Dad passed away peacefully at home in the early morning of Friday, October 23, 2020. He is remembered by his loving wife of 62 years, Lucy. Together, they had 3 children: Winnie Lee (Albert), Eddie Chan (Joyce) and Daphne Mark (Hugh); 6 grandchildren: Ashley Di Labio (Tony), Ryan Lee (Lindsay), Cassandra Mark (Philip), Brandon Mark, Jennifer Chan and Katherine Chan; and 4 great grandchildren: Theodore Di Labio, Evelyn Di Labio, James Lee and Benjamin Lee.
Bernard was the 2nd son of 14 children born to Chan Shu Chung and Cheung Han Yung. Coming from a large family, he was loved and supported throughout to the end by his surviving siblings: Allan Chan, Stephen Chan, Debra Yam, Florence Wong, Alice Kai, Victoria Lam, Sydney Chan, Adrian Chan and surviving spouses: Phyllis Chan, Reynold Yam, Mercedes Chan, Yan Kai, Tony Lam, May Chan and Kitty Chan and by his many nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his siblings: Yuk Kwai Chan, Elsie Wong, Robert Chan and Lawrence Chan. He is also predeceased by the spouses of his siblings: Lai Shuk Chun Chan, Benny Wong, Lawrence Yuk Fai Wong.
Bernard was a strong student and attended the University of Hong Kong, following in his father’s footsteps at his alma mater. He started out as a teacher, including teaching the Hong Kong police force, progressing to become the Superintendent of Schools in Hong Kong and later a high school principal. Even though Bernard achieved success in teaching, he and Lucy decided to immigrate to Canada, sponsored by Lucy's sister Jessie Wong and her husband Eugene Wong, that would enable his children to have more opportunities and a better life. Bernard’s passion was his love of horses and watching the races; a hobby he shared with his eldest brother Allan and which he continued to enjoy, even up to his final night. Bernard was a scholar and bestowed on his family his love for education and continuous learning. He is also survived by the students he taught in Hong Kong, who he remained in contact with and regarded with special fondness.
The family would like to thank his personal support workers, Monepha and Annete, who supported Lucy and provided care to Bernard over the past few years as well as his family doctor, Dr. Nancy Chang, and those doctors, nurses and staff at Mackenzie Health Hospital where he frequented for his brief hospital stays. As such, donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Mackenzie Health Hospital or to your personal charity of choice.
The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday October 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at York Cemetery. The funeral service will be limited to immediate family members due to the family’s concern for the health and safety of friends and family. Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Bernard and view a celebration of his life on the website https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/site/BernardYuk-SumChan.html