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Born: May 09, 1930
Date of Passing: Nov 06, 2018Offer Condolences or Memory
MAS MIYAI It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband and dad on November 6, 2018, at the Heritage Lodge in Winnipeg, at the age of 88. Dad was born on May 9, 1930 in Steveston, BC. He was predeceased by his parents, Genkichi and Kumaye, sister Chiyo, and brothers, Hidetake, Terry, Saburo, Jimmy and Frank. Dad is survived by his loving wife Naomi, of 58 years, sons, Grant (Michele), Wes (Lai and granddaughter Carley), and Paul. As was with other Japanese Canadians, the Second World War forced Dad and his family to endure many hardships and prejudice including the pain and uncertainty of internment and relocation. In 1949 Dad's family was relocated to Letellier, MB where they worked in sugar beet fields. Those days were remembered as times of hard work but also as times for resilience and determination for a better future. Dad married Naomi in 1960 and began a family raising three boys in St. James. Their unconditional love and support allowed their sons to pursue interests in sports, arts, and education. They are eternally grateful for their parents' undeniable support. Dad was an artist in the truest form. His love for art was his foundation to become a commercial sign painter. Dad's career began after graduating from the Toronto School of Art. He worked for Remis Signs and Commercial Signs and, in 1969, established Miyai Signs which operated until his retirement in 1990. Dad was known as one of the finest sign painters in Winnipeg as he possessed skills to create works of excellence with speed and elegance. Dad loved painting and this helped lead to hobbies with origami and stained glass. Dad enjoyed giving away his precious creations to his friends. He also loved fishing, sports, was a city champion 5 pin bowler and an avid curler. He was passionate about golf and enjoyed playing at Blumberg where he made many good friends. Our family is grateful for the support of our family, friends, and neighbours who have been an integral part of our family. We would like to thank Dr. T. H. Gooi, Linda Beaupre and her wonderful team from St. James Homecare, and the staff of Heritage Lodge who offered incredible compassion over these last few weeks. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at the Manitoba Buddhist Temple (39 Tecumseh St., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J8). If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mas Miyai to the Manitoba Buddhist Temple or to the Heritage Lodge (3555 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3K 0X2).
Publish Date: Nov 20, 2018
MAS MIYAI Mas Miyai peacefully passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. A memorial will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the Manitoba Buddhist Temple, 39 Tecumseh Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. A longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Nov 8, 2018
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 08, 2018, Nov 20, 2018
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
My sincerest condolences to you all. I was lucky enough to grow up in the house next store to Mr. and Mrs. Miyai and their three boys. Many fond memories of yeveryone, especially your Dad's radiant smile and happy laughter (and the magnificent artwork we used to see, as we ran through the garage to the yard, into mischief, no doubt). Our lives were enriched for knowing your family. - Posted by: Celine Clancy (Friend / neighbour) on: Nov 29, 2018
Dear Grant, My deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. Thinking of you and your family at this time. My heart and prayers are with you all. Sincerely Janice Geekie - Posted by: Janice Geekie (friend to Grant) on: Nov 25, 2018
It is with great sadness that I learned of our dear friend Mas’ passing. He was such a fine, lovable man, and along with his wife, Naomi, and family, absolutely SUPER neighbours and friends. We will always remember his little giggle and happy face every day we lived next door. We had the pleasure and privilege to have known and enjoyed Mas and his family and the memories are something we will never forget. Love from Linda (Hugh) Clancy - Posted by: Linda Clancy (Friend and neighbour) on: Nov 22, 2018
My heart is heavy with this news. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Uncle Mas has a very special place in my heart and always will. I have always respected and admired him. He is truly an amazing man and will be missed very much. Rest in peace Uncle Mas. We love you all! - Posted by: Tracy Overdevest (Niece) on: Nov 20, 2018
Rest in peace Mas. I'm going to miss you my friend. - Posted by: Omar Simbulan (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2018
Rest in peace dear Uncle Mas. Memories of my childhood are what I remember so affectionately; for those memories, I am truly grateful. My Dad, your brother Frank always spoke so highly of you and was so very proud of you and your beautiful family. Rest well my Uncle. - Posted by: Corinne Miyai De Decker (Niece) on: Nov 20, 2018
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