On June 26, 2020, Matthew Lee 李啓中,76, after a long and determined battle with his illness, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rita 李林慧光, children Andrea, Serena and Justin, brothers James, Luke, Christopher, and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. A loving father, husband, grandfather and friend, whose gracious heart touched many lives.
Born in Macau, April 4, 1944, to Lee Sai Ming 李世明 and Lee Wong Kam Yuen 李黃錦源, Matthew’s childhood memories are of times with his brothers, growing up in the Lee Mansion which sat on the beautiful Macau shoreline. In 1959, he left for Australia which was the beginning of his life-long love for travel. Matthew had fond memories of his time in Sydney with brother James. A few years later, he joined brother Luke, at Lindisfarne College in Wales, U.K., where he was nicknamed “President” by his fellow Chinese schoolmates for his generosity and helpfulness.
In 1964, Matthew moved to Canada, where he attained two degrees at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. He met Rita just as he started his career in Pharmacy. They tied the knot in Toronto in 1974. He was especially grateful to his brother Chris for flying from Hong Kong to be his best man.
He appreciated the simple pleasures in life, like family time and meals with friends. He embraced the challenges of raising first-generation kids in Canada and shared his love for travel with his family. He provided his family with an extraordinary life filled with exotic adventures - across Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Matthew worked incredibly hard, a respected pharmacist in his community and profoundly loyal to his employer. After a successful 40 year career, he retired at 64. His retirement was coloured with more travel with Rita, from Petra to Christchurch, playdates with grandchildren and holidays with the family.
The past few months has been a difficult road and the pandemic threw challenges in our way, like limiting time, visitors, and quarantines. We are touched by the outpouring of love and support and are truly appreciative of your thoughts and prayers.
Matthew believed that life experiences mattered more than material possessions and so lived an amazingly colourful life filled with love, joy and great times. Through these memories, we know that he walks with us still.
A journey well-traveled. A life well lived. Forever in our hearts.
Info: The Memorial Service will begin at 11am. Guests are welcome to arrive from 10am for Visitation. Due to COVID, regulations restrict the number of guests and require a list of attendees to be provided in advance. Matthew wants everyone to be safe and stay home; however, if you would like to attend, please let us know by Wed July 1st evening. Please provide your Full Name + Phone Number to email@example.com. Remember to bring your mask (mandatory). For those who cannot attend, or if we have reached capacity, there will be a Zoom Link if you would like to join the service. Thank you for your understanding. ** Not expected, but if you would like to contribute, in lieu of Flowers, feel free to make a donation to West Park Healthcare Centre - a Rehabilitation Centre where Matthew received amazing care in their Respiratory Rehab Program for his COPD. Please CLICK on the "Make a Donation" button at the top or bottom of this page.
Info: We care very deeply for everyone's safety during this pandemic. For this reason, we would love for you to virtually attend Matthew's Celebration of Life Memorial Service. The virtual service will be broadcasted using Zoom. It will start at 11:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday July 3, 2020.. We ask you to join in 10 minutes prior to start time. (You may wish to download and register the Zoom app ahead of time from the apple Store or Google Play if you are joining by iPad or Smartphone). *** If using the Zoom app on your device, please enter the meeting ID#: 673 0310 6642 (Password: matthew) You can also copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://vancouvercoastalhealth.zoom.us/j/67303106642?pwd=WGk2QkFRQko4Q0JaaGFYNEpuWXBldz09
Info: Due to COVID, regulations restrict the number of guests at the Inurnment and require a list of attendees to be provided in advance. Matthew wants everyone to be safe and stay home; however, if you would like to attend, please let us know by Thursday July 2nd evening. Please provide your Full Name + Phone Number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remain in your vehicle and meet in the Admin Parking Lot at 10:50 AM where an escort vehicle will lead you to the Burial site. A Mask is mandatory. Thank you for your understanding. ** Not expected, but if you would like to contribute, in lieu of Flowers, feel free to make a donation to West Park Healthcare Centre - a Rehabilitation Centre where Matthew received amazing care in their Respiratory Rehab Program for his COPD. Please CLICK on the "Make a Donation" button at the top or bottom of this page.