Victor Matsui
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 2, 1923
  • Place of birth:
    California, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 26, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Hong Kong
Do not go gentle into that good night

 Memorial Services

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
Suite 1200
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




Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Christine Van on 5th June 2017

"Dear dad & mom, you were both very much with us during graduation weekend (May 27-29, 2017).  Martin and Vincent, the two Lawrentians, were present for your youngest grandchild's graduation from L'ville. We were a total of 6 Brown alums who cheered Madeleine on at hers in Providence.  All the other aunts and uncles and cousins who could make it turned out in full force.  My aunt Julia, uncle Henry, my cousin Henrietta, her spouse Paul and their son Christopher, and Madeleine's guardian during her term in Beijing, Sau Kwan, all joined us for a celebratory meal on Sunday.  Your grandchildren, like us, are appreciative of all that you have done and the examples you've set in emphasizing the importance of education, a lifelong project.  Grandparents Matsui and Kamikawa and my mother Annie were smiling as they looked down upon us.  We rely on your guidance and strength of spirit as the children begin a new chapter in their young lives."

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 2nd June 2017

"Happy Birthday Dad; Hello Mom.  Madeleine graduated from Brown last week-end, and Matthias from Lawrenceville; he's matriculating... Brown. All aunts and uncles accounted for at the festivities in Providence, though the cousins lives are getting understandably busy - Victory and Alex representing the other three.  We are looking forward to the big Matsui reunion in August, though we have lost cousin David, following Mark last month. Peace!"

This tribute was added by Mary Buford Hitz on 2nd June 2017

"Much love and appreciation to Vic on his birthday and Teru - you two are in our pantheon of the most important people in our lives. Thank you for your guidance when we were starting out, and for the atmosphere of family that you created for all of us serving in the Ivory Coast."

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 26th March 2017

"Warm greetings to the Matsui family!!!
today i offered special prayers for a WONDERFUL man, father, GPa and friend....your Dad,
on his 5th (?) anniversary.  i know youe mom's is coming up sometime in mid-July.  
There are very few parents of my friends & Cliff's, who have made us feel welcomed with open arms, loved and cherished.
In those few beautiful years, we felt like "family", which of course we yearned for since Cliff's parents have been gone since 1981
and both of my parents are back home in Manila.
THANK YOU for welcoming us to your loving family and for sharing your wonderful Mom & Dad with us.  I am sure you miss them soooooo much, as we also do.  You know, we bought our first house in Wmsbg knowing they were around and got the approval from your Dad
when we bought it.  And then built one to retire in knowing our hearts belong here with their LOVING MEMORY!!!

With much gratitude for all your love,
Chato, CLiff, JT & Vincent"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 26th March 2017

"Five years in. Two graduations this year. All in good health. Peace."

This tribute was added by Jonathan Weber on 26th March 2017

"I'm keeping and eye on Vince and Mary...... they're doing well
Victoria as well
and ....... I still remember that giant blackfish you caught"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 16th August 2016

"Hard to believe 3 yrs at Arlington Dad. All good here. 20 in attendance at the reunion this year - 4 significant others. Lots of uncle/auntie vetting but we must ultimately rely on their good judgement!"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 16th July 2016

"Hi Mom - hard to believe it's been 8 years.  Everything good here. Reunion in a month - you'd enjoy meeting the latest members!  Vincent"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 2nd June 2016

"Happy birthday Dad.  Wow 93!  All good down here. No graduations this year, two next. Everyone healthy and one year wiser.  Hugs to Mom. Vincent"

This tribute was added by Mary Buford Hitz on 27th March 2016

"So glad Vic and Teru were part of our lives. We miss them both."

This tribute was added by Ike & Ruth Hatchimonji on 27th March 2016

"Dear Matsui family:
We've left messages before telling about our friendship in Kinshasa, Zaire. One memory we have is how embassy nurse Teru treated our son Jim when he got chiggers in his feet after a trip in the country. She was  so gentle in helping Jim treat the problem. Jim was visiting us from the states and wanted to travel eastward toward Kivu as an adventure. He went by truck and that's when he got the chiggers. That experience and Teru's help are well remembered. Our memories of our life in Zaire and our friendship with Victor and Teru are fond ones and we remember them well.


