- 88 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 2, 1923
- Place of birth:
California, United States
- Date of passing: Mar 26, 2012
- Place of passing:
|Do not go gentle into that good night|
A funeral and memorial service were held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 13 April 2012 in Hong Kong at St. John's Cathedral, 8 Garden Road, Central.
The Committal took place at Cape Collinson Crematorium in Hong Kong.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at the Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188
A memorial dinner was held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Inurnment services with full military honors were held at Arlington National Cemetery at 11:00 am on August 16th, 2013.
In Lieu of Flowers
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of the following organizations:
Hearing Loss Association of America
Attn: Development Office
7910 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Japanese American Veterans Association
The Teru and Victor Matsui Scholarship Fund
Mark Nakagawa, Treasurer
9455 Park Hunt Court
Springfield, VA 22153
R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA
301 Sentara Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23188
As you must know by now, my mom has joined you, Auntie Teru, Grandma and Grandpa. Please give them all a big hug for me and tell them that I miss each and every one of them.
I enjoyed reading your emails and miss our conversations via AOL.
I was always surprised to see that you were online into the wee hours of the night! I remember you had told me that older people need less sleep and that you slept only three to four hours a day!
Remembering your kind and generous spirit, adventures and stories at the reunions and realizing how much all the Matsui siblings are so much alike in their hearts and souls."
"Dear dad & mom, 2015 is upon us. Martin, the children & I spent a week (Dec 24 - 31) in Kyoto, Osaka & Okinawa. We thought it was important to expose them more to part of their cultural roots. We discovered ninnaji on the less visited western side of Kyoto with its superb zen rock gardens, replete with carved shoji doors with scenes of spring, Osaka teeming with the brash liveliness of a commercial center (welcome,okonomiyaki) & Okinawa with 11 world heritage sites (Ryukyu Kingdom). We talked about you and mom often, as we looked for mochi in different forms and Matthias went slightly nuts over natto over Okinawan & white rice for breakfast."
"We thought of you and Mom as some of us spent the New Year in Miami. Your mochi maker was back to its best making sekihan and mochi for our group. Of course, soba was on the menu as well, although this year, we had it on New Year's Day."
"A good Thanksgiving celebration this year Brooklyn, with all in attendance except for Martin and Pumpkin, Leila, and Shak. A serious play, not a musical, for once... Authentic Korean BBQ... Lots of temaki zushi... Two turkeys!... New significant others! Lovely. Next stop Miami! Vincent"
"Hi Mom and Dad - we celebrated Celeste's Lawrenceville graduation this week-end - a tradition started 40 years ago with my graduation. In three years time, Matthias will close out our high school graduations. Next year is Alex's college graduation from Miami, then we have a couple years hiatus for college grads, then in quick succession Madeleine, Celeste, another year off, then Matthias. Then we're really done, and more importantly, Martin and Chris are done. Vincent"
"Happy Birthday Victor. Must be a glorious celebration with our "Maker". The boys are officially teenagers now....Yikes....I could use some of the "grandfatherly" advice....Love and miss you and Teru."
"Hope you've found a new group of mermaids and also good reliable help planting Satoimo. I've driven by redondo beach several times and think about your abalone and lobster diving stories often."
"What's the weather like upstairs?
Madeleine reminded me it's been exactly two years since you left this good earth. Everyone is OK. Smoke-free Vincent is going to take your place for the JAVA march in Washington DC this year. Marcia is moving back from Turkey, land of the lentil soup that you enjoyed. Linda is enjoying her retirement from Caylex which is now part of a bigger company. Christine and I will be going to Tokyo next month for Mr Tanabe's memorial service. I think you may see him from time to time. After this year only one more high school graduation is left. Time and life are passing in ways that you know well.
"Victor and Teru are deeply missed and seeing the empty house on a daily basis is a constant reminder....no garden, no one picking weeds from among the rocks in the driveway, not seeing the lights on in the middle of the night knowing Victor was busy at work or play on his computer, no long talks....etc. Thinking of times spent together always brings a smile to our faces and joy and love to our hearts!"
"You had a wonderful, quiet influence on so many lives, Vic and Teru, including Fred and mine. We count ourselves lucky to have known you both."
Full of grace and dignity, your inurnment services were a fitting tribute to a life of service to our country. You and Mom can rest easy. Your family continues to thrive.
Thinking of you today, on your birthday. We miss your physical presence in our lives, but know you and Teru will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
April, Eric, Conner & Carson"
"Dear dad, we're celebrating your energy and intrepid ways by partially re-creating what would have been our annual Easter trip together last year by going to Taiwan this year. It is Spring here; with fog, occasional rain and rising humidity. Your shiitake logs are bursting with new life, and, among other things, you'd be busy with your latest projects in the garden!"
