OBITUARY: Henry Morito Tsuchiya

Henry Morito Tsuchiya

Tsuchiya, Henry Morito, resident of Corona Del Mar, CA and formerly San Francisco, CA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on December 1, 2017.

Henry (Morito) was born in San Francisco, California on July 27, 1923 and was raised during his elementary school years in Japan while his parents worked in the SF Bay area to send funds back to Japan. He came from a family of three boys and while his older and younger brothers (both deceased) remained in Japan to marry and raise their families, Henry came back to San Francisco to be with his parents just before the war. The three of them were interned from 1942-1945 at Heart Mountain. After the war, Henry was fortunate enough to finish high school and go on to graduate from UC Berkley with a business degree.

In 1954 he married Teruko Sugihara in Japan during his work with Otagiri as a merchandiser and had two children Arline (Mariko) and Daniel. After the birth of their first child, Henry and Teruko relocated to San Francisco to raise a family in the United States and to take care of his parents. He started work at Mitsubishi as a general manager of merchandise and worked at their downtown San Francisco office for over 30 years until retirement. In 2008 both Henry and Teruko sold their San Francisco residence to move closer to their daughter’s family to enjoy the warner Southern California climate and live comfortably. Their happy union had endured for the past 64 years and he is survived by his loving wife Teruko, Arline (daughter), Daniel (son), respective spouses Greg and Carol, and four grandchildren Scott, Bryan, Eric, and Cassidy.

Henry will be remembered for his love for family, work ethic, his humility, demonstration of compassion without words, curiosity to invest in real estate and stocks, desire to travel, his avid support of Bay Area sports teams, and an unending quest to perfect his golf game.

In lieu of flowers, gifts or koden, the family requests that a donation be made to either Pine United Methodist Church, 426 33rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121 or the Japanese Benevolent Society, 1765 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.

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