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David Fumio Sunahara

December 29, 1944 ~ November 16, 2022 (age 77)


Husband, Friend, Teacher, Gardener, Sociologist, Volunteer, Chef, Glass Artist.

David left us peacefully on November 16 2022 after a good life characterized by much love, humour, travel, study, adventure, banter, friendship, creativity, and intellectual rigour.

Born to the late Tamotsu and Marion (Hoshino) Sunahara in Slocan BC and raised with siblings Setsuko Joane, Reginald, and Michiko Jane Eddington in London ON, David attended the London Teachers’ College; taught primary school in St Thomas ON; sky-dived 200 times; volunteered with CUSO in Sarawak Malaysia where he met his future wife Ann (Gomer); and travelled through Asia and Europe.  Back in Canada, he married Ann and encouraged her work on Japanese Canadian history while he studied at Western (BA MA) and UofA (PhD). Policing management, especially First Nations Policing, was the focus of his professional life. Privately, his gardening, his many community activities, his dinner parties and his glass butchering rounded out his world.  

He will be greatly missed by Ann and both their families, friends and neighbours. He did not want a funeral so we will gather in the spring when his garden is in bloom to celebrate his life. 

In his honour, please donate generously to your local Food Bank or to the charity that he most respected: Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family


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