Makoto Miyagishima

Miyagishima, Makoto (Mak)

Nov 3, 1923 – Aug 23, 2015

Mr. Makoto Miyagishima of Ashcroft, BC passed away peacefully of age- related complications at the Nikkei Home in Burnaby. He was 91 and was predeceased by his devoted wife Hisayo in 2005. He leaves sons Edward (Calgary) and Dennis (Kamloops); Siblings: Etsuko Horiba, Kazuko Takei, Fumiko Watanabe, Akira Miyagishima (Japan) and Tadashi Imai (Los Angeles).

Mak was a long-time resident of Ashcroft and known in the area for his beautiful, productive garden at the top of Tingley Street. During his career, he worked in the orchards of Vernon, sawmills in the area, railways with CP and then mining at Bethlehem Copper where he retired. Throughout his life, gardening was his pleasure where the fruits of his labour were shared with the community. His longevity speaks to his generosity and active life which included his other favourite pastime, fishing… especially for salmon and steel-head at Spences Bridge.

The Miyagishimas extend their thanks to the staff in Ashcroft health care, the Nikkei Home in Burnaby, the Thompson Valley Funeral Home and to all friends who have assisted over the years.

The family would like to postpone a memorial tea and will be announced at a future date.


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