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YIP, George Him

November 24, 1924 – St. James, Manitoba
May 24, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

George Yip beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on May 24, 2018 at the age of 93 years.

George was born in St. James, Manitoba but spent his early years in China. At age 12, he rejoined his father in market gardening in Winnipeg. In the 1940s he moved to Toronto to start a new life, working as a mechanic for the Department of National Defence, and later as a Texaco service station owner/operator.

He married Marguerite Lee in 1951 and started a family. In 1960 they moved to Calgary. With his brother Bing, they started a successful take-out and wholesale Chinese food business, Chop Stick Foods Ltd. Later, he was partner in Chinese Village Restaurant and used auto sales. George was a gregarious man with a generous heart. He helped numerous Chinese families immigrate to Canada. George was happiest with friends and family, sharing stories and finding bargains.

He leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law Charlie and Jane Yip; his children and their spouses, Tim and Ingrid Enns, and Debbie and Paul Rintoul; grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer, and Christopher and Paola; great-grandson Julian; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Marguerite in 2009; and siblings Bing, Lily, May, Mabel and Henry.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through family wishes to thank the outstanding care provided by Unit 93, Rockyview General Hospital and Rosedale Hospice. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195.

In living memory of George Yip, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Brent &Deb Garries

    Tim, Debbie, & families. So sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was a very interesting man and will be missed by many.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Brent & Deb Garries

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  2. My condolences go out to my cousins Tim, Ingrid , Debbie, Paul as well as to Uncles Georges Grandchildren, Brother Charlie & Jean Yip. I along with all that knew Uncle George will miss his enthusiasm for life, his love of cars and his love for his predeceased wife, Aunty Margaret. Uncle George was valued & respected for his financial advice, his wit, and his knowledge of cars. He helped many people succeed during his life. My father Bing Yip would have been happy that Uncle George made a pilgrimage to the Yip family ancestral village in China and he shared photos & stories of the tiny rural village along with the relatives whom still live there and whom I will never know. I have numerous good memories of Uncle George at Chop Stick Foods in Calgary where he managed the business and my father grew bean sprouts and made egg noodles (Chow Mien), Wonton & Egg roll skins. Chop Sticks was a whole sale & Chinese , Western Take out & Delivery Restaurant…a true Family Restaurant where family, friends, & cooks would sit down and share the wonderful food that was prepared by the excellent cooks many of whom I regarded as Uncles…. such as Uncle Noble, Uncle Sam. Uncle Fred, Uncle Lucky and not to forget Grand Pa Thick Fook Yip or Goongoon Googoon as us younger Yips knew him. In writing my condolences I am flooded with so many good memories of Uncle George, Aunt Margaret and of cousins Debbie, Timmy, Aunt Teanni Quann, Uncle Johnny Quann, David Quann (We Doy) Teddy, Mayda & Penny. I remember going on deliveries with Cousin Tim & watching Tim & Brother Tom washing bean sprouts, scooping out the shells from the spouts & dad growing and watering them in old bath tubs in a cool dark room. I remember bagging sesame seeds & making egg rolls & won tons with cousin Debbie, playing space ship in the biggest woks know to man….or at least I thought so. I remember Uncle George as a peace maker buying brother David a bike in order to stop a argument between brothers. I remember Uncle George & Aunt Marg housing me and my friends from Banff at their home on Uxbridge Drive after we had attended a Super Tramp Concert at McMahan Stadium….the girls slept inside the boys in my truck. I remember Aunt Margret’s green thumb love of plants and her basement green house. Remembering my Uncle George has caused me to travel back to a time of happiness and innocents, a time when trolley busses were tied in red ribbon bows and the drivers dressed as Santa Claus, a time when for 25 cents each cousin Deb & I could see a movie matinee at a local theater and a time when drive-ins were still in vogue. I remember Uncle George helping Dad relocate to Ontario when my mother Kay passed away in 1967. I was almost ten years old then… I am 61 but I remember. And I remember Uncle Georges numerous visits with Cousin Debbie, Paul and Debbie’s Show dogs to sister Sue and brother-in law John Hamills farm in Penhold, Alberta. Uncle George was a true family man love by all, Uncle George was able to reunite with his brother Charlie with whom he first worked with at a Texaco service station in Toronto…likely where his love of cars began. Uncle George has a sister in New York USA and always spoke well of her. Uncle George…you touched so many lives and all are now better off because of you and your advice.

    If Dad were here he would burn candles to light your way, incense to make you journey pleasant and with the smoke help carry you on your way & he would burn special money so you would have it if you needed it. He would clap three times and say a Buddhist Prayer for you.

    Good Night, Fare Well & Rest in Peace… have lived a good & prosperous life….you have earned your Rest…May God Bless you and Keep Your Prodigy Safe…..

    Your nephew Jimmy, Douglas, Jin Ying Yip
    I do & will always Remember You.

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  3. David Stearne

    Helen Keller once said, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose … All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Your memories of George are part of you all and will be forever treasured.

