Our mother was the Matriarch of the Chan Clan, which spans across the globe.
She was the CEO of our family… and of Life.
Born and raised in Guangzhou, China to wonderful parents, father a professor of Agriculture and mother a midwife, she spent a great deal of her younger years assisting her mother on midwifery calls. It was through this early life experience that aspired her to attend nursing school and later became an Obstetric nurse, a profession which she highly regarded in bringing new lives to the world. She loved LIFE!
While working in the hospital, she was swept off her feet by her prince charming, David Sik-Wing Chan (1919-2001), a handsome architectural draftsman. They married on April 6, 1949 and began their new life together in Hongkong, where they raised four children. The family later immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1976. They bought a home in Willowdale which later would become the Global Headquarter (GHQ) of the visiting Chan Clan and close friends from all over the world, a welcoming home away from home for all.
Our mother’s superpower was her Home Cooking. Famous dishes included Malaysian style curry, ginger and vinegar pork knuckles, turnip cakes along with many other traditional Chinese dishes. She loved to cook for her family and friends as well as for her church group at potluck and social gatherings. She lived to cook and loved the sound of mmm… yummy brought on by her culinary creations.
As a CEO of Life, she took complete charge of her own well-being. She lived an independent life after the passing of our father in 2001. Until the lockdown in March, she was active in her social life. The highlights of her activities were attending church service, going for dim sum, line dancing, shopping at No Frills and the most spectacular of all, driving her friends around doing all of the above. She passed her driver licence renewal exam shortly after her 90th birthday and held a valid driver’s licence until the very end!
On May 7, 2020 at sunrise, after 2 weeks of hospital care with a diagnosis of lung cancer and complications, our mother passed away peacefully following the guiding light of God. She will be fondly remembered by her children, grandchildren, great grandchild, nieces, nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews, and so many friends.