Siu Yan Yu passed away at 1:04pm on October 8, 2021 at the age of 77. Born in Guangdong, China on August 19, 1944, Siu Yan was the second eldest of 5 children to father Yuk Cheun Yu, a policeman and mother Mui Yu, a housewife.
Siu Yan grew up in Hong Kong and Taiwan before moving to Toronto, Ontario in November 1968 where he began his career in the hospitality industry as a bartender and eventually opened his first restaurant in the mid-70s. His love of food and entertaining fuelled a successful 31 year career in the restaurant business, only retiring in 2007 due to health concerns. Even after retirement, he was constantly taking care of others first, always the first to top up others’ wine glasses and filling their plates.
Siu Yan was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Tim, daughters Katherine, Ivy (Saveng) Sananikone and Wendy (Peter) Yu, grandsons Nathan and Daniel, and siblings Shirley (Tony) Seto, Cybele (the late Charles) Yeung, and Kei Yan (Renee) Yu. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Hip Yan (Ivy) Yu.
Visitation will be held on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 9am to 10am at Pine Hills Funeral Centre. Restrictions will be put in place to limit the number of visitors at any one time. A small funeral service will follow with family members only starting at 10am.
The visitation and service will be live streamed. There will be a link that you can click on at the top of this page at 9:25 am.
Info: Due to COVID-19 room capacity is limited to maintaining physical distancing requirements and use of Face Coverings are mandatory while inside our facilities. Only a limited number of people are allowed in the building at a time. Rotation of visitors is permitted, once the limit is reached, no further guests are allowed in until others have left the building. In order to provide all attendees to pay their last respects please be mindful and limit your time in the room.