Nakagawa, Francis Hiroshi

Francis passed away peacefully on September 2, 2015 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 83. He is survived by his loving wife, Frances Yoko of 56 years, and children Mariko (husband Peter, Victoria, Spencer), Kathy (Aisha, Kira, Tia, Lukas), Mary (husband Kim, Kimberly), Martin (Elijah, Erez, Arie), Rose (husband John, Anthony, Joseph, Michael), and Anne (husband Edward, Thomas, Kiyomi, Kaiya). Francis was born in Vancouver B.C. and interned to Greenwood B.C. in 1942. There he heard the angelic voice of “the girl next door” who later became his wife. They resided in beautiful Summerland B.C. in 1961 where they started to raise their family. Francis attended business school in Vancouver and always strived to better himself becoming the Presidents of Summerland Chamber of Commerce and Penticton Multicultural Society, and Area Governor of Toastmasters B.C. He was an accomplished public speaker and enjoyed teaching Summerland Blossom Pageant candidates and Okanagan college students to grow in this area. During his career he also owned a successful dry-cleaning business and the people of Summerland became an important part of his life. Francis enjoyed music, his dogs, fishing and the serenity of his surroundings but above all he was a devoted husband and father to his family.

He was a man of integrity and an inspiration to those who knew him. Even in his last days, he had a way of making people smile with his wit and humor. We were blessed to have him in our lives and will continue his legacy by honoring his family values. We will “walk by faith and not by sight” and he will be forever in our hearts. The family would like to extend their thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for him and for the loving prayers and support from family and friends. The Funeral Ceremony will be held on: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 am, Holy Child Catholic Church, 14010 Rosedale Ave., Summerland, BC. Interment will follow at Canyon View Cemetery, Summerland. Memorial tributes may be made to the following: Holy Child Catholic Church, Attn: Nakagawa Family, 14010 Rosedale Ave., Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0 or Frank Nakagawa Memorial “Bench” P.O. Box 689, Summerland, B.C.

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