Category Archive: Memorial Site

Oct 31 2010

Master Ruan Dong RIP

I’m sorry to report that one of the original 1984 delegation from China that attended my Summer Camp on Thompson Island, passed away. A friend sent me an e-mail saying that he died last month (I’m assuming September) after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer. I clearly remember the many hours spent with him and …

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Dec 28 2009

Harry Benfield dies. . .

Dear George Apologies for being the bearer of bad news but Harry died, last month, after a long term illness stretching over 5 years known as Pick’s disease (a severe form of alzheimers). Before that he spent the last 15 years teaching with a small group of loyal students with which he continued to train in a very …

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May 10 2009

Harry Benfield Dies!

Dear George Apologies for being the bearer of bad news but Harry died, last month, after a long term illness stretching over 5 years known as Pick’s disease (a severe form of alzheimers). Before that he spent the last 15 years teaching with a small group of loyal students with which he continued to train in a very …

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Apr 11 2009

Toyama Sensei

The Uechi World Mournes the Loss of a Great Karate Master! At the end of mourning, there is still sadness, but it is a wistful sadness that is tempered by the happy memories that we still possess.   From Seizan (Gordi Breyette)And Sumako Matsuda-Breyette Hello Friends, Students and Family, I am sorry there is not …

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Dec 18 2008

Tia

Tia: May 10, 1994 – Dec 17, 2008 Yesterday, Sue and I maintained our regular daily routine with Tia. We both knew our beloved Tia was failing, yet neither one of us wanted to talk about what we needed to do. Tia was suffering from Cushing disease, which she had for more than five years, …

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Dec 11 2008

Dorothy Reitman

I am greatly saddened that we lost Dorothy Reitman last Saturday. She passed away peacefully at home in her sleep during the night. Dorothy was well loved and I truly apologize if this is your first notice of this tragic news. I tried to contact everyone by phone before sending this out, but was unable …

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Dec 11 2008

Edward Gordon

Edward A. Gordon, shodan, died on April 17, 1999. Dear Mr. Mattson, I regret to inform you of the passing of Edward A. Gordon on April 17, 1999. He along with my father, Phil Christie, were students of Mattson Academy in the 1970′s. At his memorial service, there was a dedicated collage of Uechi-ryu pictures. …

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Dec 11 2008

Lewis C. (Rad) Smith III

Lewis C. (Rad) Smith III, Nidan, Rad Smith Rad Smith is a nidan (second degree black belt) in Uechi Ryu, a traditional Chinese-Okinawan martial art. He achieved his rank while studying under George Mattson (presently 9th degree) in the latter 1960s/early 1970s when true, traditional karate was still a rare phenomenon. Rad moved to Charlottesville in …

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Dec 11 2008

Carol Schiff

Carol Schiff:Carol worked for me in Boston in the office. She also was a dedicated Uechi practitioner who attained the rank of nidan.

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Dec 11 2008

Dr. Mark Steven Chagnon

Dr. Mark Steven Chagnon, NidanDOB-DOD 7-15-53 – 8-13-97 Home Atkinson N.H

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