Ryan Hin-Wai Chew

23 November , 199131 December , 2018

It is with great sadness, that the family of Ryan Hin-Wai Chew, wish to announce his sudden passing on Monday, December 31, 2018 at the age of 27 years.

Ryan was dedicated to an active and healthy lifestyle. He loved attending Yoga and Spin classes, sometimes as much as 7+ times a week. Ryan’s Yoga instructor, Chris Rurka, was someone he looked up to and aspired to be. Ryan’s adventurous spirit influenced his love for hiking and travelling with his family and friends. Some of these places included Hong Kong, Shanghai, Suzhou, snorkeling in Borneo and a Canopy Treetop Tour in Kota Kinabalu, where he walked the top of ancient trees and witnessed the grandeur of a hundred-million-year-old rainforest. Ryan also saw Sultan’s Palace in Brunei, and experienced a variety of street food across many European countries. When he was not exploring the world, he enjoyed cheering on Canadian speed skaters like Denny Morrison, and figure skaters Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.

Ryan was a fun, happy and compassionate individual with a big heart. He was always there in times of need, both for his family and his friends. His perfectionist personality and GQ style is an attribute we will all remember.

He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Lily; Paternal Grandfather and Step-Grandmother, Fook Ho (Yen) Chew; Maternal Grandmother, Shui Yiu Lee; Uncles and Aunts, Alex (Jacoba) Chew, Francis (Karen) Chew, Lily (Hung) Trinh, Nancy (Joe) Tang, Way Man (Marina) Lee, Peter (Brenda) Lee, Jimmy (Hannah) Lee and Ricky (Sim) Lee. Ryan will also be lovingly remembered by many cousins, extended relatives, and dear friends.

Memorial Donations will be accepted by the family on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to be forwarded to a charity, yet to be chosen.


  • Visitation Tuesday, 8 January , 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, 9 January , 2019

Ryan Hin-Wai Chew

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Han Nguyen

28 January 2019

I had the pleasure of having had the opportunity to speak to Ryan for a bit during my university years. We both majored in similar degrees, and I imagine we both struggled through the same labs and assignments together but we made it through. I have a vivid memory of Ryan and I standing in front of our lab as we waited for our TA to finish up with a session he had before ours. He was late! That left little time for conversation between Ryan and I so, we joked about our classes and our assignments. Ever since then Ryan has left a memorable impression on me as he was kind, funny, and every synonym for the word 'awesome'. It has been years since I had graduated from school but I still remember that moment. I am at loss for words at the occasion. I do hope that Ryan knows of the wonderful impact he has relayed on everyone he knew and whose hearts he touched.

Lesley Green

17 January 2019

Ryan was such a lovely, gentle, soul. I grew up with his Mother, Lily, in Calgary and went to High School with her. We kept in touch through the years and I would often receive family photos and get together with them every once in awhile to catch up on old times. I know that Lily and Thomas were very proud of Ryan and loved him unconditionally. I last saw them this past summer in Victoria, B.C. during one of their family holidays. I got a big bear hug from Ryan along with a lovely bright smile and that is how I will remember this kind, gentle, soul. My love and sympathy goes out to Lily, Thomas and their family during this difficult time. There is another angel in Heaven and his wings are large.

Sameen Nayyar

10 January 2019

Ryan and I had known each other for just over 4 years. We both met through our love for the health and wellness classes offered at work. He was my yoga buddy, my bootcamp buddy, my kickboxing buddy, my spin buddy, my dietician buddy. If I ever bumped into him in the hallways we would easily spend 30 minutes just talking. If I was ever working late i knew he would too since he dedicated himself to work every single day. He worked hard at everything I had seen him do.

This world is a much less happier place without Ryan. You will be missed sorely by everyone who loved you.

Sean Jorden

9 January 2019

I worked with Ryan on a complex project and was amazed at how quickly grasped the details with having no prior knowledge. It was entertaining just to watch how fast he could take notes, and then to be astounded later and how thorough and organized they were. But, I will always remember what a bright and sunny presence he was even in mundane settings. He just had a way of lightening the mood wherever he went.

Kayley Brooks

8 January 2019

I only really knew Ryan because I got to see his smiling face in the spin studio but I was always excited when we got to ride together. He always had such a calm confidence, strong determination and, of course, that illuminating smile! His focused drive and encouraging attitude was a powerful, positive presence in every ride.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to have known Ryan. Sending my most heartfelt condolences to Ryan's family and friends.

Alicia Koh

8 January 2019

I knew Ryan as a child & saw him grow through the years to be a fine, young man - bounteously humane. He was such an enormous encouragement to me & the very breath of fresh air I most needed when he gallantly helped me at a time-crunched big event. It was the way he exuded such inner graciousness & understanding even in the littlest, knowing they all added up to something much grander. A highly gifted gentleman. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies to the entire Chew family, my family & I very much feel for you in your loss. Deeply grieving with heartaches & tears, we send you all our love, prayers, fortitude, & comfort from across the Pacific. Ryan, you remain alive in our hearts - a bright light - & will be more than sorely missed. Love lives on. May everyone’s ongoing expressions of love, care, & concern lift & carry you Thomas, Lily, & your extended families through your deepest grief in the months & years ahead. We are all here for you in any way you want us to. Shalom.

Teresa Trimble

7 January 2019

Although I didn’t know Ryan personally, I felt like I did. I worked with Ryan’s Mom
Lily for 2 years. Lily talked so lovingly and proudly of Ryan. 💗 My condolences to Lily and the entire family.
Praying here for comfort and strength.

Janet Arnold

6 January 2019

The world has lost a wonderful person. I only met Ryan a couple of times as my niece, Keara Hayes, is a good friend of his. They met at Centennial High School. When I first met Ryan, I remember being impressed by his kindness and gentle heart. I also loved his laugh and his infectious smile. I enjoyed hearing many stories of the fun he and Keara had through the years. Words do not seem enough to express my sympathy to all those who were privileged to know him well. Ryan brought a lot of happiness to many people and he will be dearly missed.

Darlene Winch

6 January 2019

I was introduced to Ryan as a co-worker and I had the pleasure of working with him on several different teams. He was a supportive team member, who was an intelligent, kind, inspirational and funny person. My most treasured memories of Ryan are those moments when he could brighten your day with his smile and his unique laugh. Due to my age I was not able to keep up with the younger members in our yoga class, Ryan showed his kindness by offering words of support to keep going and not to compare myself to the others in the class. I am very sorry for the Chew family’s heart-breaking loss. Ryan was a truly unique and genuine person who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Brandee Venne

4 January 2019

I met Ryan on a yoga retreat a couple years ago. I was immediately drawn to his infectious personality, sense of humour and outlook on life. He made such an impression in such a short time. His smile was contagious.
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Peace be with you Ryan.