Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Sayonara George


George at the Senshin Obon - 7/2/05


The J.A. community has lost a dear friend. George Kiriyama passed away yesterday after a difficult struggle with liver cancer. I met George during the 50th year remembrance of E.O. 9066 and working on the Future of the Nikkei Community Conference in 1992, and got to be friends with George during my 8 years serving on the Board of the J.A. Historical Society. My love and deepest sympathies to Iku, Traci and George Jr.

People used to ask me if I was your daughter and I told them you were my "J.A. community Dad." I will miss you Dad.

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zeebah said...

I'm sorry, Jenni. My condolences to you, his family and friends, and the JA community there in LA.

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Jenni said...

The funeral will be at Nishi Honganji Buddhist Temple on First Street in Little Tokyo on Wednesday, August 24 at 10am.

Gary Kohatsu said...

Jenni,

Need your help.
Would like to include your tribute (in part) of George for a story I'm writing for our newspaper, the Gardena Valley News.

Also, Iku loves the digital image of George from the Obon street dance.
Can you e-mail the photo to me.

Thanks.

Gary Kohatsu
gvnedit@yahoo.com

(310) 329-6351, ext. 121