Almost every day we think of you, and you are still such an important part of our lives. While we miss you and Teru, please know that we know you are still with us in your special way. Thank you for watching over us."
You and Mom were greatly missed at this year's reunion in Las Vegas. All your brothers and sisters were there. We were some 53 Matsuis strong. You and Mom hosted everyone for dinner, at a Chinese restaurant of course. The event reminded us again of how important family is."
It's 2:46 AM on July 4th and I was wishing you were up sending out emails and then as usual spending the day at the pool with us and then trecking into CW to watch the fireworks. As we watch from below I'm sure you will be watching from above. We will be thinking of you!"
"Vic, You almost made your 89th! But seeing your beautiful family again on the 31st reinforced the importance of the years you lived."
"Happy Bday Victor and GPA Matsui. Today would have been your 89th birthday and you are in our thoughts. I pray God lets you be an angel looking out over my sons and being the voice of reason whispering in their ears alongside the Holy Spirit. How I wish you were celebrating another birthday with family or having dinner with us today! We will celebrate your life! Much love, The Horne's"
"Choosing to live as though this were our last moment on earth by loving more deeply, forgiving more readily, giving more generously and speaking more kindly is how to handle life with care. Victor emulated all of these traits. Psalm 90:12 states, "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Victor was definitely a man with much wisdom!"
As we gathered at your home this evening after the memorial service, how I wished you were there! A picture of you in the dining room was the perfect reflection of how I always remember you with your kind eyes and warm smile. You are missed!"
"Vic, I will certainly miss you. It was an honor to work with you on the HLAA board of trustees. What a fine gentleman you were and a dedicated messenger for our wonderful organization. To Vic's family, I wish to extend my most sincere condolences on your loss."
"Victor: Thanks for teaching me to throw African spears, to grow mushrooms, for sharing your Mother's black bamboo, for pretending that you didn't know about the 250 people coming to your goodbye to Africa surprise party, and for 32 years of friendship. Thanks for leaving big footprints that we can only hope to follow. Say hello to my great friend, Teru."
"Judy and I were very sad to learn of Victor’s passing. He was a remarkable man and we will always think of him when we hear the phrase “the greatest generation.” If you are someone who defines “gentleman” as an educated man of good and courteous conduct, then you have an accurate term to describe Victor. We will always hold him in our hearts. It was an honor to know him."
"April 07, 2012
It was sad to learn of the passing of an old and admired comrad from the days of the old 441st in Sendai
~ Bob Cronin, Irvine, California"
"Vic Matsui was a true friend, a man who defined what it means to be a gentleman. His friends and colleagues on the board of Hearing Loss Association of America will miss him greatly but we are the richer for having known and worked with him. My deepest sympathy to Vic's family. Pete Fackler"
"I met Vic when we served on the national Hearing Loss Association of America board. Vic's kind smile and serene demeanor added so much to our gatherings. He was a wonderful man."
"See you May 31st, God Willing."
"Marsha, Linda, Victor and Martin, what an amazing heritage you have. I loved Vincent's comment in this section - how true. What a family tie he and Treru created out of the strength of what he and his family had been through. Any community your mother and father touched blossomed under their nurture. Certainly ours did in Abidjan all those years ago."
"I knew Vic for many years with HLAA. We served on the board together for 6 years. I feel blessed to have known him. He was a wonderful man and I know you will all miss him. May God give you grace and courgae to face the future. Blessings. Tommie"
"My wife and I first met Victor and his lovely wife, Teru, in 1960/61 when we were both assigned to the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. We became friends at the time and maintained the friendship over the years. There were huge gaps in the following decades, but, whenever we could, we spent time with the Matsui family. We respected and loved them both. He will be sorely missed."
"To the family of Vic Matsui,
Although I may have met your father/grandfather just once or twice at JAVA events, I know that he will be missed by so many. I will miss not reading his contributions to JAVA's weekly e-newsletter, the Round-Robin. And I am indebted to him for his service to our great country. Chris DeRosa (sansei in Arlington, VA)"
"I was always amazed and awed by Victor's attitude of acceptance and gratitude. Several times I asked him how he felt when he was asked to fight for a government that had treated him as an enemy. What gall! He would answer something like,"I was glad to demonstrate my loyalty to my country." He would add that life had been very good, and for that he was grateful. What an inspiration!"
