Bishop Dwight Ryokan Nakamura
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 6, 1926
  • Place of birth:
    Iwakura, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Date of passing: Mar 23, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Let the memory of Bishop Dwight Ryokan Nakamura be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bishop Dwight Nakamura, 88, born on June 6, 1926 and passed away on March 23, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by D'Ann Hershel on 24th March 2016

"Remembering his kind and gentle spirit.  So blessed to have known him."

This tribute was added by Shelley Asao on 23rd March 2016

"Can't believe a year has passed since the passing of Bishop Nakamura!  Although our meeting in the past was short, his kindness and compassion left a lasting impression!  His sweet smile and face spread love and warmth to all around him.  Missing him and wishing him peace and love as he rests in peace!  With live..."

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 23rd March 2016

"Thinking of our beloved dad the past few days.....today marks the one year memorial anniversary of his entering into Nirvana.  I believe he is joyfully reunited with our mom and brother Earnest and living in perfect and harmonious bliss.
  A warm-hearted, kind, compassionate and generous man of the Jodo Buddhist faith attuned to communicating in ways all people could understand. he had a conviction with the strongest sense of devotion to helping others, especially centered around teaching and sharing the Nembutsu.  His life revolved around his work.  He sacrificed himself for his faith and recited the Nembutsu with his last breath.
   Grandpa NamuNamu we miss you....Love you."

This tribute was added by sharleen shidaki on 6th June 2015

"Happy Birthday Uncle!!!!"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 6th June 2015

"HAPPY 89TH BIRTHDAY DAD!!    6-6-26."

This tribute was added by Sharan Ro on 21st April 2015

"Aloha Chandra,

I am thinking of you and sending my love and blessings to you and your family, holding you in love and grace.

Was wondering how your Dad is, and found this site and the news.
A long, hard pause and reflection tonight. Words cannot adequately convey the powerful devotion and joyful spirit of your Dad in this lifetime and the incredible work and significant influence he has made.

...An incredible wayshower and model to follow, one who touched me deeply and brought in beautiful you.

You did an amazing and incredible tribute for such an amazing and beautiful soul.

Please let me know how I can support you. I love you.

Love and blessings, Sharan"

This tribute was added by Yubun Narashiba on 8th April 2015

"Dear Chandra and Dana,

I am so sorry for your father's passing away.

Your father was a great bishop. He was the bishop who interviewed me in Japan and let me come to Hawaii to work as a minister. That was more than 30 years ago.

He was a good calligrapher, too. When I asked him to write Japanese Kanji characters to make fonts for computer based on his hand writing, he said he can not write with a brush anymore. It was too late.

We will really miss him.

Namu Amida Butsu.
In Gassho,

Rev. Yubun Narashiba
Jodo Mission of Hawaii"

This tribute was added by Tena Funakoshi on 6th April 2015

"Dearest Chandra,

...In the darksome night of despair, my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor and at the hour of dawn my drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection. He whom the grace of Thy mercy aideth, though he be but a drop, shall become the boundless ocean, and the merest atom which the outpouring of Thy loving-kindness assisteth, shall shine even as the radiant star.....

May your father rest in peace.

Sending our deepest sympathy,

Tena and Wade"

This tribute was added by Linda Holsinger on 2nd April 2015

"Dearest Chan and Dana:  Your dad will be missed so much.  He was such a passionate, caring and loving individual -- truly one of the most amazing persons I have known.  The Bishop (my Reverend Uncle, as I will always remember him) touched so many in his lifetime.  Thought about some great memories.  Take care.  Hugs, Auntie Linda"

This tribute was added by JeanNSam Kuboyama on 31st March 2015

"Chandra and family,

Please accept our deepest condolences.  Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and let us know if we can be of any help."

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 30th March 2015

"Hearing of my uncle ‘death

Dear Reiko
It has been a long time since I last contacted you.  I was shocked at the news of my uncle’s unexpected death
I have been concerned about him since I have not been in touch with him recently.
My last memory with him was 3 years ago when he visited Japan.
Since that time I met him, I saw that his health was declining so I have been concerned about him for a while.
I heard that Mieko visited him and that she was able to see him in a peaceful state.
I am sorry and saddened by his departure. However, I was relieved to hear that his family could be close to him when he passed.
I can’t imagine how sad you and Yoko san's are right now.
Once you both have settled down, please let me know how we can help.
I have contacted his siblings in Japan about his death.
They would like to have a ceremony to bid farewell to him.
I pray that our uncle rest in peace.


Sincerely yours   Gassho
                                                                                                      Tetsuo Nakamura"

This tribute was added by Hisae Tanikawa on 30th March 2015

"Dear Chandra,

We are deeply shocked to hear of the death of Ryokan ojisan.
Our thought are with your family at this most difficult time of loss.

