The Han family is sad to announce the passing of their beloved husband and father, Kyung-Sup Han, aged 90, on March 11, 2018. Mr. Han passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Yong Hyun Han, and his three children and their spouses: Susan Han (Ross Price), Sally Han (Peter Malakhov), and Douglas Han (Debra Parisi); and five grandchildren: Gregory, Scott, Marcus, Jackson, and Charlotte.
He is also survived by his elder brother in Seoul, Korea, Jeong-Sup Han, and his younger brother in San Jose, California, Dr. Mansop Hahn, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Chun Hak Han.
Kyung Han was born January 3, 1928 in Hamhung, in what later became North Korea. At age 17, he fled the incoming regime, traveling the perilous hundreds of kilometres south to Seoul, where, miraculously, he would be reunited with all members of his immediate family. A talented, if not always diligent student, he graduated in 1952 from Seoul National University with a degree in civil engineering.
After taking refuge away from the capital during the Korean War, Kyung and his family returned to Seoul in 1954. There, he met Yong Hyun Kim, also a graduate of Seoul National University, and at the time a young teacher at Kyung Ki Secondary School, who would become the love of his life. Fifty-one years ago, on a cold and snowy day in February 1967, he landed alone in Toronto, soon followed by his wife and two daughters.
Together with his wife, Kyung began a new life in Canada with a shaky grasp of English, but with enthusiasm and boundless optimism. Within a year, there was a newborn son to join the two young girls. Although he was unable to re-qualify as a professional engineer in his adopted country, he worked for an engineering firm, thriving in Canada's era of economic growth and expansion. He liked to work with his hands, building an extension to his suburban home and helping to furnish and to renovate the homes of his children. Kyung was also an avid reader of world history, who followed current events closely, via his beloved CBC, and myriad online outlets. He rounded out a full life by also being a determined tennis player, a professional sports enthusiast and a world traveller.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of St.Michael's and Rouge Valley Centenary Hospitals for the care and kindness they gave to Mr. Han in his final days.
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.