In memory of

Kuniko (Kay) Iwasa

December 21, 1929 -  May 8, 2020

On the morning of May 8, 2020, Kuniko (Kay) Iwasa of Scarborough died at the age of 90 of COVID-19. Kuniko was born to Nakataro and Kocho in Vancouver, British Columbia. After surviving internment in Slocan (Bay Farm), she moved with her father and sisters to Guelph, Chatham and subsequently to Hamilton, Ontario. In 1953, she married Ken Iwasa and together they raised three children in Scarborough. Kay was a loving spouse, mother, grandmother, friend, sister as well as an avid golfer, gardener, poker player and an extraordinary cook and baker (especially apple pies). Predeceased by her loving sisters Lucy, Marge and Molly. Kay is survived by her devoted husband of 67 years, Ken Iwasa; her children Kim Iwasa-Madge (Rick Madge), Carolyn Iwasa (Joe Farag), Douglas Iwasa (Tina Ryding); her grandchildren (Daniel & Jaclyn, Kevin, Alexandra & Yoan, Jordan, Kotone, Connor, Kobe, Mia); and great-grandchild (Quinn). The family thoughts are with those dedicated workers dealing with COVID-19 in long-term care homes. Private Service. Condolences may be sent to Pine Hills Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 625 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON M1K 1R1. Or, you may visit the website at If you wish to make a donation in Kay’s memory, please consider Canadian COVID-19 relief efforts, via Canada Helps, or the charity of your choice.


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Joni Pleau (Niece)

Entered May 12, 2020 from Grand Manan NB

My Auntie Kay was special and always had a big, beautiful smile for me. We saw her often for family dinners. Always preparing us delicious meals and desserts. The only birthday party I ever had was given to me by my favorite Aunt Kay when I turned 5! My Mom adored her. Love from us all. In fond memories always of you Auntie Kay.

Tammy MacKinnon (Family Friend)

Entered May 12, 2020 from Milton, ON

Kim - What a beautiful tribute to your mom! Beautiful picture. I’m sure she will be sorely missed but always in your heart with many wonderful memories. Sincerest condolences. Love & hugs. Tammy

Alison Luka 

Entered May 12, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Iwasa family. I fondly remember family gatherings growing up at Aunt Lyn's home when grandma Kay was there. She always had a bright smile and was so kind to talk to. Sending lots of love. xo

JULI ROSLIN (Father's cousin)

Entered May 12, 2020

It's been a long time since I have been in contact with my father's cousins based out of Chatham. I remember the fun times when we visited & the weddings of our distant relatives. My thoughts are with your whole family as you cope with Kay's loss & the restrictions of COVID-19.

Michael Thomson (Colleague)

Entered May 12, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss Kim. Cherish your memories.


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