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On May 3, 2020, Karen Teresa Akagi passed away at home at the age of 58. Karen was born and raised in
Cranbrook, BC and had a long career as an accountant in Vancouver.
Karen’s natural curiosity made her a life-long student of many interests. She loved getting to know
people and making new friends on her many travels around the world. She was a generous host and
enjoyed sharing her love of food, especially her famous Japanese cheesecake, with family and friends.
Karen was a kind, sensitive and independent soul. She was known for her friendly smile, quiet
determination and positive outlook on life.
She will be forever missed by her parents, Tye and Aiko Marion, sister Linda, brother Ty, nieces Kiana
and Keeley, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Karen’s family is grateful to everyone who provided support to her. A special thank you to her cousins
Sandra and Tobi who provided such loving and dedicated care in her final weeks.
There will be no service as per Karen’s wishes.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity.

Condolence Messages

  1. Debbie Gray

    28 May 2020 1 week ago

    Karen was a deeply caring soul and was always inquisitive. She always loved learning new things. I knew her for 35 years and she was the first person I worked with at my first full time job in downtown Vancouver. She was a great mentor.

    Her and I took cooking courses together, went out for some great meals and wine, and we went to Europe many years ago. A trip I have always cherished. She had non stop energy and had a way of meeting people everywhere we went. Everyone who met her was very lucky. She was a true joy to be around, her smile was infectious.

    Karen will be missed. She is a part of me and will never be forgotten.

    Deepest sympathies to Mr and Mrs Akagi, Linda, Ty and extended family. Karen talked with great admiration about everyone.

  2. Sonya Wirawan

    21 May 2020 2 weeks ago

    Hi Ty,
    I’m so sorry to hear the passing of your sister, Karen. My deepest sympathy to you and your family including your mom and dad. May God gives strength to you all in this difficult time.

  3. Marguerite Burgess

    15 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    Dear Marion and Tye,
    We were so sorry to read of your daughter, Karen’s passing.
    Our most sincere condolences to each one of you.
    Terry and Marguerite Burgess

  4. Barb Wohl & Paul Daniels

    15 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    With Deepest Sympathy to the Akagi Family,

    Karen was a dear friend, we met about 13 years ago and always kept in touch, making a point to get together to share a meal, good conversation, attend a concert or other event. Karen was a beautiful person and her friendship meant a lot to me and my husband Paul. She had a unique, generous soul – truly kind, caring and always thinking of others. Her positive outlook and thirst for learning were infectious, she enjoyed life and I was lucky she shared some of her many passions with me, including art dance, music, film, wine and food. I will miss hearing about her amazing, adventurous travels, she loved exploring the world as well as spending time with her family whom she cherished deeply.

    We will always keep memories of happy times with Karen close to our hearts. She will be forever missed.

  5. Dana (MacDonald) Morrison

    15 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    Mr. and Mrs Akagi, Linda and Ty,
    I am so sorry to hear about Karen. My memories of Karen are from when your family was living in Cranbrook. She was very young. Linda and I would be practicing our piano duets and Karen would be there, smiling and happy. The beautiful picture you have chosen to share with us shows me her happy, smiling face once again. Thank you.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.

  6. Warren Yamasaki / Cheryl Kosaka

    14 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    Our deepest condolences to Linda and the Akagi family. I met Karen through work as an accountant and found out about her passion for wine as she was leaving the Company to study wine making in Ontario. Both my wife and I kept in touch and continued our encounters over fine wine and food over many years. She spoke so passionately about both and her trips with family members. She will be missed and never forgotten.

  7. Tessa D'Aguiar

    13 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    While I did not go to school with Karen I got to know her through my sisters and soon the whole family got to know her.i was very saddened to learn of her passing , I will never forget her bright smile and soft voice. Our family will miss knowing she is not around anymore and our thoughts and prayers are with the Akagi family. So long Karen until we meet again

  8. Judy (Aikman) Taylor

    13 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am to hear of Karen’s passing. She was a kind and generous person and I am lucky to call her my friend. My deepest sympathies to the Akagi family.

  9. Pat & Dunc MacDonald

    13 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the Akagi family. We have fond memories of the girls and their participation in music events, choirs, band and especially piano events under Edna Gilmour. We remember Tye Jr.’s hockey years. Tye and Marion and the family were greatly missed when they moved.. I think it was to the Okanagan. That was certainly a loss to Cranbrook and a gain to, I believe, Kelowna.

    Pat & Dunc MacDonald

  10. Marnie Peet

    13 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    Dear Marion, Ty and Family:
    So very sorry and saddened to learn of Karen’s passing. Her photo exemplifies who she was – – very loving, very caring and such a beautiful and happy person.
    Sincerest condolences, Marnie Peet

  11. Shelley Arnold ( D’Aguiar)

    12 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    I got to know Karen through my sisters (Suzanne and Deborah D’Aguiar)who were high school mates of Karen.
    Karen came on many of our girl trips in earlier days and made them very memorable and lots of fun..
    That beautiful smile of hers is what I will always remember.
    May her memory be a blessing to her parents, Linda ,Ty and her extended family.

  12. Deborah D'Aguiar

    12 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    Karen was a lovely, friendly person – I am lucky to have known her. Although we regrettably lost touch these past many years – I will forever have the fond memories of our many travelling adventures together. Her lovely smiling face will always be in our thoughts when we think of her. My most heartfelt condolences to Mr. & Mrs. Akagi, Linda, Ty and all the family. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Suzanne Strilesky (D’Aguiar)

    12 May 2020 3 weeks ago

    Mr & Mrs Akagi , Linda & Ty

    I am deeply saddened to read & hear of Karen’s passing, I have missed her over the years, she was a great friend and person, I’ve thought of her often over the years …so many wonderful memories of our trips and hanging out , she was always there for a shoulder and a laugh. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

  14. Erin (Hoole) Petrie

    11 May 2020 4 weeks ago

    Dear Mr and Mrs Akagi, Linda and Ty,

    I am so sorry to read of Karen’s passing. I remember her as a lovely and sweet person. Linda and I were in the same grade and I recall that Karen was a delightful ‘little sister’ – fun to be around.

    My heart goes out to you in your time of loss. I hope your memories of Karen sustain you and bring you joy.

  15. Kurt Swanson

    09 May 2020 4 weeks ago

    Wow i am shocked. Karen was always a wonderful person to be around. God bless this great family in your time of grief.

  16. Mark Ward

    09 May 2020 4 weeks ago

    Ty and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. The years Karen lived in Cranbrook I would see her occasionally and she was always smiling. My sympathies to you, your Mom and Dad, Linda and extended family.

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