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Tomo Naka

February 10, 1929 - February 8, 2016


On Monday February 8 2016, Tomozo Naka died peacefully at the age of 86 surrounded by his loving family.  


Tomo was born, the youngest of 8 children, in Gobo Wakayama Ken, Japan and returned to Canada with his mother at the age of 4 months.  He grew up in Peachland, went on to attend the University of Saskatchewan and then the University of British Columbia.


Tomo attended Officer’s Training at Royal Roads Military College and served in the Royal Canadian Navy.  


He started his teaching career in Prince Rupert in 1952.  Following his first year he married Grace, the love of his life, and after a second year in Rupert they moved to Nelson where Tomo would begin a 30 year education career and where he and Grace would raise their family.


He taught Math and Physics at the Nelson High School (now LV Rogers) and also coached and refereed basketball.  He accepted principal postings at WE Graham and then Mount Sentinel.


Tomo was an active and long standing member of both the Gyro Club and the Nelson Golf and Country Club (Granite Pointe).


His Naka family farming background lead to a love for gardening. He spent many hours tending to his trees, plants, tomatoes and raspberries.


A genuine gentleman, a beautiful husband, an awesome dad, an athlete, mentor and friend to all. Tomo will always remain in our hearts.


He will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend of 62 years, Grace, their 5 children: Deborah (Allan), Wayne (Rae), Loree (Cal), Heather (Michael) and Brian (Michelle).


Papa Tomo was also blessed with 14 grandchildren: Ross, Brian (Heather), Paul, Kiomi (Mike), Alexander, Rebecca, Daniel, Isaac, Jessica, Augustino, Ghezlane, Matthew, Meghan, Nicolas and great grandchild Owen.


Tomo will also be dearly missed by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.


A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, February 13th, at 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, 813 Ward Street, Nelson, BC.

Memorial donations in memory of Tomo may be made to Saint Joseph School, 523 Mill St., Nelson, BC V1L 4S2 or Kootenay Lake Hospital, 3 View St, Nelson, BC V1L 2V1.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sharon/Mario Campese
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Our sympathies to the Naka family. Tomo was a lovely man and touched the lives of many students at LVR over the years. Always, always had a smile on his face.

From: Floris Family
Relation: Friends

We will be thinking of all of you tomorrow and sending our thoughts and prayers to you. Tomo always had a smile on his face and a story to tell, we have loved all the times we have had a chance to visit with him and the rest of the family. We have always loved listening to the Naka adventures everytime Brian and Michelle came home from a visit, and he was always a big part of those adventures. But, his legacy and sense of humor will live on in all of you.

From: Greg Corbett
Relation: teacher extrodanaire

I wish to pass my condolences to the Macleod & Naka families for your loss. I would not have passed math without your father’s skill as a teacher. I was lucky to have a long visit with Tomo at the 2010 reunion, I am thankful for that memory.

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: friend of family

I am so sorry to hear of Tomo’s passing. He was such a nice person. My Mom (Doreen Stump) remembers Tomo and Grace from Our Lady of Lourdes in Westbank and my Auntie Vahdah remembers Tomo from their school days in Peachland. Whenever I see her, she always asks about him. Actually, I have a picture from the Peachland Memories book which I believe is of Tomo and Vahdah in their classroom when they were little.
Keeping your family in my prayers.
Joey Gatchell (nee Stump)

From: J.Michael Hartley
Relation: Friend

Thank you for all the good memories and your friendship!

From: John Eggleton
Relation: Long time friend, of Tomo, and family.

I wish to extend sincere condolences to Grace, and family, with the passing of a fabulous individual, Tomo. His ever present dignity and integrity stood out loudly, and I’ll miss him forever. From my earliest times in Nelson, playing in the NBA, and the many, many hours at Granite Pointe in which we were always treated to hilarious stories and tales of adventure courtesy of Tomo. I was fortunate to be acquainted with many members of his family, and today, I consider them close and valuee friends. Safe travels Tomo; a bientot!

From: Toni Malacko
Relation: Know family

Thinking of the Naka family and remembering what an inspiration Tomo was to so many.

From: Kathy Gage (Ludlow)
Relation: student

I want to send my condolences for the loss of your family member. I remember Tomo as a highlight of my high school years. He made math so logical and nearly easy for me. He was a shining star for us at LV Rogers.

From: Tom Mueller
Relation: student

Tomo was a gentleman in the fullest sense of the word. He had a gentle soul and was a gifted teacher. I remember him fondly.

My sincerest condolences to Tomo’s family!

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 13, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T3

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

 Saint Joseph School, 523 Mill St., Nelson, BC V1L 4S2 or Kootenay Lake Hospital, 3 View St, Nelson, BC V1L 2V1.

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