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In memory of Lisa Lani Chinn

In memory of Lisa Lani Chinn

Lisa Lani Matsukawa was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii. She was the daughter of Joe and Florence Matsukawa of Aiea, Hawaii. She graduated from Aiea High School. She attended the University of Hawaii and graduated from the University of Washington. Lisa fought a courageous battle with breast cancer and passed away on Feb. 20, 2014, at […]

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 33 No 10 | 3/1-3/70 Comments

Vera Ing leaves lasting legacy

Vera Ing leaves lasting legacy

“For many of us, Vera was like a mother…she had a great heart and always saw kindness in people. Our community lost a great friend and a beautiful person.”   — Jerry Lee, Mulvanny/G2 By Sue Misao Northwest Asian Weekly Long time community activist Vera Faye Ing died on Jan. 18, 2014. She was 73.

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Posted in Community News, Obituaries, Vol 33 No 5 | 1/25-1/310 Comments

Tama Tokuda passes away at 93

Tama Tokuda passes away at 93

Tama Tokuda, the mother of the late Kip Tokuda, died Aug. 31 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Her death comes a month and a half after the sudden death of Kip, who suffered a heart attack on July 13. Her family said she died of a broken heart.  

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Posted in Community News, Obituaries, Vol 32 No 38 | 9/14-9/200 Comments

Kip Tokuda, community activist, passes away at 66

Kip Tokuda, community activist, passes away at 66

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Kip Tokuda, a former four-term state representative from the 37th district and community activist who founded the Asian Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF), was past president of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and served on the Mayor’s Seattle Police Department 20/20 initiative passed away on July 13. He was 66.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 32 No 30 | 7/20-7/261 Comment

JACL Co-President Elaine Reiko Akagi  passes away during cancer treatment

JACL Co-President Elaine Reiko Akagi passes away during cancer treatment

The Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) sadly announces the passing of its co-president, Elaine Reiko Akagi.  Ms. Akagi passed away on Oct. 18, 2012 in Silver Spring, Md., where she was being treated for cancer.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 31 No 45 | 11/3-11/91 Comment

Rest in Peace, Kathryn Akiko Tagawa Sugiyama

Rest in Peace, Kathryn Akiko Tagawa Sugiyama

Kathy Akiko Tagawa Sugiyama, former wife of Al Sugiyama, passed away in the comfort of her own home full of loving family and close friends on Sept. 2, 2012, due to complications from cancer. Kathy worked for the City of Seattle for more than 30 years and, in that time, interacted with a number of […]

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 31 No 37 | 9/8-9/140 Comments

James “Uncle Jimmy” Mar leaves behind powerful legacy (1914–2012)

James “Uncle Jimmy” Mar leaves behind powerful legacy (1914–2012)

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly James Malcolm Mar was born in Seattle on July 11, 1914, to immigrant parents Lee Shee and Henry Mar Hing. Throughout his life, Mar would bear witness to the Asian experience in Seattle and the United States and lend his help and services to members of the Asian community.

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Posted in Features, Obituaries, Vol 31 No 31 | 7/28-8/30 Comments

Remembering Sherry Soth

Remembering Sherry Soth

Since the recent shooting in South Seattle, which happened as Sherry Soth and friends were leaving a house party, Soth became known as the 22nd homicide victim in Seattle this year. But the 21-year-old, described by the Seattle Times as a “free-spirited fashionista” of Cambodian descent, left a mark on the local community.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 31 No 29 | 7/14-7/200 Comments

In memory of community volunteer Howard Eng King (1924–2012)

In memory of community volunteer Howard Eng King (1924–2012)

By Staff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Howard Eng King, a TV antenna specialist, passed away on April 2, 2012, in Beijing, China. He was on the last stop of his trip through China. King spent the last 20 years of his life dancing and traveling, but he is known for his work with TV antennas, including […]

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 31 No 18 | 4/28-5/40 Comments

In memory of Col. Janice Mano Lehman: nurse, wife, and friend

In memory of Col. Janice Mano Lehman: nurse, wife, and friend

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Col. Janice Mano Lehman passed away on the morning of March 11 after a nine-year battle with lung cancer. She was 48. Mano Lehman grew up in Seattle and attended Renton High School, graduating in 1982. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washington State University, where she […]

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 31 No 13 | 3/24-3/300 Comments

In memory of Gordon

In memory of Gordon

By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Gordon Hirabayashi died on Jan. 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he taught sociology at the University of Alberta (UA). He was 93 and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s. In 1942, the U.S. Government ordered nationwide evacuation of Japanese Americans by Executive Order 9066. The government simply called it […]

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Posted in Community News, Obituaries, Vol 31 No 3 | 1/14-1/200 Comments

In memory of Ark Chin, community leader and activist (1924–2011)

In memory of Ark Chin, community leader and activist (1924–2011)

By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Ark Chin, a Chinese American community leader, passed away at his home on Nov. 13. He was 87 years old. Chin was born in a small village in Tai Shan, China, in 1924 and immigrated to the United States with his parents at the age of 10. He worked in […]

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 30 No 47 | 11/19-11/250 Comments

Remembering Ping Chow

Remembering Ping Chow

By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Edward Shui “Ping” Chow passed away peacefully on June 29, 2011, at the age of 94. He was born on November 5, 1916, in Canton, China. He was the sixth of eight children and the youngest son. As a youth, Ping became an apprentice to a Chinese opera singer […]

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 30 No 29 | 7/16-7/221 Comment

Artist and father James Leong dies of heart complications at the age of 81

Artist and father James Leong dies of heart complications at the age of 81

Award-winning artist James “Jim” Leong died on Thursday, April 21. He is perhaps most remembered for painting the first Chinese American historical mural in San Francisco.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 30 No 18 | 4/30-5/61 Comment

Branda Pui Chu Luke (1954–2011)

Branda Pui Chu Luke (1954–2011)

Branda Pui Chu Luke passed away on March 18 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was 57.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 30 No 13 | 3/26-4/10 Comments

In memory of… Doug Luna, chief justice, community member, and minister

Former Chief Justice Doug Luna of the Tlingit-Haida Tribes has passed away at the age of 67. He died peacefully in the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 30 No 10 | 3/5-3/116 Comments

Urbano Quijance (1916–2011), veteran, Filipino activist

Urbano Quijance (1916–2011), veteran, Filipino activist

Urbano Quijance, 95, died peacefully at his home in Seattle, on Jan. 22. Born in the Philippines, Urbano served his country as a defender of Bataan in WWII. He was captured as a prisoner-of-war

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 30 No 5 | 1/29-2/45 Comments

Jimmy Locke: Veteran, husband, father, and businessman

Jimmy Locke: Veteran, husband, father, and businessman

Jimmy Locke, born Youh K. Locke, passed away on Jan. 5 in Seattle.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 30 No 3 | 1/15-1/213 Comments

Ted Choi Tam (1935–2010), father and activist

Ted Choi Tam (1935–2010), father and activist

Tam majored in business at the University of Washington and served in the U.S. Army. He was a manufacturing engineer before starting Choi Investment Realty.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 29 No 41 | 10/9-10/150 Comments

John Delloro

John Delloro

John Delloro, the national president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), passed away from a heart attack in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 38.

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Posted in Obituaries, Vol 29 No 29 | 7/17-7/230 Comments

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