In memory of
Lisa Yit Hoo Kan (Fong) 簡悦好女士
January 9, 1948 -
June 5, 2019
In loving memory of our hero and mother:
Lisa Yit-Hoo Kan (Fong), 71 years old, of Scarborough ON (formerly Dartmouth NS) passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 5th 2019, at the Midland Gardens Seniors Apartment Retirement Residence.
Born in 1948 to Kan Tung Shing and Lam Wai Ching, in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She was married at 18 years old and gave birth to two children (Yeuk Wah (Lisa) and Wai Ming (Michael)) before she emigrated to Canada in 1968 with her young family. First settling in Ottawa, ON she gave birth to two more sons (Wai Houng (Ivon) and Wai Kwong (Hubert)) before moving to Nova Scotia where she gave birth to her final two sons (Wai Yip (Jason) and Wai Kwok (Tommy)).
In the late 1970's she helped run the Apple Restaurant, Dartmouth NS, a family business. She lived between Nova Scotia and Ontario for most of her life in Canada. She spent her final years in Ontario to be closer to her family.
She studied food services at the College of Cape Breton, completed her GED as a mature student at Dartmouth High School, took courses in carpentry and home renovation, helped with the family business and raised her children. She worked as a seamstress for part of her life and invested herself in helping others in the community.
Despite fighting poverty, domestic abuse, and mental health challenges she remained a remarkable role model for her six children. Mom was a fighter to the very end. Never blaming others for her personal situation and always finding ways to overcome her life's challenges to give her loved ones a better chance to succeed.
She jokingly told stories about her children's many childhood brawls as being 'faces full of tears and boogies.' She regularly declared her love and pride for all of her children. She will always be remembered as a determined mother, steadfast at fending away the darkness for her children.
She is predeceased by her half-sister, Kan Ying. She is survived by her two younger brothers (Godfrey and Raymond), six 'lovely' children, and her six 'wonderful' grandchildren (Hannah, Katia, Nicholas, Nathan, Madison, and Sergei), whom she always spoke of with joy. Her family is her proudest achievement. She successfully raised a teacher, a surgeon, an IT specialist, a securities specialist, a physician, and an environmentally-conscious economist.
Her funeral will be held on June 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Pine Hills Funeral Home, Scarborough ON.