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LEE, Brian Ying Kuen

May 27, 1950 – Toi Shan, Guangdong, China
December 13, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Brian Ying Kuen Lee of Calgary, beloved husband of Jackie Po Chu Chan, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the age of 63 years.

Born in Toi Shan, Guangdong, China, Brian escaped to Hong Kong at the age of 11 hidden under the floorboards of a ferry boat and later immigrated to Canada at the age of 16. Refusing to be kept back by his English teacher in high school, Brian ultimately graduated from the University of British Columbia School of Engineering. He had a long and successful career as cofounder and Principal of LeeMaher Engineering Associates Ltd., and cofounder and Partner of Skyscape Management Inc. with his business partner of 26 years, Bill Maher. A devoted Christian, Brian was ex-chair of Calgary’s Chinese Baptist Church Council and a respected and dedicated member of the Calgary Chinese Christian Wing Kei Nursing Home Association, which provides compassionate care for Calgary’s Chinese Seniors, having been an ex-chair of the Board of Directors and its current Secretary.

Strong in his Christian faith, Brian was a leader in his community and a mentor to many. He will be remembered for his deep love of family, his passion for travel, his integrity, loyalty, sense of humor and the joy he found in the company of good friends. While he was, until the end, tremendously proud of his children and grandchildren, with respect to his own numerous accomplishments he remained ever humble.

Besides his devoted wife Jackie, Brian is survived by his three daughters Krystall (Janick), Krimsen (Dean) and Clarissa; four grandchildren Callie, Aviah, Isaac and Dominic; and four brothers Cheuk (Fai), Dick (Wanda), Jimmy and Johnny (Jeverly).

Brian was genuinely loved and respected by so many and will be greatly missed. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at Centre Street Church “Central Campus” (3900 – 2nd Street N.E.) on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Brian Lee, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Don and Lee Knittle :

    To Jackie, Krimsen and family
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Brian will be greatly missed. Our prayers and blessing are with you
    All our love. Don, Lee, Kendall, Derek, Tristan and Shea.

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  2. Brian was an outstanding land development engineer and a GREAT GUY! He will be missed and not forgotten! I express my sincere condolences to Brians wife and children.

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  3. Brian:
    It was an honour and priviledge to have met and worked with you this past summer.
    Rest in Peace. Thanks.
    Keith.

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  4. William & Karen Chan :

    We miss you since you left us all of a sudden. It is not easy to take, but knowing that you are safe and sound with Jesus by your side gives us comfort. Heaven must be a beautiful place, much more beautiful than any place in the world. We will meet one day.

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  5. Patricia Maloney :

    I knew and worked with Brian off and on for over 20 years. He was wonderful to work with and he will be greatly missed both professionally and personally. My condolences to his family in this sad time.

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  6. Simon & Mimi Wan :

    To our beloved brother in Christ Brian,
    We miss you and we are sorry to hear about that you were taken so suddenly.
    On the other hand we thank God for taking you without much pain and suffering & also leaving so much blessings to others through your life on earth.
    To Brian’s family,
    May Jesus’s love and eternal hope comfort you all!
    Sorry that we cannot come to pay the last respect to Brian because we are in Romania, Europe now serving God in S.T. mission trip.

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  7. Simon & Mimi Wan :

    Brian,
    We miss you and we are sorry to hear that God has taken you so suddenly.
    On the other hand we thank God for taking you without much pain or suffering.
    We also thank God for giving others so much blessing through your life.

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  8. It was a pleasure working for Brian at LeeMaher Eng. He will be remembered always…

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  9. W. Brett Wilson :

    On behalf of my colleagues at Prairie Merchant and myself I offer our condolences to Brian’s family and close friends. We worked closely with him on our Strathmore development – and really appreciated his sage advice and attention to detail – he will be greatly missed as we move forward. Best, Brett

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  10. Arthue Chan 陳冠國 :

    三家姊,

    得知姊夫遽爾逝世,來得突然。我們心中都沉痛而悲傷,只有片片溫馨的追憶以及懷念。
    望能節哀順變,心情早日平復,我們都希望你多多保重身體才好。
    謹代表我們所有親人的深切慰問。

