Passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto in his 91st year. Dearest husband to Yoshiye (nee Omori). Beloved dad to Debbie, Julie (David) and the late Larry (Mika). Doting grandpa to Mariko and Yumiko. Predeceased by parents Hisakichi and Tei Suyama, and brother Masahiro (Japan). He leaves brothers Kakuichiro (Japan), Tokugi, and Eiji; and sisters Wakiko Kiyonaga, Masayo Abe, Meiko Bando, Yoshimi Maikawa and Juneko Nakano. Fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to be made to the Toronto Buddhist Church, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre or Momiji Health Care Society.
Very sorry to hear Kunio's passing, through my son the other day.
As a former minister of Toronto Buddhist Church, I recall his great contribution towards the church programs through his talent and passion. With deep voice his MC was excellent and his singing and dancing was a remarkable.
He was not the type of person sitting around doing nothing. He was also smart and good debater.
Thank you Kunio for your good life from Cumberland to Lemon Creek and Toronto. Gokurosamadeshita. Namandabu
Rev. Orai Fujikawa, Vancouver, BC
I will always remember Uncle Kunchi's joyful personality and his cheerful smile. I can still hear his spirited voice through the microphone, so full of vitality and enthusiasm- he could get anyone to get up and participate in odori! He was an influential and integral part of the Japanese Canadian community, and I am so proud that he was my uncle. He will be dearly missed, but forever remembered and revered.