Obituary of Wayne Aozasa
Wayne Kazuo Aozasa February 26, 1959 -- December 3, 2017 Wayne Kazuo Aozasa passed away suddenly but peacefully due to cardiac arrest at his home in Redwood City on Sunday, December 3, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Aozasa, beloved daughters, Kendall and Carly Aozasa, parents and long time Los Altos residents Kazunori and Kimiye Aozasa, uncle Kiyoshi Oshiba of San Jose, and brothers Walter and Wesley Aozasa and their families. Wayne grew up in Los Altos, and was a graduate of Los Altos High and UCLA. He had a successful 36 year career as an independent real estate developer, designing, facilitating and constructing a wide range of projects from custom homes to large multi-family residential and commercial developments, primarily in the South Bay/Peninsula. Wayne was loyal, creative and gregarious, with an adventurous spirit. He enjoyed sports, spending time with family, and playing golf with his brothers and many friends at courses all over the Bay Area. He will be missed by so many.
Friends, family and colleagues are invited to attend a service for Wayne on January 20th at 11:00 a.m. at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North 5th St., San Jose, 95112. It will be a traditional Buddhist service, followed by an informal reception with light refreshments. Please feel free to dress comfortably – bright colors, wild prints and Hawaiian shirts (typical Wayne attire) encouraged!
Parking at the Church on 5th St. is fairly limited, but there is ample parking at the public parking lot one block away at the corner of Jackson and 6th St. (cost is $2) and at metered parking along 6th St.
For those of you who are not familiar with Japanese/Buddhist traditions, the service will be in the main temple hall (hondo). Programs will be available as you enter so that you can follow along. Here is some other information you may find helpful:
Koden – the Japanese practice of giving money to the family of the deceased. It is customary, though not required, to give koden when you attend a funeral. If you choose to do this – it is optional – there will be people to collect your envelope as you enter the temple, and you must be sure to put your name and address on it so that the family can send a proper thank you.
Oshoko – the practice of offering incense is a symbol of purification. It is symbolic of the followers purifying their mind and body before paying homage to Buddha. At the same time, smoke rising from the burning incense teaches us a lesson the transiency of all existence. During the service, the family will offer incense, then there is an opportunity at the end of the service for others to do so as well.
Otoki – a reception following the service, which will be held in the Gymnasium, next door to the Temple. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to talk with friends and family and share remembrances.
Please do not worry if you aren’t quite sure about any of these practices and customs. The fact that you are there to share this day with us is the most important thing!!
Thanks to all of you who have already reached out to offer your support – your kindness and words of encouragement have meant a lot to the entire Aozasa family. We wish you all the best and hope to see you on January 20th.