John Lyday died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. John was born on November 12, 1961, in Charlotte, NC, to Dr. William Davie Lyday and Mrs. Deborah Le Baron Lyday.
John grew up in Charlotte and graduated with honors from Charlotte Latin School in 1980. He attended Davidson College and joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, where he made lifelong friends. John had an adventurous spirit and a love for life.
After graduation he traveled and worked around the world. He enjoyed many different cultures and customs and being in the midst of the world’s beauty. After a summer of working in Alaska at a Salmon Cannery, John took off to see more of the world. He hiked part of Mount Everest in Nepal and then onto India, Thailand, Burma, China and his favorite, Japan.
John made friends where ever he went. Music was another passion of John’s. He play the guitar beautifully. When he had time, he enjoyed playing in a band with his friends in Japan. While teaching in Northern California, John met Kanako Asai. They became engaged and were married in Charlotte, NC on May 10, 1997.
Years later, John started his own Wealth Management and Tax Consultant business in Tokyo. In 2012 John and Kanako moved their family from Japan to Charlotte, NC, while still keeping his business in Tokyo.
John is remembered by his family and friends for his love of life, his warm easy smile and his dry wit. He will be greatly missed, always loved and never forgotten.
He is survived by his wife, Kanako and their two daughters, Elysia and Ashley; his parents, William and Deborah Lyday; his sisters, Catharine Mason Lyday and Anne Armistead Lyday; and his brother, Dr. William Davie Lyday II; his sister-in-law, Katie Lyday and his nephews, Ben, Nathan, and Trip (William D. III).
A celebration for John Lyday’s life will be held on April 22nd, at 2:00 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church,1412 Providence Rd., Charlotte NC, 28207. Reception to follow the service.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 10, 2016