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Glenhaven Memorial Chapel

1835 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

OBITUARY

Kinji Matsuyama

October 4, 1932July 20, 2020

Mr. Kinji Matsuyama, Oct. 4, 1932 – July 20, 2020. After a long and courageous battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, we are saddened to announce that Kinji finally succumbed to pneumonia at UBC Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife Asako and survived by his three children Edward (Kazuko), Robert (Sandra) and Kon (Aki) and beloved grandchildren Hiroki, Sho, Tomoki and Yu. Born in Vancouver, Kinji lived most of his adult life in Vancouver where he founded his thriving business, Angel Seafoods. His work was everything and he incredibly continued working right until the start of the pandemic. In his time off, Kinji was an avid sports fan who loved watching his Toronto Blue Jays or supporting the Vancouver Canucks. A viewing service will be held by invitation at Glenhaven Memorial Chapel on Saturday August 1, 2020 followed by a family only funeral service on August 2, 2020. In lieu of flowers and koden, donations can be made to Tonari Gumi Japanese Community Volunteers Association (tonarigumi.ca). Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Matsuyama family. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Glenhaven Memorial Chapel, 1835 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. Phone 604-255-5444.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

Memories

Kinji Matsuyama

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Becky Overmyer-Velazquez

August 1, 2020

I first met Mr. Matsuyama in 1984 when I was still in high school. I remember how he loved his dog Max and would always feed him special treats that probably weren't good for dogs but that Max really enjoyed! It was sweet to see how he doted on his dog.

Mary Mah

August 1, 2020

To Kon, Bob , Ed and your families:

Jen and I send our deepest condolences to each of you for the loss of your father. The passing of the last parent can often leave an enormous void, regardless of our own age, and secure position within our own families.
The past years have been a long road for your father, as well as for yourselves. You have each displayed an incredible degree of fortitude and devotion to family during these last difficult months, ensuring that he was properly cared for, accompanied and supported under very difficult conditions and hospital restrictions. I know that the daily attention and care you gave your father was your absolute very best.
Through my friendship with Kon, I have memories of watching your dad cheer on Team Japan at Softball City, following each play intently. I was also fortunate to occasionally receive delicacies such as persimmons from Kon, through Mr Matsuyama’s special connections; his supply always seemed to be much sweeter and tastier.
Your father was exceptionally determined and I see that fortitude echoed in how he was cared for by each of you.

Mary






Yasushi Kawatate

August 1, 2020

Dear Kon, Ed, Bob, and family, We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the uncle Kinji. We nostalgicly remember the days when Uncle Kinji and everyone visited Fukuoka and spent with our family. Rest in peace.

Osamu, Yasushi, Yutaka, Kawatate

Catherine Millard

July 31, 2020

I was lucky enough to meet Kinji Matsuyama and members of his family at UBC hospital when we were both patients there. Kinji was across the hall from me. While I was bedridden for the first few days I would hear him at night and yell to Kinji that I would call a nurse for him and that he was ok. I met his son Kon as he was there every day. The first time I heard Kinji in the daytime - as hospitals are often noisy - we had all just been delivered our dinner. Kon lifted the lid off Kinji's meal and he shook his head and said "I'm so disappointed ". I laughed to myself and just knew I had to meet him in person. So once I was mobile I went over. Kinji remembered the name of the first Japanese restaurant in Calgary I had ever eaten at 35 years before. I was lucky enough to spend time with Kinji and meet many family members. I got to spend time with him the day before he past and hold his hand and speak to him. His sons Bob and Kon were kind enough to share stories about their dad. I got to meet their wives and some family members. Kinji was well loved and well cared for. I know he is resting well and he will always have a place in my heart. My heartfelt thanks and love and condolences go out to his family and friends. Kinji was a lucky man.

Trish Burleigh

July 31, 2020

Dear Kon, Ed, Bob, and family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. He and your Mother, were always so kind and generous to me. I think of them both often. I am so very sorry for your loss.

You are all in my thoughts.
Trish

Dennis Lee

July 31, 2020

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. I remember how much your Dad enjoyed his work and remember him too from his days running Maggie's.

Dennis and Cris

Kerry Zhang

July 30, 2020

We are very sorry to hear that Mr. Kinji Matsuyama passed away, kindly allow me on behalf of Uniquier Trading to express condolences on this sadness occasion.

Len Yamashiro

July 30, 2020

From our Family to Yours,

Our deepest, most sincere condolences. We are at a loss to come up with the words to describe what Matsuyama-san meant to us. Undoubtedly, this feeling is shared by a great many other people. He possessed a unique spirit that endeared him to people. He was playful, kind, generous, but above all, he had respect for everyone. He always saw the good in people, and was never quick to judge. We are all fortunate to have known him. He was a great business owner, community member, and mentor, but an even greater person.

We will never forget all of the things you did for us, and we will honour your life by trying to be as good of a person as you were. I know in my heart that you are still looking out for all of us. Thank you Matsuyama-san.

Yamashiro’s

Brett Martin

July 30, 2020

Hello Bob,

I just wanted to say I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I know how tough it is. I remember your Dad well in the early days when we would go down to Maggie's store. He always seemed so calm and such a nice personality. I only wish I would have had a chance to see him in more recent years.

From my family Sonia, Vanessa, Alexander and myself we send our love to your family. At a better time I'll be giving you a call...that too has been too long.

Brett

Lily Shinde

July 29, 2020

I want to express my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Kon, Bob and Edward and their families on the loss of their father and grandfather.

I admired and respected how much Mr. Matsuyama loved Angel Seafood, the business he started and how hard he worked.

I had the honour and pleasure of meeting him through shared dinners at his home with Kon, Aki and Yu. Often he would be watching hockey or baseball. The two of us would chat about that, and he would also regale me with stories about Greenwood, where he had a friend. One of the most memorable times with him was when he taught me mochi tsuki! We ate some together and afterward he kindly gave me some to take home.

THANK YOU, MR. ,MATSUYAMA for the times we shared together.

May you rest in peace.

Lily Shinde

FROM THE FAMILY

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