In memory of

Anthony Yook Wah Phang

October 26, 1946 -  September 9, 2023

In Loving Memory of Anthony Yook Wah Phang

We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of an incredible and courageous man, Anthony Phang, who for the past two years continued to live life to the fullest, even when faced with an incurable form of leukemia. He passed away peacefully on September 9, 2023 at Sunnybrook hospital at the age of 76.

Affectionately known to many as both “Tony” and "Ah Yeh," Anthony was born on October 26th, 1946 in Ipoh, Malaysia and grew up in a large, loving family with 6 siblings. From a young age, he already showed an innate talent for turning even the simplest moments into grand adventures, and his zest for life never stopped.

He was never content with a singular pursuit but instead reveled in the joy of mastering countless hobbies and passions. From badminton, golfing, cycling and snowboarding to ballroom dancing & exploring the world with his wife Annie, from fishing to target shooting, from taking care of his beloved sports cars to riding his prized Harley Davidson across Canada and the US, his energy and enthusiasm knew no bounds.

While Anthony was celebrated for his adventurous spirit, it was his expertise in the culinary business that truly set him apart. With an entrepreneurial vision, he established and managed several innovative and successful restaurants, including the iconic Sushi Time on Queen St. Throughout the course of his expansive career as a restaurateur, Anthony developed and maintained many close friendships with both staff and patrons who will forever have fond memories of great food and laughter that filled his restaurants.

Beyond his culinary and creative talents, Anthony was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and also friend. He cherished every moment spent with his family and friends, infusing each gathering with his unique blend of warmth and generosity, and loved to playfully make fun of everyone.

Anthony is survived by Annie, his wife of 56 happy years, his two children, Carlos and Cass, six grandchildren, and a wide community of family, friends and admirers who will forever treasure the huge mark he left on their lives.

Anthony, you may have closed the doors to your many restaurants, but you have left the world a more vibrant and flavourful place. Your spirit will forever inspire us to explore, create, and savour life's grandest adventures. You will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered, always.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday, 20 Sep 2023 12:30 pm, at Elgin Mills Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Centres.
Address: 1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, ON, CANADA, L4S 1M9

Funeral service to take place from 1:30 pm, with interment to follow at 3:00 pm.


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Michelle Law (Niece)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Sydney, Australia

Dear Kow Foo,
Thank you for being the most fun, adventurous, and cheeky uncle. I'll forever cherish my memories of you and how kind you always were to me. I'll make sure I continue your legacy of care, love and good humour towards my own family and loved ones. Sending all of my love to Kum Moh, Carlos Biu Gor, Cass Biu Jer, and your grandchildren.
Love Mun Yee.

Felice Chai (Niece)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Singapore

Always remembered your humor, your smile, our precious time together whenever we have chance to met up in Malaysia and Singapore. Love ❤️ you. RIP

Marina & Philip Ho (Good friends since 1989)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Markham

Really missed this good & kind friend.

Kevin Li (Friend)

Entered September 14, 2023 from New York

This truly saddens me. The world has lost a one of a kind man. I still remember the first time Uncle Tony and his family fist immigrated to Canada. For the few days they stayed in our home I knew he was a special “uncle”. He was always so happy and loved life. I miss him very much.

It’s not an understatement to say that he is the reason sushi became a thing in Toronto. Restaurants still try and copy what he created (the sushi time pizza is epic).

Thanks Uncle Tony for being such a great role model. Everyone can learn from you.

Live forever.

Kevin Li

Kris Li (Friend)

Entered September 14, 2023 from Hong Kong

Dear Uncle Tony,
Although we are sadden by your departure, I am very grateful to have known you. Your optimism for life and words of wisdom and encouragement showed us to not give up and not to take life for granted.
May you rest in peace.