June 22, 1923 – March 19, 2011
Mots will be lovingly remembered by his family: Mich, his wife of sixty-two years; children: Karen, Janice, and David; grandchildren: Adam, Kristin, and Jeffrey. Mots was predeceased by sisters and brothers: Kimie, Seiich, Sax, Ted, and Hatch. He is survived by sisters and brothers: Jean, Merry (Richard), Kadi (Cora); brother-in-law: Sus (Bea); sister-in-law: Sachio; cousins: Yosh, Paul (Sayuri); and many nieces and nephews. Mots was born on the Koyama family farm in Winfield. He married Mich in 1949. In 1950 they moved to Williams Lake and a year later to Quesnel, where they lived for forty-eight years, raising their family and making many life-long friends. Mots joined the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department soon after their arrival. He was an active fireman, then a captain. His Tuesday nights were predictable: fire practice followed by poker. Mots was still an associate member, enjoying the news in “The Fire Hydrant” when he passed away. Some of his most enjoyable leisure times were spent hunting, camping, and on fishing trips to the Dean River. In 1999 Mots and Mich moved to Birken where Mots helped David in his Pemberton auto supply store. Mots enjoyed exploring and camping in the Pemberton area, including matsutaki mushroom picking. In 2002 they returned home to Kelowna to family and friends. Mots enjoyed his daily walks to visit with the girls at Glenpark Pharmacy, where he picked up the newspaper, followed by coffee at McDonalds. The family would like to thank the nurses at David Lloyd-Jones who made his last days comfortable and peaceful. A celebration of Mots’ life will be held at a later date.