Ike & Ruth Hatchimonji"

This tribute was added by Marcia Tanabe on 5th June 2015

"Memories flicker and dance in the sunlight, in the moonlight and by lamplight, and entwine themselves in abundance in the fabric of our daily lives.  They provide us with comfort and guidance and now, finally, with a deep sense of peace for the blessings of your shared lives.  Thank you Mom and Dad."

This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 2nd June 2015

"Happy Birthday to Victor....hard to believe 3 years has passed.  We are thinking of you and Teru.  I'm sure the band of angels are trumpeting on your special day!"

This tribute was added by Mary Buford Hitz on 2nd June 2015

"Missing both Victor and Teru on Vic's birthday.
Fred and Mary Buford Hitz"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 9th May 2015

"5 college graduates, with 3 to go.  Congratulations Alex for your degree and the new job!  And go Miami Hurricanes!"

This tribute was added by Kelly Wyant on 13th January 2015

"Uncle Vic,

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."

This tribute was added by Christine Van on 13th January 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Matsui Family on 12th January 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 22nd December 2014

"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"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 3rd June 2014

"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"

This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 2nd June 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Kaison Tanabe on 2nd June 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 27th March 2014

"What's the weather like upstairs?

Dear G'pa,

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.  


This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 26th March 2014

"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!"

This tribute was added by Mary Buford Hitz on 26th March 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Matsui Family on 17th August 2013

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.
Your Family"

This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 2nd June 2013


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"

This tribute was added by Christine Van on 26th March 2013

"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!"

This tribute was added by Craig Colodny on 26th March 2013

"Victor -
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."

This tribute was added by Matsui Family on 14th August 2012

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."

This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 4th July 2012


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!"

This tribute was added by Jo Anne Meador-Wolfe on 4th June 2012

"Vic,  You almost made your 89th!  But seeing your beautiful family again on the 31st reinforced the importance of the years you lived."

This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 2nd June 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 1st June 2012

"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!"

This tribute was added by April Warren-Horne on 1st June 2012


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!"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Borzell on 18th April 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Marcia Pixley on 18th April 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Larry & Judy Williams on 17th April 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 8th April 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by pete fackler on 4th April 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by Teresa Blankmeyer Burke on 3rd April 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Mary Buford Hitz on 3rd April 2012

"See you May 31st, God Willing."

This tribute was added by Mary Buford Hitz on 3rd April 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Tommie Wells on 3rd April 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by Edward Kane on 2nd April 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Chris Ota DeRosa on 1st April 2012

"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)"

This tribute was added by Mary Stone on 1st April 2012

"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!"

This tribute was added by Phil Segal on 1st April 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 31st March 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 31st March 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 31st March 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by Kaison Tanabe on 30th March 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Jean Huptich on 30th March 2012

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"

This tribute was added by Jonathan Weber on 30th March 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Satoshi Ito on 30th March 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Jo Anne Meador-Wolfe on 29th March 2012

"Vic -
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.
               jo anne"

This tribute was added by John & Janet Giffin on 29th March 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by marge bruha on 29th March 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Bob Benedetti on 29th March 2012

"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"

This tribute was added by martin matsui on 29th March 2012


This tribute was added by Barbara Kelley on 29th March 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by jane randall on 29th March 2012

"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."

This tribute was added by Hiroko Omata on 29th March 2012

"Dear Victor,
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"

This tribute was added by Matsui Family on 29th March 2012


This tribute was added by Jude Liptak on 27th March 2012

"Mr. Matsui,
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.
God Bless,
Jude Liptak"

This tribute was added by vincent matsui on 27th March 2012

"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 tribute was added by Alfred Wolfe on 27th March 2012

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."

This tribute was added by Alfred Wolfe on 27th March 2012

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."

This tribute was added by Dick Caldwell on 27th March 2012

"Enjoyed knowing Vic and know he is in a better place now."

This tribute was added by Matsui Family on 27th March 2012

"Victor -
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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