In memory of

Billings Chan 陳偉達

July 23, 1964 -  March 30, 2020

Billings Chan passed away peacefully the morning of March 30th, 2020, at the age of 55. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 28 years, Yvonne, and his 3 sons: Calvin, Matthew, and Kyle.

Billings was born in Hong Kong on July 23rd, 1964. In 1981, he moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland to study at Booth Memorial High School where he met his future wife. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1989. After working in the aviation industry for more than 10 years, he co-founded Aviya Aerospace Systems in 2002 where he continued to work until his passing.

He will always be remembered for his cheerful, gentle, caring, and kind personality and for always having a smile on his face. He will be remembered for his dedication to his work, his love to his family, and as a role model for his children. Billings' positive attitude towards life, his never give up mentality, and his determination throughout the battle with brain cancer has been an inspiration to all.

The funeral will be held on Monday, April 13th, 2020 at 2pm. Due to Coronavirus, the funeral is required to be a private event for family only. The funeral will be live streamed and the link will be updated here when available. The recording will also be accessible in the video section after the service. Please feel free to sign the online guestbook, add photos/videos you have of Billings, or add a personal story about Billings (in Life Stories under My Stories in the navigation bar at the top).

If you would like to make a donation in Billings' memory, there is a link on the navigation bar. All donations in memory of Billings Chan will be designated to the Brain Tumour Research Fund. Any donation messages will be mailed to the Chan family.


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Wan yiu sing and wan shing yun (Uncle and brother in law)

Entered April 8, 2020 from Hong kong

舅父 一路順風
尚且記得你年輕時的瘦削, 你”欣賞“蠟筆小新的專心, 你喜歡的啤酒, 還有很多很多片段, 雖然見不到你了, 但對你的記憶會永遠留存在我的心內.

Luke Ng, Sharon Chau, Vivienne Chau-Ng (Friend)

Entered April 8, 2020 from Toronto

Billings, you are my Captain, one of the best Captains I know. It's been an honor to serve you. Your kindness and brilliance will always be remembered. I bid you farewell on your journey and may we meet again.

Kate & Daniel Ho (Brother and sister in Christ)

Entered April 8, 2020 from North York, Ontario

Billy's gentle quiet but perserverance spirit,
his trust in God during his struggle with his illness is an inspiration to us.
Our deepest condolences to Yvonne and their 3 sons. May God's presence during this difficult time is their comfort and hope!

Frank Kor (Friend)

Entered April 8, 2020 from Toronto

I was devastated to hear about your passing. I can’t believe this could happen to someone as wonderful. You have been a great boss, mentor and friend. One of the smartest people I know.

I’ll miss the days we spent at the old Argentina basement office with the old crew working around the clock to meet testing deadlines. Even when everyone was passing out due to lack of sleep you were still sleep-working and sleep-talking to yourself to push us over the finish line! Much respects!

Rest In Peace,
Frank Kor

Hamed Hamedi 

Entered April 8, 2020

I had no chance to meet Billy but I was lucky to get hired in a company that he was one of the founders. Thank you Billy and rest in peace.

I Would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family. May the soul of him be at peace. My most sincere condolences.

Life Stories 

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Brian So (Friend)

Entered April 12, 2020 from Ottawa

Billings and I studied Electrical Engineering at Memorial University together. Our engineering class was not big and almost all courses except a few electives were taught in the same classroom. Only a handful of us were from Hong Kong so we were quite close. I remembered Billings always dozing off at class. As a result, some professors sometimes called him out to answer questions. Somehow he could give the answer every time. He has the skill of napping and listening at the same time. It looked amazing but we all know that he was studying hard.

Back then, Billings ate a lot and never gained any weight. He remained slim and fit. One work term, Billings, Kirk, and I were in Ottawa. We went to a Chinese restaurant to have supper. There were a few set dinners with two, four, and six dish meals. We decided that the four dish meal was not very good so we picked the six dish one. Guess what? We finished every bit of the food. That was one good old day that I always remember.

Billings is kind and caring. He and Yvonne drove from Toronto to Ottawa to attend my wedding. He volunteered to videotape the whole wedding ceremony for us. Every time my wife and I watch it, we think about Billings.

We will all have our own personal and special memories of the mark Billings left in our hearts. I will always remember his cheerfulness and kindness. He will be missed by us all.

- Brian


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