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Akiko Izumi Obituary

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Akiko Izumi

Markham, Ontario

January 1, 1936 - February 25, 2021

Akiko Izumi Obituary

Akiko Izumi, fondly known as Elizabeth to many in Canada, was born on January 1, 1936 in Tokyo, Japan. Her parents were Matsujiro and Ikuko Nakagawa. Akiko was one of nine children, which included five sons and four daughters. Akiko developed a love for dance and trained to become a professional ballet dancer. She met her future husband, Hugh, a second-generation Japanese Canadian, when he resided at his sister’s home in Tokyo located close to Akiko’s family home. Hugh was studying at a Japanese university at the time. They married on March 16, 1960, and she came to live permanently in Toronto, Canada. Akiko joined the Nichiren Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai in May, 1962. She started a new life dedicating herself in service to others as the first trailblazer for the future SGI Canada organization. She was eventually appointed chairperson, one of few women to be appointed to top SGI leadership in the world at the time, and valiantly dedicated her life to building a solid core of SGI membership throughout Canada. Akiko was mother to three children, Helen, Anne, and John as well as mother-in-law to Antonio, Frank and Gina. She was a proud grandmother to six grandchildren, Federika, Isabella, Heinrich, Aliya, Adam, and Derek. She enjoyed a life of absolute happiness. In her younger years, she travelled extensively throughout the world to places like Hawaii, Guam, Tokyo, USA, France, U.K., and to every corner of Canada, making countless lifelong friends and encouraging many people to lead a life of true happiness, always with a beautiful smile on her face. Akiko passed away peacefully on February 25, 2021 at 9:27am at age 85 after fulfilling her mission in this lifetime. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, fellow SGI members, and everyone whose lives she positively impacted. Her kindness, her compassion, her warmth, her sincerity, her integrity will never be forgotten. She will forever be with us in our hearts. We welcome sharing your written memories and photos in the Guestbook. In lieu of flowers as the memorial service is virtual, donations to SGI Canada or Princess Margaret Cancer Centre would be greatly appreciated. An online memorial service for Mrs. Izumi will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 4:00pm Eastern Time (1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 5:00pm AT, 5:30pm NT). The link will open at 3:40pm, at which time a five-minute slide show will be presented until the start of the memorial service. https://sgicanada.zoom.us/j/91349499025?pwd=L2hUM1UwZExtU2VCUkw5WjFiS2Fjdz09 Meeting ID: 913 4949 9025 Password: 320079 Dial by your location 1 855 703 8985 Canada Toll-free 1 888 788 0099 or 1 877 853 5247 US Toll-free Meeting ID: 913 4949 9025 Password: 320079 **If the webinar is at capacity, please click “Watch Live Stream”. A new webpage will open. Click the link to open the live stream. You may also visit the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/FUuHbvovJAo Please note: The YouTube video will be in English only.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Akiko Izumi hosted by Highland Funeral Home - Markham Chapel.

Akiko Izumi, fondly known as Elizabeth to many in Canada, was born on January 1, 1936 in Tokyo, Japan. Her parents were Matsujiro and Ikuko Nakagawa. Akiko was one of nine children, which included five sons and four daughters. Akiko developed a love for dance and trained to become a professional ballet dancer. She met her future husband, Hugh, a second-generation Japanese Canadian, when he resided at his sister’s home in Tokyo located close to Akiko’s family home. Hugh was studying at a Japanese university at the time. They married on March 16, 1960, and she came to live permanently in Toronto, Canada. Akiko joined the Nichiren Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai in May, 1962. She started a new life dedicating herself in service to others as the first trailblazer for the future SGI Canada organization. She was eventually appointed chairperson, one of few women to be appointed to top SGI leadership in the world at the time, and valiantly dedicated her life to building a solid core of SGI membership throughout Canada. Akiko was mother to three children, Helen, Anne, and John as well as mother-in-law to Antonio, Frank and Gina. She was a proud grandmother to six grandchildren, Federika, Isabella, Heinrich, Aliya, Adam, and Derek. She enjoyed a life of absolute happiness. In her younger years, she travelled extensively throughout the world to places like Hawaii, Guam, Tokyo, USA, France, U.K., and to every corner of Canada, making countless lifelong friends and encouraging many people to lead a life of true happiness, always with a beautiful smile on her face. Akiko passed away peacefully on February 25, 2021 at 9:27am at age 85 after fulfilling her mission in this lifetime. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, fellow SGI members, and everyone whose lives she positively impacted. Her kindness, her compassion, her warmth, her sincerity, her integrity will never be forgotten. She will forever be with us in our hearts. We welcome sharing your written memories and photos in the Guestbook. In lieu of flowers as the memorial service is virtual, donations to SGI Canada or Princess Margaret Cancer Centre would be greatly appreciated. An online memorial service for Mrs. Izumi will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 4:00pm Eastern Time (1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 5:00pm AT, 5:30pm NT). The link will open at 3:40pm, at which time a five-minute slide show will be presented until the start of the memorial service. https://sgicanada.zoom.us/j/91349499025?pwd=L2hUM1UwZExtU2VCUkw5WjFiS2Fjdz09 Meeting ID: 913 4949 9025 Password: 320079 Dial by your location 1 855 703 8985 Canada Toll-free 1 888 788 0099 or 1 877 853 5247 US Toll-free Meeting ID: 913 4949 9025 Password: 320079 **If the webinar is at capacity, please click “Watch Live Stream”. A new webpage will open. Click the link to open the live stream. You may also visit the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/FUuHbvovJAo Please note: The YouTube video will be in English only.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Akiko Izumi hosted by Highland Funeral Home - Markham Chapel.

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