Ted Toshitsugu Nishi was born in 1919 in Steveston, BC. His father was originally from Mio village in Japan and he emigrated to the US before settling down in Steveston. Ted attended public school as well as Japanese Language School. After graduating college, he worked for the Ucluelet Japanese Fisherman’s Co-op on Vancouver Island. During WWII, families who worked there were removed to internment camps while Ted stayed behind to care for the facility. After that, Ted was tasked by the Security Commission to scout Minto, an abandoned town for the purpose of housing Japanese Canadian families. Ted received permission to relocate to Toronto, ON but ended up in Hamilton, ON instead where he worked at a meat packing plant. Ted was involved in various business ventures including mushroom farming and eventually owned and led a successful company, Nationwide Electronics.
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