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Casting for Rainbows


This site is for Tony Yamamoto.

Tony became a quadriplegic in December 2007 when he fell and dislocated his spinal cord. Tony passed away on November 1, 2008 after an inspirational fight to overcome his disabilities.   All of us learned about a new Tony after his injury, especially his unflagging humor and a grace under adversity that we will all strive to achieve in our own lives.  A very deep and heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped Tony and his family during his struggle.

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Hisao "Tony" Yamamoto

February 23, 1953 – November 1. 2008
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Tony's memorial service was held at 11:00 am, Friday, November 7, 2008 at First Congregational Church, 1 Concord Street, Nashua, NH. 
 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Tony's name to: Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, 70 Butler Street, Salem, NH   03079.  This hospital is renown for its success in treating patients with spinal cord injuries.  They cared deeply for Tony and were a  constant source of support and advocacy on Tony's behalf.

For a copy of
Tony's Obituary, Click Here

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November 1, 2008

Dear Friends,

     Tony passed away last night around midnight. The girls and I were there together - just what we all had wanted. Over the week's time we were all able to share our times together; the trips we made and the way he made us all laugh. We had a perfect 5 days together and he passed away very peacefully.
      Tony was tired of the fight; he just couldn't do it anymore and let me know that he was ready to go. At one point during the past week he told us that he wanted each of us to have a new life here on Earth. He asked Anna to be sure to fish because it was always a beautiful thing to watch. He asked Katie to study hard as she enters grad school in the fall. With peacefull eyes he asked that I take care of myself and the girls.
The night before he died he was very alert(and kept us up all night!) He was in and out and would call one of our names - we would hurry over to find out what he was trying to say, but as soon as we were by his bedside he'd fall asleep in the middle of a sentence. He was able to say a few things we understood. He called a few times for his Mom and also our old dog Kodiak. One of the last things he said was "all my castings laying on the water . . . it's so beautiful."
      Details of Tony's wishes will be posted on the  website in the next day or two.  

     Thank you for your hearts, your whisperings and your prayers.

Love,
Sue, Katie and Anna

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After three months in Boston hospitals,  Tony arrived home on March 7th, 2008.