Yoshisada Yonezuka Sensei

Founder of Cranford Judo and Karate Center amd Olympic coach, Yoshisada Yonezuka, 77, of Cranford, N.J., passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Friends are invited to visit from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Dooley Funeral Home, 218 North Ave. West in Cranford, N.J.

Born in Japan, Mr. Yonezuka lived in the United Sates since 1960. A prominent member of the martial arts community, he founded the Cranford Judo and Karate Center 50 years ago. In 1988, and again in 1992, Mr. Yonezuka was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Judo Team. He was a graduate of Nihon University, and had been an officer in many Judo organizations.

Surviving are a son, Nicolas Yonezuka (Denise); a daughter, Natacha Yonezuka-Gullo (Geoffrey); four beloved grandchildren, Sop hia, Nicolas, Jack, and Kenji; two sisters, Teruko and Nabuko; two brothers, Yoshi and Masato; and his former wife, Anastasia Yonezuka.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Yoshisada Yonezuka Memorial Fund, 107 South Ave., Cranford, N.J. 07016.

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