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Fumiko Doreen Greenaway

April 16, 1929 - December 19, 2011


GREENAWAY, Fumiko (née Endo) slipped quietly out of this world on Wednesday, December 21,2011, the shortest day of the year, in Nelson, BC. Fumiko was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on April 16, 1929, daughter of George and Tomie Endo. She attended art school before meeting her future husband Tod through mutual friends. The newly-weds ran a fishing camp in La Ronge for a year then travelled to Europe where they lived in several countries before settling in London, where Fumiko gave birth to John and then Rachel. The family moved back to Canada in 1962, first to Montreal–where Rafael was born–then Toronto, and finally Vancouver, where they put down deep roots. They helped form Strathcona”s first housing co-op on Union Street and took part in the fight to stop the destruction of the neighborhood by a proposed freeway. It was here that Fumiko reconnected with her Japanese roots, becoming involved in the Japanese Canadian Centennial Project, the first Powell Street Festival and then the Redress movement. During the fight for Redress Fumiko was part of a group that took over The Bulletin, a local community publication, eventually becoming managing editor. She is perhaps best remembered for her cooking column, Community Kitchen, and her recipes are enjoyed to this day.

Following health issues in the late nineties, Tod and Fumiko moved to Nelson, where they settled into a quieter way of life. When Tod passed away In 2008, Fumiko moved in with Rachel, where she lived until deteriorating health required more extended care. We would like to thank the staff at first Kootenay Lake Hospital and then Mountain Lake Seniors Community for their remarkably compassionate and loving care of Fumiko in the last years of her life.

Fumiko is survived by her sisters Marian and Joyce and brother George; children John (Amy), Rachel (Daniel) and Rafael; and grandchildren Charles, Taiyo, Emiko and Kaya.

Fumiko loved to cook but her most enduring legacy is the connection she formed with people. Over the course of her life she touched so many with her spirit and we are all the better for having known her. Her many friends will be happy to know that she left this world peacfully and pain-free. As the days grow longer and our memories deeper, we ask that her friends not grieve, but rather remember her for the quietly remarkable woman she was. In lieu of flowers or koden, a donation to The Bulletin through the Japanese Canadian Citizens” Association in her honour would be appreciated – #200, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC, V5E 4M7 jccabulletin-geppo.ca.

A celebration of Fumiko”s life will be held in Vancouver at a later date.

With love, John, Rachel and Rafael.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
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Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Cathy Niminiken
Relation: Friend from Mountain Lakes

To Rachel and family, so sorry about your mom! Thank-you for letting us spend some time visiting with her on Monday. She was a very special lady and she will be sadly missed. I remember the day that they were making sushi at Mountain Lakes with her she was so happy! I have some wonderful pictures of her on my phone from that day, that I will cherish always. Hugs love Cathy (Wally’s sister)

From: Lorene Oikawa
Relation: The Bulletin and John Greenaway

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of this great woman. I feel like I know her, but really it’s a familiarity through her family and her accomplishments. My mom keeps every issue of The Bulletin. I started to go through years of issues and discovered Fumiko’s cooking column with great recipes. Thank you to the family for sharing your mother with all of us. She will live on in your memories and also in small ways such as every time I use one of your mom’s recipes.

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