"Dear Vince, I have been saddened since you shared with me that you lost your dad. I met him only once but I was struck by his gentle warmth I was awed by his life experiences and consider it an honor to have known him albeit briefly. They say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Knowing you tells me my instincts about your dad are right. Our deepest sympathy. Phil & Joyce"
"Dearest Vincent and family, Your father always impressed Charlie with his presence and his embrace of beauty (and those scholar's rocks!) - Laura only met him once but was indelibly struck with Pop's--for want of a better word--music. His very being gave off a deep, rich sounding, like the bells of antiquity and learning. Our love to you, Laura and Charlie"
"I wish to repeat that Victor was indeeed thoughtful and considerate. Moreover,he had an abundance of many other fine qualities. He was indeed a Gentleman of the Old School.I was just about to call him for a long-planned lunch and to show him some beautiful trees he had given us.My wife and I will miss him greatly and we extend our sincere condolences to his family. Frank and Marguerite Dwyer"
"Victor was a great person==sensitive, thoughtful, and considerate.
He is missed by me and all those with whom He came into contact.
There are not many Gentlemen as Victor.
My deepest sympathy to His family.
~ George Genakos, Williamsburg, Virginia"
"Grandpa, you are such a strong presence in almost all of my favorite memories I don't know what it's going to be like without you anymore. But I do know that the family that you built will make the transition so much easier and that is a testament to how great of a man you are. You are my inspiration for so many things. Thank you for everything and say hi to Grandma. I miss you both."
You were a Gentlman in the true sense of the word and, with Teru, raised a family of wonderful children, who embody your generous and kind spirit. We will miss you!
Art and Jean"
"I had several opportunities to fish with Vince and his Dad. Mr Matsui was always a pleasure to be with ... always quick to laugh and see the humorous side of life. The ever present twinkle in his eyes always made him seem younger than his years. I share the loss with my good friend Vincent, the Matsui family and the many who loved him."
"Vic was that fellow stranger in Williamsburg who came from Gardena, CA and was interned at the same Rohwer, ARK camp. We shared that experience with others beginning in 1992. Vic was also my big brother figure who could not be fully emulated. Let me know if I can be of help in the Burg. Blessings to you all."
You are truly a unique human being, and I feel honored to call you "my friend." I shall miss the e-mails which I have received from you from the many places you traveled around the world - and I shall miss you and your kind counseling.
"For Victor and His Wonderful Family~
We thank you for sharing Victor with our water aerobics class. We admired his spirit and dedication, plus his help in putting away equipment. He was certainly an outstanding person in so many ways, yet very humble and caring. With love to you all, John and Janet"
"Thanks Vic for your patience, guidance, advice, and quiet humor during our two busy years in Zaire. You set a high standard for devotion to duty, fairness, and getting the job done. You will remain in our prayers and in our memory as a unique leader and good friend.Jim, Marge Bruha."
"I served with Vic in Zaire back in the 1970s. He was a leader, mentor and friend and remained so for many years afterwards. We will miss him and will not forget him. Bob and Sallie Benedetti"
"Vic was a kind and generous man. As a national board member of the Hearing Loss Association of Ameria and a VA state chapter coordinator, he gave so much to the cause of people with hearing loss. We will miss him dearly."
"Vic and Teru were our mentors as we navigated life as a young foreign service family in Africa in the mid-70's. Theirs was a lifetime of exemplary service to country, family and friends."
You were an exceptional human being--noble, humble, brilliant, warm, kind and above all without malice. I will forever miss the daily e-mails you sent me. You definitely will leave a void in my life! Love, always, Auntie Hiro"
Thank you very much for all your work in helping the hard of hearing. You are an amazing person and it was an honor to know you.
"Dad - you came from a strong family, you built a strong family, and you leave behind yet a stronger family and community that appreciates and loves you. We miss you dearly but understand your need to leave us so suddenly. May you rest in peace, safe in the knowledge that your family and community are well. Vincent"
This very day, Jo Anne and I visited Queens Lake to see the dog woods and gazaleas. Going by your house we were reminded of the good times we shared with you and Teru. You were so much a part of our life in Williamsburg. You left a void in our hearts we will never be able to refill."
You and Teru were so much a valued part of our life in Williamsburg and WISHH, (HLA-W). This very day Jo Anne and I were in Queens Lake to see the azaleas and dog woods. We could not help but pass your house and talked about what great friends you were. We will never be able to fill the void you left in our hearts and memories."
"Enjoyed knowing Vic and know he is in a better place now."
You are, and always will be such a great inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you for adding so much to our lives. We will miss you forever and never forget you.
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