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Tadashi “Tad” Yoshii

July 28, 1921 - October 8, 2023
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Sunday 11/19, 1:00 pm

Friends are invited to a Memorial Celebration for Tad’s life at Sunset Mortuary on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 1 p.m. A live stream will be available. A reception will follow at the Berkeley Methodist United Church at 1710 Carleton Avenue in Berkeley, CA. 


In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Tad’s memory can be made to J-Sei, a Japanese American community service agency which provided key support programs for Tad and Lily in their aging years.

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Berkeley Methodist United Church
Sunday 11/19, 3:00 pm

Proud. Feisty. Gregarious and humorous. A charming and entertaining storyteller. Kind, when he wanted to be. His grandchildren gasped in delight at his magic trick wizardry and fondly recall how he stood outside to wave goodbye as you drove away and waited until you were completely out of sight before walking back towards his house. Continue Reading

Johnny ng left a message on November 21, 2023:
In the early 60's, Mr Y would pick me up to play bball if I needed a ride. He definitely made a point to drive me to church as it was a requirement to be a member to play ball. Always cheerful and pleasant. Cheers dude!!
Greg Magofna left a message on November 20, 2023:
Tad was always such a burst of energy and a pleasure to run into. His service well into his life will not be forgotten. Love to all of you!
Frances Fong left a message on November 19, 2023:
Sending prayers & love to all the Yoshii Family as you remember & celebrate the life of Tadashi today & always. Blessings, Frances
Joe Yoshino left a message on November 19, 2023:
Leona and I went on the 2019 BVUMC Topaz Pilgrimage with Mr. Yoshi . With Tad we had 4 generations represented . Tad being there made really added to the special feeling I got from the journey with the church my grandparents, aunts and uncles were members of . Joe Yoshino and Leona Lau
Kim Caluza & Eric Chin left a message on November 19, 2023:
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Yoshii family. Tad welcomed us into his home for the Christmas holidays when we were living far away from our family. Those Christmases were some of the best we’ve ever had! We will always cherish those memories of his warm and welcoming spirit.
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Wendy Hanamura left a message on November 18, 2023:
What a magnificent life! Faith, family, friends. Laughter, loyalty, and a loving spouse. Those seem like Tad's secret sauce. The magic that kept the twinkle in his eye til the very end. We would indeed see Tad walk by my mother's house in ElCerrito in the early days...perhaps on his way to Sunset? It was special sharing a bus with Tad and his family to Topaz. His smile and infectious optimism were uplifting. I think the last time we spent time with Tad was during COVID. Our friend and trumpet player, Mark Inouye, staged an impromptu concert in my mother's driveway. Tad and his caregiver drove up in their van, rolled down the windows and listened. He may have tired of the classical music, or maybe he was just tired, so they drove away. How lucky you all are to have had your dad and grandfather and great-grandfather for so many years--smiling til the end.
Natalie Shew left a message on November 12, 2023:
Dear Ken, Mike, Judy and Family, We are so sad to hear of Tad's passing but also happy and impressed that he lived such a long and incredible life surrounded by a loving family. He will be remembered for his bright smile, contagious laughter and kind heart. He will be missed. Know that our thoughts are with you all. Love, Natalie, Cal, Dana & Stephanie
Dianne and Michael Omi left a message on November 10, 2023:
Deepest sympathies to the Yoshii Family. Your Dad was so full of life. He had the best smile and a twinkle in his eyes. Will always remember him.
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Tadashi Yoshii . Plant a Tree
Anonymous left a message on November 6, 2023:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jennifer, Benny, Kenneth, Lauren and Erick, Catherine and Justin
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Tadashi Yoshii by Anonymous. Send Flowers
A tree was also planted in memory of Tadashi Yoshii
Kaz & Anny Takahashi left a message on November 3, 2023:
Tad was one of the best motivational speakers who provided comfort, hope, and inspiration when we desperately longed. What made him unique was, however, that he did not need many words to speak; his signature smile simply manifested comfort and encouragement like a haft of light. When approaching us with that smile, he would tell a joke or two that made us, even ESL people, into laughter until in tears. In Heaven, God must be telling him, who would enjoy thoroughly dancing with Lilly, to go to a line of saints. We hope the lovely couple enjoy some swing tunes that we play for them, starting from “You’d Be Nice to Come Home to.” The next may be… Tad! How about “My Romance”…?
David & Ellen Inada left a message on November 2, 2023:
Your father, Mr. Yoshii, had such a warm and outgoing personality. He will be missed.
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Tadashi Yoshii . Plant a Tree
Dorothy Torres left a message on November 2, 2023:
So sorry for your loss Yoshii family and friends. Remembering my early years in Berkeley, growing up next to the best neighbors!
Sandy Price left a message on November 2, 2023:
Ken and Family, My sincere condolences to you and your family. Your Father lived a meaningful life. May he rest in peace. Sandy Price
Saika Chen Family left a message on November 1, 2023:
Chris Mochizuki and Cynthia Kadonaga left a message on November 1, 2023:
Please know that we are with all of you in your sorrow. We’ll probably fall far short of the support and grace we received from Rev. Yoshii when our own mother and father died, but we will try our best nonetheless.
Fahmi Manasra left a message on October 31, 2023:
Rest in peace....
Sunset View Mortuary left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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