Jack & Kay Noguchi’s story

Our Way of saying Thank You 

Hard work, strength in adversity and a love of the outdoors are the qualities which characterize Yoshio (Jack) & Kanako (Kay) Noguchi.  Giving back to the community that welcomed them with open arms is the legacy they intended to leave through their generous support of St. Mary’s General Hospital. 

When they met and married in Calgary in the 1950s, a local bylaw prohibited them from living together. Such was the extent of discrimination that was carried over from Japanese internment during the world war. They soon left the west and came to the Waterloo Region where they were made to feel at home by the German immigrants who had faced hardships of their own.  

The Noguchi’s relationship with St. Mary’s is a long and trusted one. As a couple, they always felt great compassion and kindness from staff with whom they have forged many personal relationships. “We owe something to St. Mary’s for the great care we’ve received over the years,” says Jack

Jack, the son of interned parents, learned a valued skill as a chicken sexer which eventually lead to the Noguchi’s farming both chicken and Angus beef in in Petersburg while making their home in New Hamburg. 

The Noguchi’s relationship with St. Mary’s is a long and trusted one. As a couple, they always felt great compassion and kindness from staff with whom they have forged many personal relationships.  And after Kay’s passing in 2001, Jack continued their quiet generosity and a desire to make their community a better place.  “We owe something to St. Mary’s for the great care we’ve received over the years,” says Jack.  “It is our way to say thank you.”

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