Sincerely,

Hisae Tanikawa"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"Dearest Reiko, Yoko

I was so surprised and shocked to hear your father had passed away through Mieko’s phone call from Boston.
I know what a loss this must be to you. Any words are not much comfort at a time like this, but I just wanted to say,
I am here to help you in any way I can.

Sincerely,
Makoto Shibagaki"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"Dear Chandra,

Thank you for sending Ryokan ojisan's memorial website.
I have started making an album of photos we have taken with him
while listening to the"onenbutsu" CD that he gave me.
I feel so blessed that I have so many wonderful memories of him but
miss him so much.
Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family and please
take care of yourself.
Please know we are always here for you.

Mieko Yamamoto"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"Chandra
Sorry to read about the passing of your dad.
I am sure you miss him. (I didn’t realize he wasn’t here with you.)
My condolences to you and family

Lei Fukuhara"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"Chandra and Dana I would like to extend my deepest sympathy of your loss.  Your dad will be missed dearly.

Love always,


Sharleen Shidaki"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"Hi Chandra,

Thanks for sharing this - it was lovely.

I found it really interesting because my grandfather passed away almost 2 years ago and his name was Charles Bishop Dwight III. Small world huh?

Take care,


Rachel M. Glanstein, PRP"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"I am so sad to hear about the passing of your Dad . He was such a kind person and had such a cute smile, kinda like the one you inherited from him. If we can help in any way, let us know.
            Fondest Aloha,
            Brenda Lee"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"Hi Chandra,

What a beautiful memorial to your Dad.
I just want to express my condolences and Aloha to you and your family.
I so admire your strength and mana’ with all of the things that you do for your community and your family …. You are a true inspiration for us all.
May your father Rest in Peace …

~Victor"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 29th March 2015

"Dear Reiko,Yoko
We are all deeply shocked to hear of the death of your father
and we would like to offer deepest sympathy.

Sincerely   Yukio Nakamura, Tokyo, Japan"

This tribute was added by Laura Hahn on 27th March 2015

""In the end, only three things matter:
How much you loved,
how gently you lived, and
how gracefully you let go
of things not meant for you."      Buddha

Bishop Nakamura loved much and many ... He walked among us
with grace, wisdom, humility, and laughter ! Always the laughter !!!
He has let go of this shell here on earth ... He will always be in
our hearts ... He will be remembered ... He will be loved ..."

This tribute was added by Oress Kawakami on 25th March 2015

"Chandra....your father will be missed so much by all the ladies of the Ohara Hawaii Chapter.  He was such an addition to our luncheons    Please let me know what I could do to help you and your family.  I am so sad to hear of his passing.  Call me any time.  Night or day.  Miss you.   oress"

This tribute was added by Kevin A on 25th March 2015

"Although, I have not had the privilege to meet Bishop Dwight Nakamura; I feel that I know him through his daughter Chandra. Chandra is one with high standards, great expectations, an exceptional example of being the best we can be. It can be attributed to Bishop Nakamura who I believe to be a spiritual leader in his own right. This is the legacy he has left for his congregation, friends and most of all his family.
It is also, reassuring to know there is hope that we will be able be with our loved ones in the next life.
With deepest sympathy, much love and Aloha to you and your family Chandra."

This tribute was added by Ben N Diane Yrizarry on 25th March 2015

"Chandra, thank you for sharing so much about you Dad with us. He was a remarkable man! I'm glad that Ben and I had the opportunity to meet him!
Our condolences to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Ben N Diane Yrizarry on 25th March 2015

"Chandra, thank you for sharing so much about your Dad with us! He was a remarkable man! I'm glad that Ben and I had the chance to meet him.
Our condolences to you and your family!"

This tribute was added by C F on 25th March 2015

"My dear CBQ,
"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller
With love and sympathy"

This tribute was added by Arleen Tamashiro on 25th March 2015

"My condolences to you and your family Chandra . I know your dad was a big influence in your life and you are a strong woman because of this."

This tribute was added by Arleen Tamashiro on 25th March 2015

"My condolences to you and your family Chandra . I know your dad was a big influence in your life and you are a strong woman because of this."

This tribute was added by Shelley Asao on 25th March 2015

"I am so blessed to have met Bishop Dwight Nakamura at one of our LDS Cultural Activities.  He was like a breath of fresh air and like a little boy in a candy store, talking to people and partaking in the many different kinds of ethnic foods.  What a joy it was to have his sweet spirit with us that evening.  Thank you, Bishop Nakamura, for leaving your footprint on my heart.  Aloha...for now...until we meet again!"

This tribute was added by Chandra Kanemaru on 25th March 2015

"In loving remembrance of "Grandpa Namu Namu"

~  Life never dies, although we live....In midst of change and death,
    only the forms shall pass away...and not the spirit's breath.

~ The consciousness can never die....although it seems to fade, it doth
   but pass to other forms which thoughts and acts have made.

~ "There is no death," all nature cries...The rose will reappear,
    its petals will more perfect be after the winter drear.
                                                                ~Dorothy Hunt"


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