Michiye (Mich) Sawada
April 5, 1944 – April 7, 2021
It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Michiye (Mich) Sawada on April 7, 2021. She will be greatly missed by her sisters Tomi Wakabayashi of Kamloops, Kaz Kitamura (Tak) of Quesnel, Fumiye (Hisao) Yamada of Japan and sister-in-law Kathy Yamada as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Mich was predeceased by her husband Dick, father Shintaro Yamada, mother Kikuye Yamada, brother Sho Yamada, sisters Sumi Yamada, Nobuye (Kozo) Tatsumi of Japan and brother-in-law Tom Wakabayashi.
Mich was born at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC on April 5, 1944. She attended Fruitlands Elementary School, North Kamloops Jr./Sr. High where she graduated. She started employment with Household Finance, then in 1967 took a year off to tour Great Britain and Europe with her childhood friend. On her return she continued working with a private financial institute and later the Royal Bank of Canada both on the North Shore and Main Branch where she retired in 2000.
Mich and Dick were married in 1977. She was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed basketball, bowling, skiing, curling and golfing. She had season tickets for many years watching the Kamloops Junior Oilers and Blazers. Mich and Dick loved camping and fishing, then the golf bug took hold which led to numerous camping/golf trips in the Okanagan, Kootenays, Spokane and Bellingham areas every summer with their family and friends. Upon retiring during the winter they also took golfing vacations to Thailand, Florida, Palm Springs, Mesa/Gilbert (Arizona) and Mexico.
Mich was generous, kind, loyal and affectionate to everyone. In 2016, she suffered a stroke. She resided at Kamloops Seniors Village for the past 3 years and spent her final days at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice.
A special thank you to all the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops Seniors Village and Pine Grove Care Centre.
Koden and flowers gratefully declined. Donations can be made in her memory to the BC Cancer Society, Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association, Kamloops Buddhist Temple or a charity of your choice.
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