NOBORU (NOBBY) IKESAKA March 28, 1928 – April 24, 2010 Peacefully, quietly, and with family sending him on his way, Nobby Ikesaka left us on Saturday April 24th, 2010. Dad was born in Kelowna, but raised in Japan, he returned in 1954 and established himself as a farmer, fisherman and Judo Instructor. Married in 1956 to Nobuko Shirai, he settled in Kelowna by purchasing 25 acres of orchard land in North Glenmore from Jack Snowsell. While working and helping to raise 3 boys he pursued his 2 other passions, Judo and fishing. He was a founding member of the Kelowna Judo club and during the 50 plus years of service he attained a standing of 5th Dan black Belt, but dad’s real other love was fishing. Dad relished lake, river and ocean fishing, he would look forward for months before a trip, planning every detail, and preparing his magic selection of flies and lures to catch the “big one”. We wish to thank family, friends and especially the nursing staff at Three Links nursing home for making his remaining time with us as comfortable and happy as possible. Left to carry on his memories and legacy is his wife of 54 years Nobuko Ikesaka, sister Toyoko Uede, brother Haruo Ikesaka, son David (Wendy) Ikesaka, Keith Ikesaka, and Wayne (Carelyn) Ikesaka. Left to remember Grandpa’s life lessons are 5 grandchildren, Stephen, Jordan, Robynne, Christopher and Heather. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at Springfield funeral home, 2020 Springfield Road. Family request no Koden offering, instead donations to the Heart and Stroke foundation in Dad’s memory would be appreciated, #4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9G8.
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