Katsuaki "Kei" Suzuki

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NAPLES - Katsuaki (Kei) Suzuki passed away peacefully after a brave battle with cancer on Nov. 15, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 67.  Kei was born in Hokkaido, Japan and attended Todai University in Tokyo. While working at the Imperial Hotel, he met his future wife, Judy, who was teaching English. They returned to the states together and married in Massachusetts in 1977. Kei worked for the Consulate General of Japan in Boston, Mass. before moving to New Jersey. He worked for Fujisankei Communications in New York City until his retirement in 2014. It was in New Jersey that Kei and Judy had their two amazing children Cory, 29, and Jamie, 27. Kei will be remembered as a selfless father who did everything he could for his children. He taught them how to fish in the Manasquan Reservoir, how to build anything including a bird cage ten sizes too big, how to love and care for animals but most importantly taught them how to be kind, giving, and compassionate people.After his retirement in 2014, Kei fulfilled one of his dreams by moving to Maine and opening Ramen Suzukiya with his son, Cory. His handcrafted organic noodles were his passion and he loved the opportunity to create a space for customers to enjoy his craft. Kei will be remembered as the kindest man who never hesitated to reach out to those in need. He loved his family and fought a vicious cancer for over a year in order to have more time to spend with them. The world was certainly a better place with him here.Kei was predeceased by his father, Hideo Suzuki, his mother, Jiu Suzuki; and his younger brother, Fumiaki Suzuki. He is survived by his son, Cory Suzuki of Naples, his daughter, Jamie Suzuki of Waco, Texas, his longtime wife and best friend, Judy Jamieson Suzuki, his brother, Shigeto Suzuki of Yokohama, Japan, as well as many beloved relatives and friends including his ramen shop family, Peter, Sam, and Susan. He also leaves behind his favorite cat Zoey and two grand-dogs, Desmond and Rosie. Online condolence messages can be submitted at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service website,www.mainefuneral.comIn lieu of flowers,contributions canbe made to:Hospice of Southern Maine180 US Rt. 1Scarborough, Maine 04074for their supportand comfort for Keiin his final weeks.

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 18, 2018
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