Joe Yoshimi Jiyobu


Joe Jiyobu passed away suddenly at his home in Westbank, BC on November 30, 2012 at the age of 88 years.  He was born on September 22, 1924 on Mayne Island, BC. 

Joe is survived by his loving wife Kaz, daughter Mich Nansen (Nick) of La Jolla, California, son Greg of Burnaby, grandson Shaun Hazell

of Burnaby, granddaughter Nikki Burnett (Lucas) of Peachland,

brother Ken Koyama of Toronto,

ON and various nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his oldest son, Chris, three years ago.  For many years, Joe worked for Westbank Orchards, Gorman Brothers and lastly, Brenda Mines.  He had various interests but the most passionate one was creating Bonsai.  Joe taught the art of Bonsai at the Kelowna Bonsai Club, of which he was the founding member. As requested by Joe, there will be a

private funeral service held at a later date.

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