OBITUARY

Minna Chan

30 September, 19359 October, 2020

ORDER OF SERVICE

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND WITNESS TO THE RESURRECTION FOR THE LIFE OF MINNA CHAN

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020, AT 10 AM

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from heaven will break upon us, to shine on those who live in darkness, under the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79) * Indicates you are invited to rise / Bolded words invite your voice

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP One: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, All: To sing psalms to your name, Most High. One: To declare your love in the morning All: And your faithfulness every night. One: Let us worship God.

OPENING PRAYERS

REMEMBERING THE PROMISES OF GOD PSALM 27:1,4 PSALM 117:1-2 PSALM 23

*HYMN Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine

REFLECTION Rev. Matthew Sams

Song Whispering Hope

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER (Unison) Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, And the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

INTERNMENT OF ASHES AND LAYING OF FLOWERS

*HYMN God be with you Till We Meet Again

*PRAYER OF COMMENDATION (Unison) Into your hands, O merciful Saviour, We commend your servant, Minna. Acknowledge, we humbly pray, A sheep of your own fold, A lamb of your own flock And a daughter of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, Into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, And into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

*BENEDICTION

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BLESSED ASSURANCE JESUS IS MINE Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Refrain This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Saviour all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Saviour all the day long. Perfect submission, perfect delight, Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; Angels descending bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. Refrain Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Saviour am happy and blest; Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. Refrain Words: Fanny J. Crosby | Public Domain

GOD BE WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN God be with you till we meet again; loving counsels guide, uphold you, with a shepherd’s care enfold you: God be with you till we meet again. God be with you till we meet again; unseen wings protecting, hide you, daily manna still provide you: God be with you till we meet again. God be with you till we meet again; when life’s perils thick confound you, put unfailing arms around you: God be with you till we meet again. God be with you till we meet again; keep love’s banner floating o’er you, smite death’s threatening wave before you: God be with you till we meet again. Words: Jeremiah Eames Rankine | Public Domain

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Minna was the second daughter of Samuel and Sarah Chan. She was born in India of Chinese parents.

Minna has three sisters - Eleanor and Enid who live in Toronto, Grace who is in Singapore and a younger brother Peter who lives in the UK.

Minna attended a Chinese school in Calcutta before joining the Calcutta Girls High School from where she obtained her Cambridge Overseas School Certificate. She then studied at Calcutta University for her Intermediate Science qualification.

In 1957 she went to the UK to train as a Nurse at the Kingston General Hospital in Surrey. After qualifying as a State Registered Nurse in the UK she worked at a number of hospitals in London and Surrey specialising in Theatre Nursing.

Minna emigrated to Canada in 1964 and worked as a specialist Operation Theatre nurse in various Toronto hospitals. While working full time she obtained her BSc. in Nursing from Ontario University and was Nurse Tutor in Oshawa for a number of years. Her last post was at St. Michaels Hospital before she retired.

Minna lived in Toronto for 56 years and had many interests - and her favourite pastimes were classical music and painting. She enjoyed and attended concerts regularly in Toronto and was a very good painter, specializing in water colours and oil. She was always eager to learn new things. She had an alert mind and after retirement she learnt and acquired good computer skills. She spent a lot of time in the North York Library as she was an avid reader and had a very enquiring mind.

A very self reliant person, she lived on her own but had two of her sisters and some second cousins in Toronto to call on when needed.

She spent her last three years at the Seniors’ Health Centre where she was well cared for by the very wonderful staff.

The family invites you to join them virtually for a graveside service on Wednesday October 21, 2020 at 10 am. Please click the below link to view the service.

https://youtu.be/L09Fu7kKnsg

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Elizabeth Chan

23 October 2020

I first met Cousin Minna as my client at the North York Central Library before we discovered that we were second cousins. Minna was an avid reader of world news and worked with me when she got involved in her interest in the stock market and computer databases. I was often impressed by her willingness to venture into new avenues of learning. She would line up early in the morning outside the library for a chance at a pass to tour one of Toronto's museums. We enjoyed a number of interesting chats about the world and our philosophical views. Cousin Minna, I am sure has found all the answers in her journey to the next world. God bless and smile upon you, Cousin.

Britney Ngaw

17 October 2020

I always looked forward to her Loblaws meetings with my mother, was grateful she lived so close (even when I outgrew the babysitting services!), and will miss her vivacious spirit, in-the-know discussions, and generosity. I'll miss you Aunty Minna, rest in peace.

