Derek Kam Wing Chan
26 April, 1942 – 9 May, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Derek Kam Wing Chan announces his sudden passing after complications from surgery, on Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 79 years.
Derek was born in Hong Kong, where he spent his formative years and established a career at the Hong Kong Telephone Company. He fostered and valued the long lasting friendships with colleagues that have endured to date. It is also in Hong Kong, where he met his wife of 49 years, Anna, whom he loved and cherished immensely. In 1982, Derek made the difficult decision to immigrate to Canada with Anna and their young family, leaving behind an established career, family and friends with the hopes of providing better educational opportunities for his three sons. Upon arriving in Calgary, Derek was hired into the downtown Westin Hotel, where he worked tirelessly as a bellman for 24 years. In retirement, his love of travel blossomed, travelling to many places all around the world with Anna and their large circles of friends. He also discovered a passion for cooking and baking and will be fondly remembered for the tasty home cooked meals for Anna and her mahjong friends.
Derek is survived by his wife Anna, and their children Eddie (Ellen), Michael (Karen), Kenneth (Yvonne). Derek will also be missed by their seven grandchildren, Madison, Ethan, Emily, Ronin, Kaitlyn, Brayden and Rhys; siblings, Sik Kuen (Yuk Lan), David (Chor Wa) and Suzanne; sister-in-law, Loong Yee Kuen, as well as his large extended family of cousins, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters in-law and friends.
Derek was predeceased by his brother Kam Chuen and brother in-law Tony Wu.
He will be remembered for his kindness and loyalty to friends, work ethic, dedication to his family, and tireless contributions to volunteer work.
A Private Funeral Service will be held in memory of Derek at the Foster's Garden Chapel Funeral Home on Friday, May 14, 2021. Interment will follow at Queens Park Cemetery
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Derek Kam Wing Chan
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