It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hiroshi (Hugh) Kuwahara at Foothills Hospital in Calgary at the age of 106.
Hiroshi was born in Vancouver and moved with his family to Calgary in 1923. He was a quiet man of great integrity who was devoted to his family.
An astute businessman, he, along with his partners owned the Silk-O-Lina retail stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
He was generous with his time and volunteered many hours as an active participant in his church, the Calgary Japanese Community and the Rotary Club.
In retirement, he took up bird carving and landscape painting, and spent many hours meticulously perfecting his crafts.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 78 years, Kay, his sister Grace, children, Ron (Kim), Doug (Anne), and Valerie (Lorn) their grandchildren, Andrew (Carolina), Ian, Nicholas (Brittany), Daniel (Erin), Bruce and great grandchildren (Juan Andres, Mariana, Henry, and Philip)
In lieu of flowers, donations on behalf of Hiroshi can be made to the Canadian Red Cross or the Calgary Food Bank, or the Hiroshi and Kay Kuwahara Undergraduate Bursary Scholarship Fund.
A small private funeral will be held for the immediate family only.
Posted by Marguerite Harvey | 15-Aug-2020
My husband Ken and I had the pleasure of living next to Hugh and Kay in Horizon Village, Strathcona. They were absolutely the best neighbours anyone could ever wish for. They had a beautiful rock garden with gorgeous flowers. They looked after it lovingly and later on Doug and his family would care for it since it had a definite slope that made it unsafe for Kay and Hugh to manage.
Kay brought fantastic desserts to our home and held get-togethers for the neighbour’s in her sunroom where we all could enjoy the wonderful rock garden.
Kay I’m so sorry for your loss, as well to your family. Stay safe, I miss you all.
With love, Marguerite Harvey
I would certainly echo Karen’s sentiments. Although we live in Toronto and Uncle Hiroshi and Aunt Kay have been in Calgary, we have always felt very close to them, in large part because they have been so generous and caring with our family. We have been very fortunate to take part in what have been amazing milestone celebrations, including Hiroshi and Kay’s 70th wedding anniversary and Hiroshi’s 100th birthday.
Our father Ken always spoke very highly of Uncle Hiroshi, and had great respect for him as his big brother. Dad described himself as a bit of a rascal when he was young (a “yancha” boy I believe is the term he used). Uncle Hiroshi, on the other hand, could always be counted on to be the responsible one, the brother who Dad relied on for guidance and counsel when he was growing up.
One of the many things we loved about Uncle Hiroshi was the sense of calmness and serenity about him, and his kindness and gentleness. When we attended Hiroshi and Kay’s 70th wedding anniversary, our sons said Hiroshi reminded them of Yoda, the Star Wars hero who is a Jedi knight and a master of the Force. Like Yoda, Uncle Hiroshi was very wise, humble, patient and had great integrity.
As Karen said, we will all miss Uncle Hiroshi very much. Although this is a very said time for Aunt Kay, Ron, Doug, Val and their families, we take comfort knowing that Hiroshi had a life well-lived, and we will always have the fondest of memories of him.