    二叔,二嬸,家人上

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  11. My old friend Brian,
    I am very sad that we did not have a chance to say good bye, and regret that we did not spend more time together. We shared some wonderful memories from our UBC days, I will always treasure them. We will one day meet again in heaven, my old friend and brother. Ken

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  12. Anna & Chu Hei Yuen :

    It’s hard to admit the fact that you’ve left us so suddenly. Our memory is still filled with your smile. humour, philosophy of life that you shared with us during our trip to Peru, the evening get-together in Sept. as well as the afternoon tea in HK in Nov. What’s most, is the love you shared with everybody. We’re glad that you’re now in the hands of our Lord. See you in heaven then!

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  13. 永在怀念中
    永远爱您
    永远敬爱您
    您永远都是我们最慈祥的 Brian Lee
    您永远都是我们最伟大的 Brian Lee

    Always remember you
    Everlasting remembrance
    Love you forever
    Love you forever
    You will always be our most kindly Brian Lee
    You will always be our greatest Brian Lee

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  14. Hi Uncle Brian,

    You will be dearly missed, because of your loving kindness. We will share the pains and joy together in life when we revisit you in heaven.

    I’ll see you there someday when we meet our Creator together.

    Sincerely,

    Nathan Chan

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  15. Thomas OW Fong :

    Brian ,
    You and Jacky were the first church leaders visited our home a decade ago. You set examples to us how to be committed to charity, personal caring and loving the church. What you have done would be in our thoughts for a long time.

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  16. William & Karen Chan :

    Dear Jackie & family,

    It is very hard to find words to comfort you for the loss of your beloved husband & father. This video “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Pastor Don Piper encourages and comforts us and many. Hope you too find comfort in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O0KCfLqMZo

    Love, William & Karen

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  17. Randy Klarenbach :

    Krystall sorry to hear of your loss. My dad passed away a decade ago and I still miss him, but as time passes I think you will find the happy memories take some of the sting away. Best to Janick and your family.

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  18. Benson Chew Lee :

    Our jokes and pranks in the UBC days will keep me cherished for the rest of my life and beyond.
    My world without Brian is a world with less laughter and happy moments.
    We miss you for all the wild jokes and humor you brought us in the good old days.
    May you rest in peace.
    Benson

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  19. Brian,

    You and Jackie were the first church leaders visited our home a decade ago. You set good examples to us as how to be committed to charity, personal caring and loving the church. What you have done would be in our hearts for a long time.

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  20. To the family of Brian YK Lee,

    It is with great sadness that I offer my deepest condolences with the loss of this esteemed gentleman. He had a great sense of humor and a passion for life, qualities that blessed him with a wonderful family, success in the business world and in the local community. Noting his involvement in mentoring and contributions, it was his expression of his commitment and care to those around him.

    I had the honor and privilege to have worked with him during a brief stint before moving to the West Coast and has given me indelible memories of the experiences.

    Thank you Brian for being there at the right time and the right place. I am certain that many will express the similar thoughts and feelings.

    Dana Mah

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  21. I am very sorry and sad to hear that brian died. He was a very nice man and man of his world

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  22. Rest in peace, Brian.
    My condolences to Po Chu and Family.

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  23. My condolences to the family on Brian’s sudden passing I know he will be missed by many people. Prayers for you at this time of grief. Gary

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  24. Neal + Mary Coulter :

    Jackie & Family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Brian was a truly wonderful man! We will miss that mischievous little smile.

    Love Neal, Mary and family xo

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  25. Brian, Murray & Sherry Pound :

    To the Family and associates of Brian:
    we wish to offer our condolences.
    our 25 year association with his firm provided us
    with required engineering services, but more that that
    there developed a trust and friendship that truly surpassed
    our working relationship. Brian had a great laugh and
    that also will be missed.

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  26. Andrew & Agnes Law :

    Brian,

    Remembered your happy, smiling face every time see you at church. Remembered your gentleness and warm welcoming always give people a spirit of joy. During many activies at church, you love to hold a professional camera to take pictures for peopleso that they can keep their good memories but you always forgot to include yourself in the pictures.

    Yes, remember you always.

