It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we say good-bye to our Ba Ba, Foon Wing Joe. Sadly he passed on May 9th, 2020 at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto at the age of 87. Despite the on-going pandemic lockdowns, his children were allowed to be with him at the end of his life on earth.
Our Ba Ba was born in 1933 in Canton, China. He married our Ma Mah, Choi Yun (deceased 2014) in Hong Kong, the fall of 1950. Together they raised 4 children in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He is survived by Linda Sui-Ling (Jim), Mabel Oi-Ling (Hayward), Carol Poi-Ling (Ed) and his son, Kim Gim Hong (Winnie). He was the proud Goan Goan / Yeh Yeh to 11 grandchildren: Caitlin, Amanda (Ben), Chad (Ally), Gillian, Brett, Emma, Tate, Erin, Elyse, Eiljah, and Janzen.
Dad is also survived by his older sister, Mrs Seto of Bowmanville and her family, as well as by our aunt "Kilwho", and his devoted niece, Winnie Morin and her family.
Dad arrived in Canada shortly after his marriage, in 1951. He spent some time in Texas, Nova Scotia, Barrie (ON), and Toronto before becoming a partner in a Chinese restaurant (Paris Lunch) in Kirkland Lake. Our Mom and Linda, joined him in 1959 in Toronto. He was a successful business man and provider for his growing family. Eventually, they followed Linda to Toronto, and bought their home on Leyton Ave, Scarborough. There were many happy celebrations in that house.
Our father was a gifted gardener - always so thrilled to show us how well his winter and bitter melons were doing. He had a passion for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Raptors. He loved to travel and we have fond memories of Caribbean family vacations, a trip to Disney World (Florida) and California. He fulfilled a bucket list to take a cruise a few years ago. His Haiwian trip, 5 years ago was a highlight. He forgot his watch at home so we took him to Wal-Mart and he picked out a US 20.00 gold coloured watch. He was beyond happy - he felt like a rich man.
Goan Goan / Yeh Yeh was rich in many ways. He found a soul mate in our mother. He raised devoted children and most importantly, his grandchildren were a source of pride and joy. He loved and adored them all.
Our Dad was also a scratch and win enthusiast. His enjoyment was well known. When Dad passed, many of Chad's friends purchased scratch and win tickets in Dad's honour. Our Dad, a mini celebrity!
We would be remiss if we didn't mention that our sister Mabel was Dad's main caregiver and confidant the last 6 years. Mabel took care of all of Dads medical appointments and took him grocery shopping. Thank You Mabel.
Ba Ba taught us to work hard, to be kind, gentle and to be thankful for life's wonderful moments. We will miss your mischievous grin and your gentle ways. We will miss your memories of your life before us and especially your stories about us and your grand babies. Ba Ba, we know Ma Mah has been waiting a long time for you. We can imagine you and Ma Mah enjoying a meal of fish or lobster heads and getting a table of Maj Jong going.
Ba Ba, until we meet you and Ma Mah again, we will take care of each other.
In lieu of flowers a donation to Sunnybrook Hospital (Odette Cancer Centre) would be appreciated.
Graveside Service (Immediate Family Only due to Covid 19 restrictions)