It’s with great sadness that the family of Debbie Sugiyama announces her peaceful passing on November 18, 2016 at the age of 66 years. Debbie passed away after a long battle with cancer and related complications.
She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 44 years, Shin–semicolon– daughter Jeni (Eric) Pearson and grandson Luke–semicolon– son Josh (Lesley) Sugiyama and grandchildren, Blake, Fiona–semicolon– brother Greg (Brenda Henley) Anderson and their sons, Scott, Mark–semicolon– sister-in-law Cyndi Eyjolfsson–semicolon– nephews, Kyle and Brett Anderson–semicolon– and family overseas in Hokkaido, Japan.
Debbie was predeceased by her father Henry Auby Anderson–semicolon– mother Lila Anderson–semicolon– and brother Kevin Anderson.
Debbie was born and raised in Calgary, moving to Japan in 1969 where she met her husband and worked as an ESL instructor at Aoyama Women’s Junior College in Tokyo, Japan. They moved to Canada in 1977 and raised their children in Edmonton, where Debbie had a long career with Edmonton Public Schools and had taught ESL classes at Grant MacEwan College and the University of Alberta. A loving wife, devoted mom, proud grandma and caring friend, Debbie was an incredibly strong and selfless woman who was the rock of her family. Her strength and caring will live on in her husband and children. Debbie will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Chu and the staff at the Cross Cancer Institute, and dedicated doctors and nurses in the ICU at the University of Alberta Hospital for providing their support and care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada at 804-2 Lansing Square, Toronto, ON, M2J 4P8, www.lls.org/canada.
A Celebration of Debbie’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street NW, Edmonton.