Anip Lam (林淑儀), 56, of Hong Kong, passed away on February 23, 2019. She had been fighting off leukaemia since September of 2017 and had been very brave and strong throughout this journey. Unfortunately near the end, she developed many infections in her blood, lungs and heart. She was put into dialysis due to kidney failure. During her last moments, she was sedated when her blood pressure and heart rate started to drop. She had a peaceful passing and did not feel any pain.
She was born to the late Lam Sze (林四) and Chan Kwan (陳群) on November 7, 1963 in Hong Kong. During her time in Hong Kong she made clothes for a living and stayed in many different parts of the city with her cousins. She loved spending time with her family and enjoying festive seasons such as Lunar New Year and going out with her two sisters and friends on trips around Asia.
In 1990, she decided to leave her home of Hong Kong and join her then boyfriend Albert Yau (邱漢明) to begin a new life in Toronto, Canada. In the same year of 1990 they decided to get married and start a family together. We are able to see Anip’s spirit and teachings live on through her two children, Connie Yau (邱康婷) and Andre Yau (邱卓宏), of Markham. She was a fair and just woman that always taught her children the importance of equality despite gender and age; and to always be selfless and help those in need.
She was a firm believer of the Golden Rule - to treat others the way that you would want to be treated. She would always ask her children “What if it was the other way around? How would you feel if someone did that to you? Life is a multiway street that goes both ways, if you treat someone like that they could easily do the same to you.” She wanted to foster an environment that was filled with love and support for all those around her and raise her children to be understanding and considerate of others.
Anip always loved creating, whether that be through the culinary arts and exploring new recipes, or using her sewing machine to make new clothes for her children and house hold items. She was so gifted that when her daughter was a child, she even wanted Anip to make her wedding dress for her when the day came! She would constantly find new uses for recyclable items to create a more environmentally friendly home.
Desserts, cakes, sweets, macarons and DURIAN were her all time favourite foods! She would constantly long to go for high tea where she can relax with a cup of rose tea while enjoying a slice of cake or read a book. There was even a point in time where she was obsessed with making homemade cheesecake because she had just learnt the recipe. If there’s ever a cooking show on tv, you can be sure that Anip was watching it!
Anip enjoyed hosting gatherings and welcoming people to her humble home. She always though that although her house isn’t that grand or tidy or pretty, as long as we’re all gathered together and happy then it was enough. She would always worry about pleasing her family and friends, so much so that she would say that its ok to put in more effort/money/time/love as long as it made someone else’s day a little better. If it was possible for her to go that extra mile for someone, she would think ‘why not?’
Although she has passed, her loving memories continue to live on. There will be a one day viewing on Saturday March 23, 2019 at Elgin Mills Funeral Centre. The visitation will be from 9:00am - 10:00am. The funeral will take place from 10:00am - 11:00am and the witnessing will be 11:00am - 11:30am. There will be the burning of traditional yellow incense that visitors are welcomed to partake in to pay their respects if they feel comfortable to do so. Shortly after the funeral, we will be having a Consolation Feast at 12pm at Mandarin Restaurant. Please RSVP whether or not you will be able to attend the funeral and luncheon at your earliest convenience to a member of the family.