Category Archive: Memorial Site

Jan 22 2021

R.I.P. Sensei Van Canna

Van Canna died today from Covid 19, after a brief illness. The Uechi-ryu world has lost a true friend and wonderful person.  Van was a moderator for the popular Uechi forum found on this site. He also wrote frequently on a special posting called “For Sale – This Old House”. Below is his last entry, …

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Happy Days – Warren Chaille with Judy Durkin!

 
RIP Warren Chaille (1928-2020).
 
Our hearts are so saddened by the loss of this great master, warrior, man and friend . Warren was a Dojo treasure and still performed a strong Sanchin at the age of 92!
 
He passed away peacefully at his home this past Saturday.
 

Warren began his Uechi Karate in 1970 and opened his dojo in Arlington, MA in 1973. His dojo later became the Melrose dojo which has since been taken over by Warren’s senior student Bill Adams who still teaches there today. Warren loved his karate and even travelled to Okinawa to study with Mr. Uechi. He was born the same year as Mr. Tomoyose, and the two of them loved that fact! Warren had such a great spirit and all the Okinawans loved his company.
Warren was the first person to ever receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to Uechiryu. Warren thoroughly enjoyed working out at the Atkinson dojo, driving from Saugus, MA to Atkinson, NH three times each week at the age of 91. From the most junior students to the most senior students, all enjoyed learning from Warren and just being around him. He had such a positive outlook on life!
His influence on so many karate-ka will be felt for generations. We will miss you Warren, but you will never be forgotten.

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Jan 10 2020

R.I.P. Edward Reavey

REAVEY, Edward Of Dedham Mass died unexpectedly on January 7, 2020. He is survived by his two children Shannon and Edward Reavey, and his brother Fran Reavey. He loved taking care of his salt water fish, dogs, pistol shooting, and brewing beer and wine. He attended Suffolk University and worked as a Boston Police Officer, …

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Nov 28 2019

R.I.P. Master Charles Merhib

It is with great sadness that I report to you the passing of Master Charles Merhib today at 12:40 PM. (11/26/2019) Charlie was 93 years old and had practiced Uechi Ryu Karate Do as a member of the Walter Mattson Dojo Group for more than 50 years. He was a great friend of late Master …

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Apr 11 2019

GrandMaster Ryuko Tomoyose Passes!

Death Notice from Okinawa: Attached are Ryuko Tomoyose’s funeral announcement. One is Japanese message as a death announcement ( I send this document as authentication!) and my translation. There are more articles about him by master Nakahodo and his profile from Okinawa Time on the same day. I have to go to his funeral this …

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Mar 09 2019

John Sullivan. . . R.I.P.

Posted on Facebook by Judy Durkin The world lost a wonderful, kind and gentle friend today…John Sullivan was a US Marine, a Vietnam Combat Veteran, police officer, a Uechi Ryu International Master, 9th Dan and, most importantly, an amazing husband, dad, family man. Rest In Peace, our friend. 🙏❤️ John was a warrior in the true …

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Feb 12 2019

St. George Powell. . . R.I.P.

Powell Tribute from Bermuda Arts & Fitness Academy classmates   Good afternoon everyone… My name is Al Wharton, I was previously head of the Bermuda Arts & Fitness Academy…So I have the honor of reading a few words on behalf of some of the classmates who are here to share our deepest condolences to the …

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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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