Patrick Yoshiro Miki, the eldest child of Tamako and Masao Miki, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Diane, his three daughters Kathy, Laureen, and Nancy (Adam), as well as his grandchildren Ryan, Adam, Marli, and Lainey, and great-grandchildren Maeve, Caden, and Owen. Sadly, Patrick was predeceased by his sister Joan Miki and brother Henry Miki.
Patrick was born in British Columbia and spent his childhood on a 50-acre farm in Matsqui. He attended school in Bradner, where he received his education from Mr. Stretch and Miss Cato. Like many other Japanese families during World War II, Patrick’s family was forced to relocate to Dufrost, Manitoba, where they shared a farmhouse with six other Japanese families. He helped out on the family farm and also attended school, ultimately graduating from high school and earning a medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1955. He enlisted in the Air Cadets during 1944-1955 and served as a medical officer, Lieutenant Commander, completing several naval deployments along the west coast and to Hawaii. Following his naval service, Patrick completed his radiology specialty at UBC and joined Dr. Henry Brown in Chilliwack, eventually establishing Valley Medical Imaging, where he practiced until his retirement in 2003.
Outside of his professional life, Patrick had a passion for woodworking, gardening, and dogs. He was also an avid reader, particularly enjoying non-fiction and biographies. Patrick loved watching sports, especially his grandsons’ games. However, his greatest love and priority was always his family. As the eldest Japanese son, his family remained the focal point throughout his life. Patrick was a devoted patriarch, constantly placing the needs and desires of others before his own. This selfless nature left a profound impact on everyone who knew him.
In his final days, Patrick expressed his profound gratitude to his wife Diane for her years of love, devotion, and care. He also wanted to extend his thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Langley Memorial Hospital and the hospice care team who provided comfort and peace during his final moments.
A memorial service in Patrick’s honor will be held at Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery on Sunday, October 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Patrick suggested that people buy themselves a bouquet to enjoy, particularly carnations. Alternatively, donations can be made to Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Salvation Army, Nikkei Place Foundation, or Langley Hospice Society, all of which were charities close to his heart.