Margaret Chan

17 October 2020

I remember Aunty Minna as a kind and thoughtful person. As a University student decades ago, I recalled running into her in Chinatown, she immediately told me to follow her to a Chinese bakery. As a young teenager, I did what I was told. To my pleasant surprise, she asked for a box of selected delicious Chinese buns from the young lady working in the bakery, which she then handed to me to take home so that I can have few meals out of them. To a poor University student, this gift was quite a windfall. When I went home and opened the box, I found not just delicious buns filled with meat, but also few pieces of pastries thrown in for desserts. The pastries were her way of sharing her love of sweets with me.
When she heard that my daughter was taking piano lessons at Yamaha, she volunteered to take my daughter with her to attend a symphony at Roy Thompson Hall. Despite her poor health and advancing years, she would offer to babysit my daughter if needed.
In the later years of her life, despite her own health challenges, she still visited my late Aunt. She would see me at Loblaws and would ask me if she could purchase some fruits so that I can take them to my Aunt.
She was always grateful to those that helped her, no matter how small that help may be. She talked highly of my Aunt for encouraging her to get a University degree. In the last few years of her life, she would tell me how grateful she is to her siblings for being there for her, especially her sister, Aunty Enid who visited her regularly and brought her some of her favorite food. She praised the staff at North York Senior Centre for the care she received.
On my visits to her at North York Senior Centre, she talked not just about her past, she was also up to date with current events. Some current news events she spoke about with great passion, including the famous President to the south of us.

I will miss Aunty Minna. Rest in peace.

Margaret

Irene Griffiths

15 October 2020

I am saddened by the passing of Minna. We are second cousins and have known each other for over 20 years, not meeting regularly as I live in Australia and Minna is in Toronto.
Minna was a lovely person full of enthusiasm for life. She was found of Indian curries and lentils. When we met last year she spoke of her love of reading , yes she borrowed a lot of books from the North York library. She spoke with nostalgia of her time in India, the heat and dust and how quickly that time has gone.
I wish I could chat with her again. I know that is not possible so will cherish the loving memories I have of my time with Minna. May she rest peacefully in God's arms.

Lina Seow

15 October 2020

I am saddened by Auntie Minna's passing. We always had good visits with her, going back to her Empress Place condo days. I share in your sorrow with love and friendship. If there is anything I can do during this time, pls let me know. My sincerest condolences to the Aunties and families.
Lina xoxo

Angela Chan

14 October 2020

This photograph holds such a special memory for me of Auntie Minna. There are moments when you feel you see the person. Not their age or what you think you know of them and this was one of them. In 1999 I was sent by the BBC to film a travel show in Toronto. Once we were done I returned to Algonquin national park with Auntie Minna, Auntie Enid, my dad Peter and my brother Justyn to stay for a few days in a log cabin retreat by the lake which had kayaks outside each cabin. I woke up around 6.30am one day and decided to wander down to the water’s edge as it was a crisp, clear morning. I could see two distant figures already out on the water and I was impressed by what I assumed was two young people making such an athletic effort rowing so early in the day. As they came closer I realised it was my dad and Auntie Minna, with Minna at the front. They drew close to the shore and her face was full of light, beaming beatifically. I suddenly saw the girl and she looked ageless. So alive and so open to the glory around her and beauty of the day. This is how I will remember her.

Richard Seow

13 October 2020

I met Minna in Oshawa and Toronto. On those few occasions we got together, I was impressed by her dedication to her work. I have benefited from her wise and sincere advice.
Rest in peace, Minna.

Richard & family

Enid Chan

13 October 2020

Minna had high aspirations. She inspired me to study Medicine in Christian Medical College in Vellore ,South India. While I was specializing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in UK she and my sister Grace took care of our Mother, and she continued to do it after Grace went to live in Singapore with her husband and daughter. We were not close during our early years, I was in UK and Hong Kong, she in Canada. After retirement I immigrated to Canada, and came to live in Toronto to mutually support each other. We lived independently in the same street in North York. Minna was active until 3 years ago when she was well taken care of in the North York Seniors Centre .After celebrating 85th birthday. She died on 9 th Oct 2020.Sadly missed by relatives and friends .We are grateful for condolences and words of comfort but due to Covid -19 were not able to bid farewell in person. Thanks a lot .Enid.

Edwin Seow

12 October 2020

Dear A. Grace, A. Enid, A. Eleanor, U. Kiong, Sharon and the family in Toronto,
Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers with you in your bereavement and loss of a beloved sister and aunt. Rev. 21:4.

From us in Vancouver,
Edwin & Barbara, Beverley, Gordon & Allison

Sharon Seow

12 October 2020

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