After a long life well-lived, Wayne passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Royal Inland Hospital with his wife Bonnie, daughter Debbie and granddaughter Emily by his side.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Bonnie, daughter Debbie (Greg) and his
granddaughters Emily & Maya.

Wayne is also survived by his Brother Mike (Hisako), Brother-in laws George (Bernice), Satoshi, Stan, Sister-in-laws Shirley (Dave), Donna (Tosh), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his mother and father, Hisae & Iwataro, and by his sister Tokuko (Akira) and Brothers Satoru (Missy), and Massey. Nephews and Niece Vernon, Lance, Rhys and Naomi.

Born in Nanaimo, Dad, was just a young boy when his family was interned to Greenwood, BC during the war. He later made Kamloops his home.

Wayne worked in the automotive industry for many years as a Partsman and later became the head Ice maker at the Kamloops Curling Club where he worked for 20 years until his retirement. One of his biggest highlights is when Kamloops hosted the 1998 World Curling Championships and the 1996 Labatt Brier.

Dad was a talented craftsman having built some of his own custom fly-fishing rods and even a couple of boats. He was a true fly fisherman and never missed a chance to poke fun at his trolling buddies.

Some of Dad’s favourite places to be were out on the ocean fishing, or fly fishing at one of his favourite lakes. He also enjoyed curling, golfing and took great pride in maintaining the greenest healthiest lawn in the neighbourhood. He will be remembered for his 34 plus years of dedication to spearheading and organizing the Annual KJCA Fishing Derby. He especially loved seeing the kids catch a fish and be able to pick out a great derby prize.


Thank you for always encouraging Maya and I to do our best in school. You were the Fun grandpa that always knew how to make us laugh. You taught Maya and I how to fish and we always looked forward to the annual Japanese Fishing Derby. We always knew how proud you were of both of us and will miss you more than you will ever know.

Friends and Family are invited to reminisce, laugh and remember with us on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM at The Japanese Cultural Centre, 160 Vernon Ave, Kamloops, BC.
In lieu of flowers or Koden, donations can be made to the KJCA or Royal Inland Hospital if desired.

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5 Tributes

  1. Earl Seitz
    Posted June 19, 2023 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Deeply saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing. Sincere condolences to his family and many friends. I am going to miss our regular phone chats. Rest in Peace Wayne.

  2. Posted June 19, 2023 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Wayne called our newsroom regularly for updates on sports scores and the likes. He’d done it for years. I never knew of the family history of internment during the war. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Michelle Trkla
    Posted June 20, 2023 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Dear Bonnie and Family.

    Offering my sincerest condolences on the loss of Wayne. May you find comfort in all the amazing memories you made and shared together.

    Hugs to you all,

    Michelle Trkla

  4. Melanie Ford
    Posted June 20, 2023 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Dear Bonnie,Debbie and families.So very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was such a wonderful neighbor.Always a wave when driving by or an enquire about the boys when walking by. Will miss his golf shots on his perfect lawn! RIP Wayne. Love from Mel,Jim and family.

  5. Marilyn and Marv
    Posted June 21, 2023 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Dear Bonnie, Debbie & Family

    Always remember Wayne from the Blazer days of sitting next to you. May all the memories and special times bring you some comfort. Such a warm, happy man. Our sincere condolences.

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