have with your Father. He always had a smile!!

    Thanking of everyone
    Paul & Sueann Williams

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  6. Fred and Lauri Johnson :

    So sorry for your loss Jill and Greg and families. Mits was a pretty cool guy.

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  7. Linda MacDonald :

    Janna: You are so lucky to have had your grandfather in your life – and to have been able to appreciate all he had to give to you … My condolences to you and your family …

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  8. Jo-Anne & Takashi Ogawa :

    Chris, Heidi, all the girls and Tim and your families:
    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I have very warm and loving memories of him and your mom and am sending my love and thoughts and hugs to all of you.
    ❤️❤️❤️

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  9. Daniel & Magaly Aparicio :

    True that they are difficult moments to overcome, the death of people who have meant a lot in our lives, but their example, their teaching and their voice remain as an echo that never left.
    I encourage you and your family.
    Our hearts are with you.
    Daniel and Magaly

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  10. Inga McLean :

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family’s. He will be sadly missed
    Love
    Inga & Courtney McLean

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  11. Hunk & Mich Takaguchi :

    To the Terakita family: Sorry to hear about Mits. I loved the guy. He was a great friend. Our condolence to Heidi and the family.

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  12. Phyllis Terakita :

    Auntie Heidi, Chris, Bon, Kayla, Candy, Jill & Tim:
    I was so sorry to hear that Uncle Mitsy (aka Ever Ready Bunny) passed. I think of those days when we were small and Dad & Uncle Mitsy used to take us fishing to Police Lake. I remember Uncle Mitsy piggy-backing us (Chris, Bon, Jo & me) over the water and pretending to almost drop us head first into the lake – Bonnie and I would scream a deafening scream and he would just smile / smerk. As bachan and O-baasan used to say – Uncle Mitsy was always so mischievious.
    I am sorry for your loss and the loss of my Dad’s brother. I have such fond memories of Uncle Mitsy and will always treasure the days spent with him. We will all remember him fondly and miss him dearly.
    Love
    Kiyo

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  13. Sorry to hear about Mits.
    I’ve known him my entire life but we probably only spoke a few words at most
    However I know where he is is a good and happy place

    RIP

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  14. Clayton Clarke :

    Sorry for your loss Candy & Garth. Time will ease the pain but never erase the memories.

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  15. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

    Beth Swain

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  16. Jill and Greg, I’m sorry for your loss. I briefly met your Dad once and although we didn’t converse much I did see the twinkle in his eyes and found him to be charming. I remember you telling me how tenacious he was and the great love and devotion he and your Mom had to each other. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Hugs… Sharon

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  17. Lisa Terakita-Poland :

    To Auntie Heidi and family,
    My deepest condolences to everyone. I am thinking of you here in Ontario and I am so sorry I was not able to come home for the funeral…Uncle Mitsy was a special man and I am sure he will be dearly missed!!! Hope to see you all at Christmas next year.
    Love,
    Lisa, Danny, Kyle, Kane and Mya Poland

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