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Tom TERANISHI

Tom Mutsuo Teranishi, age 80, peacefully passed away on Monday, July 17, 2023, at Vancouver General Hospital. He was born on September 9, 1942, in a Japanese internment camp near Bralorne, B.C. Tom is survived by his six brothers and sisters: Betty (Vern), Peggy (Ken), Bob (Margaret), Linda (Wes), Joyce (Al), Dick (Darlene), along with his loving nieces, nephews, and great nephews. He leaves behind a plethora of cherished friends who were like family to him.

Tom completed his education at Steveston High School before obtaining a masters in social work from UBC. From 1968 to 1973, he dedicated himself as a social worker at Shaughnessy Hospital. Later, he transferred to Vancouver General Hospital, where he continued to work in his chosen profession and mentored social work students and aspiring doctors. Despite facing various health challenges, Tom tirelessly volunteered for numerous community organizations including the Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society, Lions Society, and the Association for the Equality of Blind Canadians. In recognition of his exceptional service, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, followed by the “Courage to Come Back Award” in 2016.

Tom led an active lifestyle, eagerly participating in sports like curling, sailing, tennis, and cross-country skiing. His adventurous spirit knew no bounds, and he was always willing to try new things. Nevertheless, his greatest joy came from spending time with his beloved family and friends. Tom’s infectious smile, generosity, and warm personality will be deeply missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known and loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Kidney Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. A celebration of life honoring Tom will be held at a future date.

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