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  27. Pat & Anita CHUA :

    Jackie and family,

    With our deepest condolences, we share your loss of Brian. We will forever remember our days spent at church, many dinners and outings; particularly, many bridge games that we enjoyed.

    May you find peace and comfort in God!

    Pat and Anita
    Hong Kong

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  28. Pat & Anita CHUA :

    Jackie and family,

    We share your loss of Brian with the deepest sympathy. We will forever remember days that we spent at church, outings and many bridge nights in Calgary.

    May you find peace in God!

    Pat and Anita Chua
    Hong Kong

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  29. Maryam, Nils & baby Z :

    Dearest Krystall, Janick and Dominic

    Our sincerest condolences to you and all of your family. May you all find strength and patience during this difficult time and find comfort in the memories you have shared together. Love and hugs from The De Groefs Xx

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  30. To my brother-in-law Brian,
    It seems only yesterday we first met in your wedding April, 1995. You had no problem to blend into the Chan’s family. We will have problems of losing you. Your love and smiles to your grandchildren, daughters and all nephews and niece will be remembered always.
    Till we meet again.
    Viola

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  31. Krystall, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Your words reflect a man of great accomplishment and character, and in those ways he clearly lives on through you. I wish you and your family both love and support as you find your way back towards peace.

    My deepest condolences,
    David

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  32. DeeAnne Riendeau :

    I carry Brian’s family and all who knew him in my heart. Sending you all love and light as you heal from the loss of an extraordinary man. He leaves behind an amazing legacy in both his personal and professional life. I am so thankful to have met Brian and been impacted by his kind heart and joyful personality.
    With love,
    DeeAnne

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  33. Dear Jackie:
    May the beautiful memories of Brian and the love of our Lord will carry you through this sorrowful time. Thinking of you.
    Emily

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  34. Susan, Marvin & Kenneth Ho :

    Dear Jackie and family,

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time, Brian was a great man, he will be remembered.

    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

    Love
    Susan, Marvin, Kenneth

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  35. Edward, Wendy, Martin & Gordon Chow :

    To Jackie & family,

    We are saddened to hear of this news and offer our sympathies. At the same time, there is joy in a life well-lived and we know that is the case here. Brian will be remembered for his happy and generous spirit, one that was infectious to all he knew.

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  36. Veronica & Eddie :

    Dear Jackie,
    Thinking of you at your time of sorrow.May your heart find healing in cherished memories.May your spirit find comfort in the thoughts and prayers of those who care about you. Our prayers are with you.
    Veronica & Eddie

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  37. Veronica & Eddie Chan :

    Dear Jackie,
    Thinking of you at your time of sorrow. May your heart find healing in cherished memories. May your spirit find comfort in the thoughts and prayers of those who care about you.
    Our deepest condolence.
    Veronica & Eddie

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  38. I am sorry to hear that.
    It happened so sudden.
    May God bring peace and consolation to you all – his family & loved ones.

    God Bless,

    Pastorpo

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  39. Dear Po Chu and Family,

    We are shocked and saddened to learn of Brian’s sudden death. It must be real hard loosing such a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle…
    Our thoughts and prayer are with you All.

    Ruth and Sandy

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  40. Hussein Bhaiji :

    Dear Family members.
    Sorry for the belated condolences. I did not know.
    Brain was really an amicable person and easy to get along with. My short association with him over the last two years, was encouraging and he was an exceptional engineer.
    may God rest his Soul.

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  41. Jackie Po Chu Chan Lee :

    Dear all….. family, friends, … and love ones…
    Did anyone ever write condolences to herself ?? Well, I figure this is the only way to “talk” to you; finally I just sat down and read all 40 comments. Thanks for all your condolences.
    It is only one month and 6 days. When the doorbell rang ( the delivery man for dinner), both grand daughters yelled “Grandpa, grandpa !” They were all so excited and looking forward to seeing grandpa at the door. Callie mentioned Grandpa has gone too long for vacation. Time for him to come back. It has not been easy. But trust in our Lord; He will guide us through and we have to remember to carry His Cross everyday. And pray that we’ll all rejoice in Heaven one day. Remember … Let it Shine…. the little light of mine !
    thanks again
    Love Jackie Po Chu

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