In memory of

Sanaye Inouye

August 30, 1921 -  December 14, 2022

INOUYE, SANAYE (nee Nakamichi) August 30, 1921- December 14, 2022 - Passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at home with family by her side. Predeceased by her loving husband of 39 years, Jokichi Inouye (1979) and daughter Yuriko (2016). She was a caring and devoted mother to Peter (Ginny), Tad (Naomi), Isao (Akiko), Teruko, Michiko, Kikuye, Ronald, Jack (JoAnn), Wendy and Kim. Proud Bachan (grandmother) to Phillip (Harriet), Audrey (David), Stacey, Keri (John), Jeffrey, Karen, Kimiko, Debra (Oliver), Matthew, Brian (Trish) and Andrew (Lauren). Hi-Bachan (great-grandmother) to Sophie, Abigail, Ella, Grayson, Taro, Kiyoshi, Kaito, Nami, Tomi, Alice, Callum, Lillian, Norah, Liam and Peyton. She will be greatly missed by her niece, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews and extended family.
Born in Marpole, BC, Mom lived her early life on Sea Island, BC and subsequently in Kagoshima, Japan; Manchuria; Paldi, BC; Picture Butte and Turin Alberta; Hearst, Crow Creek, Kapuskasing and Toronto, Ontario.
She enjoyed sewing, travelling, gardening, bowling, playing cards, Wynford Seniors events and regular gatherings with the family and close family friends.
Thanks to Dr. Blaise Clarkson for her dedication and excellent work caring for Mom over the years.
A Celebration of Life to recognize Mom’s amazing 101 years will be held in the summer of 2023. In lieu of flowers or Koden, donations in memory of Sanaye Inouye to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre or the University Health Network Foundation to support Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku’s research at Toronto General Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Please visit or call 416-603-5300.


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Yoshito and Peggy Takata (Family friends, once neighbours in Crow Creek and Kapuskasing.)

Entered December 18, 2022 from Toronto, Ont.

Mrs Inouye was a kind and very generous person. We remember food and treats she made. We still have hosta plants she gave us years ago in our garden and always thought of her when we saw them.

Joyce Mitoma (Friend of the family)

Entered December 18, 2022 from Pickering

We were very sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. She lived a long and blessed life with her beautiful family and extended family. She was the only centenarian we knew and I’m glad she was able to celebrate her 100th year birthday with all her children, grand-children, great-grandchildren and maybe even great, great grandchildren. I am also comforted knowing she was surrounded by family when her time came to leave.

We have such fond childhood memories of her and the Inouye family while growing up in Kapuskasing. Despite having a large family to care for, your mother was always so generous with her time (sewing outfits for us) and hosting all those Japanese get togethers. I remember her always smiling and laughing whenever I popped my head in to see what the adults were up to. Her laugh was infectious.

She was one of the last links left to my late parents and I, too, feel like we lost a family member. We wish to express our deepest condolences to the Inouye family. May she be the brightest light shining down on all during the Christmas season.


Joyce, Donald and Laura Mitoma

Takashi, Reiko, Momoha, and Haruto Anayama (Friend)

Entered December 21, 2022 from 1-2607 Shiomidai Kochi 781-5108, Japan

When we moved from Japan to Toronto, you welcomed us like family and continued to support us. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and pray for the repose of the soul.
To our Toronto mother,
from Anayama family

Tetsuo Inouye (Nephew)

Entered December 22, 2022 from Mississauga, ON

We were so sad to hear of Aunt Sanaye's passing but consoled to hear that she died peacefully after a long and fulfilling life with her family by her bedside. She was one of the few remaining members of my parent's generation.

I was recently looking at pictures of her at our wedding in May 1980 over 42 years ago and remembering how wonderful she was. That was the last time she and my parents were together. Although my contact with her was infrequent I will always remember her for how kind and wonderful she was.

Sincere condolences to all her family. I look forward to Celebrating Her Life in the summer of 2023 with all her Family.


Tetsuo Inouye

Marg Hembruff (Friend of Kik)

Entered December 24, 2022 from Toronto Ontario

What a wonderful life filled with family and love. Your beautiful memories will bring you so much joy. Thoughts and prayers from Marg


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