SARUWATARI, ToshPosted: August 7th, 2019
TOSH SARUWATARI of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Joyce (Takako) Saruwatari passed away peacefully on August 4,2019 at the age of 93 years. Besides his loving wife of 71 years, Tosh is survived by his son Gordon (Joy) of Raymond and 3 daughters Gail (Gordon) Mitten, Debra (Gordon) Jensen and Wendy (Jim) Gerlock all of Lethbridge, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, sisters Sadako Tagami, Jeannie Takahashi, sister-in-law Mary Saruwatari and numerous nieces and nephews. Tosh was predecessed by his parents Juzo and Ai Saruwatari, infant daughter Suyeko, brothers Mamoru, Takayuki, Minoru and Sakae and sisters Kashiko, Ritsuko and Toshiko. Tosh was born in Raymond, Alberta where he spent most of his life farming on the Milk River Ridge with his wife Joyce always at his side. He practiced kendo in his younger years. Tosh served as president of the Raymond Buddhist Church for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, curling, square dancing, karaoke, golfing, playing cards, traveling and photography. His greatest treasure was his family. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, 470-40th St. South, Lethbridge, AB. Friends are welcome to meet with the family from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home, or on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Koden and flowers are respectfully declined. Those who wish may make donations to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta or the charity of your choice.
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