BCA Chair Lynne Ozawa Recalled as Beloved, Kind, Thoughtful

On Bodhi Day last year, Dec. 8, 2020, we lost our good friend, Lynne Ozawa. It was an auspicious day for Lynne to transition to Buddhahood, but it was the wrong year. Lynne passed just a month after her 65th birthday. It should have occurred a quarter-century, or more, from now. We should not have had to part with her this past year.


I had not known that Lynne’s middle name was Midori until she passed on. It was so fitting that she was named for the color of life, green. It was equally auspicious that Lynne passed on the same day we commemorate the Buddha’s Enlightenment. She was a good friend to so many of us and did much good for the Buddha-dharma and for her fellow humans, whatever their religious affiliation. Forgive me for taking your time to speak about her if you did not know her.


I was honored to officiate at the wedding for Lynne and her husband John’s son, Robert, and his bride Shirley in the fall of 2019. Lynne was already battling cancer by then and had to be taken by medical transport to the happy event. Lynne was not going to let a matter such as cancer treatment stop her from attending the wedding of her beloved son.