Category Archive: Memorial Site

Sep 02 2018

Dennis DesJardin – RIP

Submitte by Al Bennett Dennis DesJardin (6/2/50 to 8/23/18) was a Third Degree Black Belt in Uechi-ryu Karate-do. He passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Last time I did Uechi-Ryu with Dennis was at the Sebring Race Track in 2005. He started Isshin-ryu karate in high school and started Uechi-ryu in Kalamazoo in the …

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Jul 26 2018

John Thurston Passes. . .

John Thurston, an Attorney and long-time resident of Marshfield, passed away on July 21, 2018 at the age of 72. John was a beloved husband and father and was a man of many interests. He achieved a 6th degree blackbelt in Uechi-Ryu Karate, and taught classes for many years.He was the beloved husband of Joan …

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May 24 2018

Sensei John Bassett Passes

Good Afternoon Sensei George Mattson,  I was tasked with forwarding this information to your attention Re: the passing of our Senior Sensei – John Bassett.  My Teacher Sensei Curtis Smart will be hosting a memorial service “Celebration of Life” for family friends Saturday May 26 at 1393 Pineapple Avenue, Eau Gallie, FL 32935 at 5 …

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Mar 10 2018

Peter McRae – R.I.P.

The Uechi Ryu Karate Do family lost one of its most significant members on February 26, 2018 with the passing of Master Peter McRae. Peter was eloquently eulogized privately and publicly throughout the course of his wake and funeral. Rather than eulogize, I would like to pay tribute to a life truly well lived. Peter …

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Oct 22 2016

Victor Swinimer. . . R.I.P.

The Uechi world morns the passing of Victor Swinimer –  a dear friend  and super martial artist.        

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Sep 02 2016

Passing of Joe Marzilli

Dear Mr George Mattson, my name is Carlos Lopez, I was a Student and a friend of Joe Marzilli back in the 90s. I later train with Rick Potrekus in Lake Worth, florida.  It is with deep sorrow that I give you the bad news of the passing of Sensei Joe Marzilli in April 21,2016 …

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Mar 02 2016

Russ Chase Passes. . .

Russell Chase died on Okinawa from respiratory failure do to an infection in his lungs. Russ was a wonderful roll model for his students and a dedicated hard working Uechi practitioner. He will certainly be missed.

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Dec 27 2015

Another Dear Friend Passes. . .

David Finkelstein Passes A great intellectual, martial artist, writer, and friend passed away peacefully yesterday, on Christmas Eve. David Finkelstein did so shortly after the passing of his longtime companion Evelyn. If you believe in heaven, they’re now together forever. My first Uechi Ryu instructor was the late Rad Smith – a man who came …

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Sep 17 2015

Max Ainley. . . RIP

Build your own dojo with 3 simple steps! The beautiful story of Sensei Max Ainley’s dojo Quite surely most Karate practitioners would want their own private dojo one day. Not all succeed though. Only the ones willing to put much effort and believe in their dream do. Similar is the story of Sensei Max Ainley, from …

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Sep 13 2015

RIP Kanmei Uechi!

Uechi Sensei was hospitalized with Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) on Sept 11, 2015 .This illness took his life on September 13 and Funeral was held on  September.

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