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  4. Nick and Lyne

    Our sincerest condolences to you and the entire family. Wishing you all the happiest of memories.
    Nick and Lyne

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  5. Our deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of a great man. Uncle George will never be forgotten. So many fantastic memories of Uncle George. May he Rest In Peace.

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  6. Dear Tim and Debbie
    I’m sad to learn of your Dad’s passing. I hope his transition was peaceful and comfortable.
    He and your Mom were guests at Lilian and my wedding in 1965. He was a good friend and will be missed. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  7. Bonnie and Ron Morrisroe

    To the Yip family,everyone will miss Uncle George.He was not only Uncle George to members of his family but an Uncle George to all my friends as well . Every body that knew him called him Uncle George the young and the old as well.I am sure he has left a special memory with everyone who had the opportunity to get to know him. He will be missed but leaves behind many good memories. Heaven has another angel.

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  8. Debbie & Paul
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss of your Dad.
    He will be miss but there will always be memories.

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  9. My deepest sympathies and condolences. He was a very kind and funny person who I’m sure will be missed by all who knew him.

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  10. Richard Low-On

    Tim and Ingrid, We are saddened by the loss of your father. We hope that your family and friends bring you comfort during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Richard and Maggie Low-On

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  11. Tim & Ingrid & Family,
    Sorry to hear of George’s passing. I did enjoy our Saturday breakfast when he came. He was always a laugh.
    My thoughts are with you in this time of Sadness.

    Phil Hodge

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  12. Condolences to my cousins Tim and Debbie. I wrote the following as my way to celebrate the life of Uncle George.

    In Memory to My Uncle George

    Uncle Geoege would always tell me how I asked him (when I was a child); ‘Uncle George, are you REALLY my uncle?’

    When you grow up in a Chinese family, ‘everyone’ is called ‘uncle’ or ‘aunty’, which can be confusing to a little child when they are learning their ‘roots’.

    My father, Bing, was his ‘half brother’ so technically he was my ‘half’ uncle, but I still considered him a ‘full’ uncle !

    My last visit with him in the hospital, I finally got him , jokingly, to admit to me that ‘Yes’ he was really my Uncle !

    My thoughts and memories of Uncle George are as follows:

    Uncle George was a self-made man. He was not born into a wealthy family. Quite the opposite. His parents were among Canada’s Chinese pioneers that helped build the farming community surrounding Winnipeg. Life was hard for him, especially when he lost his mother at age 5, and having younger siblings to care for.

    Life got even harder, traveling across the ocean to a ‘foreign’ country called China in the late 1920’s, and almost being ‘sold’ by a ‘wicked stepmother’. Fortunately for him, other family members rescued him. Such childhood experiences helped form the hard working and dedicated family man he became.

    Uncle George was an intelligent, smart man and knew the importance of getting a good education. He trained to become a Texaco automotive mechanic and was proud to display his certificate. He did not go to university, but Uncle George knew more than any MBA, from the school of life’s experience. He did not stop at being a mechanic, but became a respected business man: first as owner operator of a Texaco garage and then pioneering in Chinese food take-out restaurants.

    Uncle George had a sense of adventure and was a risk taker. He was willing to leave his garage business and home in Toronto to move and start a new way of life in Calgary in the restaurant business. As a child, I remember riding in the back of the station wagon travelling across Canada with him and his family. It was my first adventure too.

    Uncle George was a romantic. He competed for Aunty Marguerite’s hand in marriage with Al Perrygood. Uncle Al told me his secret that he wanted to marry Aunty Marguerite, except she chose the better man, Uncle George !

    Uncle George was a motivator. He motivated others to do the best they can. I remember he challenged my brother Tom that if he did not smoke before he was 21 he would give him $100. Well Tom didn’t smoke, until after he turned 21.

    Uncle George was a faithful family man. He never forgot his baby sister Mable, who was left behind in China when they were still children. He made sure they reunited again and was instrumental in bringing her back to Canada.

    Uncle George was a counsellor and always willing to give you advice. It was Uncle George that advised me to get a credit card and establish a line of credit. It’s too bad I didn’t live closer to get more advice from him. I might be better off today financially !

    Uncle George was a dedicated man. Dedicated to his family, work and friends. Right until the time he had his stroke, he would go out every morning to meet his friends. Even when he was in his personal care home, he would regularly do his own exercises daily. He was very self motivated.

    Uncle George was a proud family man. Although he worked long hours at Chopsticks, I remember Tim or Debbie were always around him helping with deliveries. Uncle George may have bragged about his cars, but he bragged more about his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments!

    Uncle George was a practical man, having only two children, instead of ten, like his older brother Bing! I may be one of ten, but there can only be one Uncle George, and I’m glad he was my real uncle. Rest In Peace Uncle George. Love your niece Lyla Yip.

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  13. Richard and Joyce Lowe

    Tim and Ingrid,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences on on your loss.
    Richard and Joyce Lowe

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