519 Victoria Street East
Alliston, ON L9R 1K1
Phone: 705-435-3535
Dianne Nishikawa

Dianne Nishikawa

Monday, July 4th, 1960 - Sunday, June 16th, 2019
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On June 16, 2019 with her husband, children and sisters lovingly caring for her, Dianne Naomi Nishikawa died peacefully at home.

Born July 4, 1960 in Toronto Ontario, predeceased by her mother Sumi (Hayashi) and father Hugo (Yamamoto), Dianne grew up in Etobicoke and finished high school at Thistletown Collegiate Institute. She graduated Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1982. She was always one to make lasting friendships with those she met at School, in University and at St Andrews Anglican Church in Toronto. Her OT career began at Mississauga General Hospital and in 1987 she moved to Lacombe Alberta with the love of her life Richard. They married in 1988 and spent 11 years in Lacombe where they had four children Erin, Graham, Kevin and Mark. She worked at Red Deer Regional Hospital and helped establish a Back-Rehabilitation Program.

In 1996 she was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant with Mark and endured many treatments. In 1998 with much regret, Dianne and family moved back to Alliston Ontario to be closer to family. She resurrected her OT career at Southlake Regional Hospital and spent over 10 years helping people regain their health most recently with the Stroke Team. She gained the respect and admiration of co-workers before retiring due to her illness. She will be missed by them all.

Dianne had many passions. She loved to be outdoors, the highlight being hiking the Gros Morne Trail. She helped form a group of women called the Hot Mamas who every week did something together, whether it was skiing, cycling or enjoying a glass of wine. She sang Barbershop Style with Sugartones, was past president and also Bass Lead for the group. She sang in a number of quartets. People loved to be around Dianne. She made friends easily. What made her special was her way of understanding and enjoying people without judgement or prejudice.

Dianne’s three sisters Grace (Bill), Shirley (Brian), and Judy had a special bond with her. Nothing was too small to do for their baby sister. Dianne loved to travel with them, run road races with them, make chocolates with them. They were instrumental in caring and supporting Dianne over the last year. Her nephews Daniel, Martin, Matt (Lisa) and Jeff (Monique) will miss her. Her Husband’s family will also feel the loss of a wonderful sister-in-law/aunt who was the only person to win the annual Fins & Skins Family Tournament twice.

Dianne was especially proud of her children. It gave her great comfort to see them develop into confident, responsible, fun-loving people. Their lives are a tribute to her love and compassion and her habit of knowing when to say something and more importantly when to say nothing.

Finally, she will be especially missed by her husband Richard. After overcoming so many challenges, they learned to live life in the moment. Each day was cherished together. Each experience treasured. They lived without regrets…

Dianne’s visitation will be held at Drury Funeral Centre 519 Victoria St. E., Alliston on Thursday June 20 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The celebration of Dianne's life will be held in the chapel on Friday June 21 at 1:00 p.m. She asked that everyone wear bright, happy colours to remember her colourful, joyful life. In lieu of flowers a donation to Matthews House Hospice, Alliston or the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Toronto would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Drury Funeral Centre
    519 Victoria Street East
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, June 20th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Drury Funeral Centre
    519 Victoria Street East
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  • Service

    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, June 21st, 2019 1:00pm
    Drury Funeral Centre
    519 Victoria Street East
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  • Reception

    Gibson Centre
    63 Tupper St. W.
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Susan Willcox

Posted at 10:53am
Dear Richard, Erin, Graham, Kevin and Mark, we are so saddened to hear of Dianne's passing. She had such a warm, friendly way about her. Where some may develop frown lines over the years, Dianne only had smile lines. When we were planning the Habitat Guatemala trip, we knew we could always count on Dianne and Richard to be helpful and engaged, because anything her children were involved in was so important to her. She was so proud of her family, and it's a real testament to her that you've become such wonderful young adults. We are thinking of you all and offer our most sincere condolences.

Cam & Sue Willcox and family

heather Seich

Posted at 07:53am
Dianne was a wonderful positive person. Always had a helping hand a smile and a generous spirit. It was a pleasure to work with her, and a pleasure to know her. This is an incredible loss and I know I will remember her always. My thoughts go out to her family and loved ones. Dianne was one of a kind may we all endeavor to be as gracious and giving as she was.
Heather Seich R.N.

Kathy Mitchell

Posted at 07:52am
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to you Dr. Nishikawa and your children for the loss of your precious wife and mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Don and Kathy Mitchell

Therese Picco

Posted at 09:12am
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you Dr. Nishikawa and your children on the loss of your cherished and beloved wife and mother.
Therese Picco & Enrico Basco

Jennifer Kearns

Posted at 08:58am
Richard, Erin, Graham, Kevin, Mark and family
Thinking of you all today as you celebrate the life of your wonderful wife and mother! Dianne always had a friendly smile and was so caring and full of life. Sending you all love
Jenn & Joe Kearns and family

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