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5 thoughts on “Bainbridge farming icon Akio Suyematsu dies at 90

  1. Akio was my intellectual grandfather, the mentor of my mentor. We’ll miss him a lot.

  2. On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of Friends of Skagit County we send our condolences to the family, friends, farmers and neighbors of Akio. His vision and wisdom will continue through all of the food and farming work that you all do. The NW corner can only be preserved by people who speak out for the land, like Akio did so well.
    Ellen Bynum, Executive Director
    Friends of Skagit County

  3. Akio was a long time friend of my father, Martin Rico, previously residing on Tolo Road up to his passing in 1993. My father held Akio in very high regard. He was there when my father needed help or someone for my father to visit with. My father knew he could count on Akio. I did not personally know him, but my father spoke him of him on many occasions. I knew he was a friend also to many of the other Filipino farmers on the Island – they were lucky to have known him. I am proud that he was a friend of my father.

  4. A very kind man will sadly be missed. My first job ever, was working on his farm down the road from us. He stands as a role model in my life.

  5. It was one of the greatest honors of my life to know this wonderful man; a paragon of
    virtue, and an absolute example of integrity. Everything about Akio was beyond
    reproach, except maybe for the fact that he would give so freely and eagerly/ but to
    accept something for himself was not so easy for him. The world was certainly a
    better place because of this hard working, honest (little) GIANT of a human being.
    Akio may now be in that big (warm & sunny, weedless, without too much rain but
    plenty of great drainage) farm in the sky- but he will never be forgotten & will always
    be very, very missed by everyone and all that knew him, loved him and spent many
    an hour “talking story” story with him as Akio loved to do! Thank you for being our
    friend Akio; we are better people ourselves, having known you. Good bye dear
    friend with LOVE from Barbra (Boiser-Sax) and David (Lopez)

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