July 7, 1936 – May 10, 2011

Richard Nobuyoshi Yoshimura passed away in Calgary, on Tuesday May 10, 2011 at 74 years of age. Predeceased by his parents: Yoshihei (1986) and Seiko (2002). Lovingly remembered by his partner, Toyoko Yamamoto; four children: Mark (Edith), Christine (Brian) Ikeda, Richard Jr. (Naomi), and Weston; eight grand children: Nicole, Michael, Tyler, Sean, Devon, Mika, Kai, and Tomi; three sisters: Setsuko Uchida, Eiko Oka, Sadie Chisholm, and numerous friends and family members.

Richard was born in Vancouver in 1936. At only 6 years of age, he and his family were interned during World War II in the BC interior. Following the war, his family was relocated to Bradford, Ontario where they started a farm and a family business called Yoshi’s Sunshine Market. Richard also completed his degree in agriculture from Guelph University while in Ontario and worked for Mitsubishi Canada upon graduation. He moved to Cochrane from Bradford in 1974 with dreams of a new life in the wild west. He initially worked in the agricultural industry with companies such as FMC and International Harvester. 1976 marked the rebirth Yoshi’s Sunshine Market and for over 10 years the family operated greenhouse provided the people of the Cochrane area with the gift of beautiful flowers and vegetables to thoroughly enjoy during our short growing season. Upon the closing of the greenhouse business, Richard embarked upon what would be a 25 year career as a realtor in the Cochrane area specializing in rural properties. His passion and dedication as a realtor was apparent by a long list of happy customers and with numerous awards and accolades bestowed upon him throughout the years. Richard retired in 2004 with his partner Toyoko enjoying his time fishing and gardening in his life-long dream home overlooking Ghost Lake and the Rocky mountains. He was the epitome of friendship and hospitality and his family and friends will dearly miss him and his infectious laugh and smile.

A memorial service will be held at the Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive, on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am. Those who wish to celebrate his life at this time are welcome to attend.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Richard’s memory may be made directly to the David Suzuki Foundation, 219 – 2211 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. V6K 4S2

  1. On 14/05/2011 at 1:27 pm Denis and Betty Goodsell Said:

    I was one of the lucky ones who knew Richard. I was lucky to have worked with him back in his Royal LePage days, I was lucky to have been included in countless New Year’s Day celebrations, and I was lucky to have been the recipent of his generous gifts of carrots, beets and other fresh delicious vegetables but most of all I was lucky to be able to count him as a friend. The world is a sadder place this week. Sincere sympathies.

    Betty Goodsell

  2. On 15/05/2011 at 7:56 am Frank Shimoda Said:

    To the Yoshimura Family:

    It is with regret and sadness that we heard about the passing of Dick. We have known the Yoshimura family as cherished friends for almost seventy years. We first met as close neighbours in the camps of WW II and remained good friends through various relocations, Bradford, Ont and finally in Calgary and Cochrane. We visited each other in Ontario and kept in touch by phone and cards. He visited us in Hamilton on a number of occasions. More recently, Dick would grow and harvest the Japanese delicacy, “gobo” — not an easy task–and send it to us in Ont. which we distributed to the family to enjoy. Apparently, doing this even though he wasn’t in the best of health. He never complained his health in our conversations which was always positive.
    We will miss his loyalty as a friend, his generosity, his wonderful sense of humour and his individualism.

    The Shimoda Family
    Mrs. Fumiko Kanbara and Family
    Miyoko and Frank Shimoda

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