Yumi loved to laugh. She was a special person who brought a positive light to everyone in her life.
In 1992, Yumi met Greg while visiting from Japan – her Vancouver vacation turned out to be the beginning of a beautiful adventure together. With humour, tenacity and determination, Yumi built an exceptional career in design, winning over the Vancouver advertising community with English as a second language and zero formal training. Her work ethic was second-to-none, and she truly strived for excellence in everything she did. She was a skilled and joyful addition to her teams.
Yumi’s smile and laugh were the absolute best. She had an endearing way of effortlessly winning over everyone she met, and we all felt lucky to have her in our world. Though she loved her people, it was animals that really stole her heart. When she wasn’t watching online videos of puppies and kittens, Yumi was lovingly raising 3 cats and a beautiful California rescue dog or shamelessly showering stranger’s dogs with hugs.
Nobody could have guessed that Yumi was living with cancer. For 21 years, she determined not to let it define her or get in her way. Living a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise and joy, she avoided chemotherapy and thrived. Yumi was happiest surrounded by friends – turning Cancer fundraising walks and dragon boating into one big party.
Yumi passed away on Monday May 4th in the North Shore Hospice after a well-fought battle with challenging complications. Until the end, she was strong and determined and an inspiration to family and friends.
She is incredibly loved and missed.
We will be holding a small, private celebration of life for very close family and friends. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider a donation in Yumi’s name to one of the following charities: