Etsuko Toguri

Etsuko Toguri Dr.

Friday, February 12th, 1926 - Saturday, November 30th, 2019
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Toguri, Dr. Etsuko, 93, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2019 at Sunrise of Aurora. Etsu was a true pioneer. As the daughter of adventurous Issei parents, Etsu was born in Queen Charlotte City on February 12, 1926. She graduated from Britannia High School, Vancouver in 1941. When the family was relocated to internment camps during World War II, Etsu was one of a small group of Japanese Canadian teenage girls permitted to attend Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario under the auspices of the United Church Women's Missionary Society (WMS). The girls worked in the kitchen and laundry room for the finishing school while attending classes. Etsu studied at the University of Toronto Medical School from 1946-1951 and worked as a domestic in Rosedale to help finance her studies.
Etsu, as a physician, studied in New York, Washington and Hawaii before returning to Toronto and eventually started her own successful family practice in Scarborough where she was well respected by her peers and loved by her patients. As a young Japanese Canadian female doctor in the post-war period, she opened pathways for many others.
Etsu was pre-deceased by her siblings Eizo, Sam, Mary, Maki, Jim and David. She will be sorely missed by her surviving siblings Grace, Allan and Miki; and her many nieces and nephews. The family will be having a private Celebration of Life at a later date.
We sincerely appreciated the care provided by all the staff at Sunrise of Aurora, who were like an extended family to Etsu and to us.
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elizabeth Sulker

Posted at 02:03pm
Dr.Toguri was the family doctor for my mother sister and me.I went to her from the time i was 17 until she retired.So my sister and i also took our children to her as they came along. She was the nicest and best doctor we have ever had.On one of my visits she said i had lyme disease and phoned the specialist right theh and had me go immediately to see her.We will always be grateful we had her as our doctor and offer our sympathies to her whole family.
Elizabeth Sulker and Margo Wingeat

Gary Durie

Posted at 12:59pm
Dr. Toguri was my doctor, while growing up in Scarborough. For a period of almost two years I visited her office weekly for treatment. Despite the rigors of her busy practice, she was always bright, positive, and caring. I can remember the "tone" of her voice to this day. She was the only doctor who ever offered to drive me home after an appointment; I appreciate her kindness, despite the passing of so many years.
To the family, who have suffered such loss, please accept my deepest respects.

Gary Durie


B Hamade

Posted at 10:27pm
Dr. Toguri was my grandparents, parents, my and my siblings and my wife and our son's doctor. She delivered me at East York General over 63 years ago. I always enjoyed her and paid heed to her words of wisdom and always enjoyed her laugh. She was a wonderful doctor and admired her courage to follow her dream in a difficult time.
I hope people will enjoy this news item that mentions her
Respectfully yours
The Hamade Family

terry ross-hardy

Posted at 06:35pm
dr. toguri was my mom's dr. [millie yorke 1923-2016] in scarborough. my mom just loved dr. toguri and actually looked forward to 'going to the drs.!' thank you for all your years of care and compassion and understanding, as mom was no easy patient! RIP dr. toguri, you were awesome!

Elaine Zucker

Posted at 05:57pm
She was one in a million. I miss her still

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