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Mr. Teddy Takahashi

Surrounded by his family, it is with deep sadness that the Takahashi family announce the peaceful passing of Teddy Toshiyuki Takahashi on Saturday, September 19th, 2020. He leaves behind his beloved wife Yoko Shirley Takahashi (Wakabayashi) who he shared his life with for over 43 years. He was a devoted father to 3 daughters, Tara, Tiffany (Mike) and Tesha and a loving papa to Hennley and Ronin. Teddy will be dearly missed by his 3 sisters, Minnie Nishizaki (and late husband Roy), Rose Okubo (and late husband Frank) and Florence Takahashi along with his many in-laws, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Shigetoshi Michael and Tomiko Takahashi.  We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Wolting and Dr. Wismer, LHIN Ontario, VON nurses, Bayshore PSWs, and the Rehab staff at Chatham Kent Health Alliance who showed nothing but kindness and compassion for Teddy.  Also, a big thank you to Dan and Anne Houle of Alexander & Houle Funeral Home for their support through our difficult time.

Teddy was born in South Westminster, British Columbia on November 21st, 1935.  During World War II his family was forced east across Canada in the internment camps until they reached Chatham, Ontario where they stayed and planted their roots amongst a strong Japanese Canadian community. As a young boy he played hockey and baseball. He moved up the ranks as a Scout receiving his “Bushman’s Thong” which made him the resourceful man that he was. Teddy was always very disciplined and had a work ethic like no other. He put himself through university at an older age than most, and even went back to school late in life to keep up with technology and his drafting skills.

Teddy worked hard his entire life, on his orchard that everyone called “The Farm”, and as a civil engineer for both the City of Chatham and then for himself. Earlier in his life you could find him on the ski slopes and then later in his years found a love for golf. Teddy loved the peacefulness of the outdoors, the beauty of architecture and capturing moments with his camera. He was a quiet man with a quirky sense of humor and a heart so big he made everyone, and anyone feel loved and important. He was grateful to his church family, his bowling family but most importantly his own family. Teddy would stop what he was doing anytime, anywhere to be there for someone in need.

He will be missed tremendously by all but remembered forever. The family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, 519-352-2710.  Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider St. Andrew’s United Church or a charity of choice. On-line condolences may be left at

Celebration of Life: To be announced at a later date.

Expressions of Sympathy: St. Andrew’s United Church or a charity of choice.

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