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Fumio Toyoda passes away

Fumio Toyoda shihan and founder of Aikido Association of America and Aikido Association International died of a bacterial infection July 4th, according to a notice posted by Andrew Sato, secretary of Aikido Association of America.

Should anyone have further questions, please contact Elisabeth Menning or Andrew Sato at AAA headquarters.

According to the Chicago Tribune:
Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 7, at the Lakeview Chapel Funeral Home, 1458 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. and
the Service from 6 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the Toyoda family requests "koden"-the Buddhist tradition of bringing a gift to help offset funeral costs or in memory of Toyoda Sensei. These donations may be made to either the Toyoda Family or to Aikido International Foundation and may be mailed c/o Tenshinkan Dojo, 1016 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657.

Fumio Toyoda will be laid to rest on Monday, July 9th, 2001 at 11:30AM at memorial Park Cemetary in Skokie, Illinois. The funeral procession will leave the Lakeview Funeral Home at 10:30AM. 

The ceremony is open to the public.

Our deepest condolences to his family, his organization and his students. 

Many thanks to Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal and Mark Binder for giving us the first "heads-up" on this sad event. 


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1978 C. Matrasko

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