It is with great sadness that the family of Hedy Yi-Lee Chan announces her passing after a brief yet courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 1, at the age of 61 years.
Born in Hong Kong on July 18, 1958, Hedy was the youngest of all siblings and the only daughter. She was a star student at St. Bonaventure College and was one of the co-founding leaders for the Legion of Mary in that college. Upon completing her schooling, she started her career as an executive secretary for a high profile law firm in Hong Kong.
In 1984, Hedy immigrated to Canada and took some time off to raise her family. Once her children were older, Hedy was determined to pursue a career in education and worked hard to complete her certification through George Brown which led her to the path of becoming an Education Assistant for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. For the past 18 years, Hedy worked at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School assisting special needs children; she was extremely dedicated to helping them with their growth and development. One of her favourite things to do was to come up with creative and interactive projects for them to collaborate on.
While her time with us simply does not seem long enough, Hedy accomplished more than anyone else could in a lifetime. She was a devout Catholic and was committed to organizing clothing and food donation drives multiple times a year for the Sisters in the FMA Philippines province. Hedy also thoroughly enjoyed hosting parties in her home for her friends, finding treasures at Value Village and watching the Sound of Music. Anyone could see that Hedy had a heart of gold; her kindness and generosity touched so many people and we know that she will be missed so very much.
Hedy leaves behind her daughters Carmen (Huy) and Rachel; brothers Simond (Cecilia), Charlie, and Brian (Brenda); and Gabriel (ex-spouse). She also leaves behind her beloved cat Sushi. She was preceded in death by her parents Ka Chuen Chan, Fong Sok Han and her brother Alan.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her illness especially to the Oncology & Nursing team at the Scarborough General Hospital. Flowers or donations to Best Buddies (www.bestbuddies.ca) would be greatly appreciated.