OBITUARY: Yoshitomi Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA, YOSHITOMI, 102, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015. He touched so many lives on his incredible journey.

He was born November 9, 1912 in San Francisco. However, he spent his boyhood years in Japan. He returned to San Francisco as a young man. He later married his wife, Mitsuko, and worked in LA for a few years until WWII broke out.

During WWII, he was interned at the Topaz, Utah internment camp. Afterwards, Yoshitomi started a new life with his family in Richmond, Calif. They lived there a few years before deciding to move to San Francisco in 1950 where he worked for FM Nonaka Company. He worked in the import – export business for fifty years. During that time, he became a manager for Nishimoto Trading Company and played a major role in the success of the company.

He was such a gentle soul and was always happy. He still had such a strong mind and always asked about his family’s activities, especially the great grandchildren. Hearing about everyone put a smile on his face, but the biggest smile came on his 102nd birthday when the SF Giants honored him with a wonderful care package thanking him for being a loyal fan. He loved everything about San Francisco, especially the Giants and was happy when they won the World Series.

His loving wife, Mitsuko, precedes Yoshitomi in death. He is survived by son, Hiroshi Fukushima and his wife Dianne; daughter, Kaye Kawamoto and her husband Raymond; son, Johnny Fukushima; and also his 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was loved by so many and will never be forgotten, as his memories will live on in our hearts. A private service will be held on January 31, 2015 at the San Francisco Buddhist Church where he was an active member. Memorial contributions may be made to the San Francisco Buddhist Church: 1881 Pine Street, San Francisco, 91409

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