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Michio Kushi Memorial Service Speeches – Closing with Haruo Kushi

May 17, 2015

This post is part of a series presenting full transcripts of speeches given at the Michio Kushi Memorial Service in Boston on January 31, 2015.


As Hisao said, our father, all of our father, or grandfather, was a dreamer.  My brother, Phiya on the piano. And let’s all sing a happy song together, as we did with Dennis.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today, ah haaa

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You hoo oo, you may say I’m a dreamer
but I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed of hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You hoo ooo
You may say, I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Thank you once again, everyone, for joining us this afternoon. You’re truly a part of our family. Represented on the stage here are all of Michio’s sons, children and grandchildren and we truly welcome you as part of our family and celebrate this time and this remembrance. Thank you so much everyone who shared here this afternoon.  We invite everybody to a reception which is at the Marriot Copley Place as you know. It’s on the back of your program.  It’s probably still cold out there but hopefully you’ll enjoy the brisk walk.  There will be an opportunity at that time for other people to share their memories and their thoughts including my other brothers who you just heard from Phiya’s wonderful piano playing but you’ll be able to hear from them as well as everyone else who wants to take the time and opportunity to do so. And so, thank you very much. A handful of us will be available to say, “Thank you” – my uncle, Michio’s brother, Midori and the immediate sons will join us, join you towards the back of the sanctuary and, obviously, take your time to head over to the Marriot Copley Place.  Thank you so much for being here. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done over the decades to really celebrate and carry the spirit of what my father’s life was about. We are all dreamers and we can change the world. Thank you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. tom trujillo permalink
    May 17, 2015 8:10 pm

    Thanks Phiya

  2. Beth Ann Kessler permalink
    May 17, 2015 8:37 pm

    Thank you, Phiya.

    ~Beth Ann Kessler



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