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"YAM" 2006 Obituary


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YAMADA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-29 published
SUGAWARA, Toyoko
Passed away peacefully on September 27, 2006 at Leisureworld Scarborough at the age of 86. Beloved wife of Toshi. Loving mother of Riki "Yuriko" YAMADA and David SUGAWARA. Cherished grandmother of Samantha, Erik and Alexandra. The family will receive Friends for a memorial visitation at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), on Sunday, October 1st from 3-4 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leisureworld Scarborough Resident's Activities, 130 Midland Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M1N 4B2

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YAMAMOTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
ISHII, Kanaye Bessie (née MIYAKE)
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2006, at the Trillium Health Centre, Toronto, at the age of 81. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Masao, she will be sadly missed and always remembered by her devoted sons, Mark (Debbie), Steven (Cathy), and Brian, and her cherished grandchildren, Jenna, Matthew, and Jason. Loving sister to Bunrey (Huguette) MIYAKE, Miori (late Yoshio) MAYEDA, Harumi (Tomotsu) YAMAMOTO, and Chiharu MIYAKE sister-in-law to Masao's brothers and sisters; and aunt and great-aunt to many nephews and nieces. Bessie will be fondly remembered for her gentle, selfless nature and her beautiful smile. Her many Friends in Montreal and Toronto will greatly miss her kindness and thoughtfulness. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 20, from 7: 00-9:00 p.m., and the funeral service on Saturday, January 21, at 10: 00 a.m., both at the Toronto Buddhist Church, 1011 Sheppard Ave. (east of Allen Road), 416-534-4302. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Toronto Buddhist Church.

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YAMAMOTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-07 published
YAMAMOTO NEGORO, Mieko (née TAMURA)
(November 8th, 1915-April 1st, 2006)
Mieko YAMAMOTO NEGORO passed away after a lengthy illness at Mount Sinai Hospital on April 1st, 2006. "Mimi" was the beloved wife of the late Toshio YAMAMOTO, Sr. and the late Ichiei NEGORO, loving mother to Toshio and the late Patricia YAMAMOTO, Glenn and Mary Lou YAMAMOTO, and Naomi TSUMURA, dear grandmother of Jennifer YAMAMOTO, Wendy and Terry CHAPMAN, Robert and Kara YAMAMOTO, Sean and Amanda YAMAMOTO, Leanne YAMAMOTO, and Lori TSUMURA, cherished great-grandmother of Noah and Kyla CHAPMAN, Jon GALE and Dawn GALE, cherished aunt of Lois TANI, Mark and Linda NAKAMURA and family, Roy and Kelly TAMURA, and Sachi TAMURA. She is also survived by her sisters: Kiyoshi SATO, Eiko AIDA, June OKURA, Yachi KOBAYASHI, Hiro AOKI, Chiyo MITOBE and their families. Friends and family may call at the Cardinal Funeral Home "Earle Elliott" Chapel, 715 Dovercourt Road (Ossington Subway - Delaware Exit) on Saturday, April 8, 2006 from 11-12 p.m. A complete Funeral Service will begin at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family. "Love is a circle that doth restless move in the same sweet eternity of love." Robert Herrick 1591-1674

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YAMAMOTO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-10 published
Dollmaker, renaissance artist
Known for brilliant Japanese Mataro dolls
Accomplished calligrapher, kimono designer
By Tim LAI, Staff Reporter
The death of a renowned self-taught dollmaker has created a large hole in Toronto's Japanese artistic community.
Miyoko OGURA was well known in the Japanese community for her artistic brilliance in the creation of Mataro dolls -- figures based on the daily life and folk tales of the Heian dynasty (784-1191), a period noted for its peace and cultural blossoming. She died September 29 at the age of 74.
Born in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima, OGURA was the only certified Mataro teacher in Toronto. Instructors must send in dolls for examination in order to be licensed by the Mataro Doll Craft Academy in Tokyo.
Other teachers outside Japan operate in New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Paris and Hong Kong.
Mataro dolls are a type of Kimekomi Ningyou -- wooden dolls dressed in kimonos and other Japanese garb.
They preserve the tradition of hand-carved wooden dolls developed on the riverbanks of Kyoto more than 250 years ago.
The founder of the academy, Mataro KANABAYASHI, discovered a new way to manufacture these types of dolls by mixing Paulownia sawdust with glue.
OGURA was a special teacher who was able to see all the careful details on a doll, according to a long-time student.
"There's always a point on a doll that's very difficult and that's where she would come in and help you," said Carol DOI, 62, a 17-year student of OGURA. "It takes you back into the past of Japan."
Even with her years of experience, DOI said she wouldn't be able to teach future students the way OGURA did.
Hiroko PIGGOTT, 51, a newer student, said OGURA was patient and affectionate, but challenging.
PIGGOTT joined her classes a year ago, after she saw the Mataro dolls and wanted to buy some for her children.
OGURA told PIGGOTT it would be more meaningful if she took the time to learn and make the dolls herself.
Dolls, which must be bought in kits from Japan that cost up to $1,000, can take nearly 50 hours to complete.
"She did meticulous work," PIGGOTT said.
OGURA, who immigrated to Toronto in 1959, had been teaching the Mataro art form for more than 30 years.
For the past 23 years, she'd been living alone -- she had no children -- following the death of her husband, Hisao OGURA, but her love for people brought her to many community events.
She was a helpful volunteer at the Seicho-No-Le Church, especially when it came to preparing food.
Often during classes and events at the church, OGURA would tantalize the taste buds of others with her sweet Japanese delicacies.
Red bean cakes were the favourite of 80-year-old Kay YAMAMOTO, a long-time friend and fellow practitioner at the church.
YAMAMOTO said her friend was a renaissance woman when it came to revealing Japanese art.
In addition to creating Mataro dolls, OGURA practised Odori -- traditional Japanese dancing -- was an accomplished calligrapher and designed elegant kimonos from scratch.
"She's one of these people that doesn't walk up stairs, she runs," said DOI.
In her 70s, OGURA still went to her Tai-Chi classes nearly every morning.
OGURA had hundreds of dolls in her home, many of them stored in boxes, and DOI doesn't know what will happen to the collection.
In 2004, OGURA donated sets of court and Samurai dolls to the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Scarborough.
She also provided a set to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre after a big showing of her dolls at the centre in September.
"Her displays were always special because they were shows you don't see much," said Jim URA, cultural programs co-ordinator for the cultural centre.
"She wasn't there to become famous. She just enjoyed the fact that people came and looked," added DOI.
OGURA was set to travel back to Japan at the end of the month to help celebrate her mother's 100th birthday.
A memorial service will be held today at the Seicho-No-Le Church at 622 Victoria Park Ave. at 3 p.m.

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YAMMINE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-02-12 published
PATULLO, Michele
Peacefully at the Humber River Regional Hospital - Church Site on Friday, February 10, 2006. Michele PATULLO, dearly beloved husband to Filomena. Loving father to Vincenzina (Antonio D'EGIDIO) and Assunta (Antonio PORTO) of Italy. Cherished grandfather to Amodio D'EGIDIO, Anna (Tony YAMMINE) and loved great-grandfather to Michael YAMMINE and Giselle YAMMINE. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family in Canada and Italy. Friends and family will be received at the Demarco Funeral Home "Keele Chapel" 3725 Keele St. (between Sheppard and Finch) (416) 636-7027 on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church (1789 Lawrence Ave. W) at 9 a.m. Entombment to follow at Beechwood Mausoleum.

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