Dr. Man Pang Lau

28 February , 19343 January , 2019

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Man Pang Lau (M.B.B.S., M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), F.R.C.(Psych)) on January 3, 2019 at the age of 84. He is remembered by his wife of 48 years, Christine, his daughter Suzanne (Daniel Sawyer) and granddaughters (Naomi, Esther, Bethany). Man Pang is survived by his brother Man Chung (Kit Ling), sisters Man Yee, Man Chiu and Alison Man Chun (Kelvin Chan), nephews James Lau and Kendrick Chan and nieces Serene Lau and Karen Chan. He was predeceased by his brother Man Hap and brothers-in-law Chi Nin Chan and Wilkin Cheung. Man Pang practiced psychiatry in various locations in Hong Kong, British Columbia, and Ontario. He was among the first to employ computers in the field of Addictions research, having been sent by the Hong Kong University to the WHO in Kentucky in the 1950s to learn the technique. He held many positions, including the acting head of the Institute for Addictions Research Foundation of Ontario, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Associate Professor at Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario). He took great pride in serving and treating his patients with skill and compassion for nearly 5 decades, and published a plethora of academic papers, book chapters and articles of interest. He had many other esoteric interests, including addictions medicine, trans-cultural psychiatry, philosophy and theology. The family wishes to thank the medical staff and teams at St. John’s Rehabilitation, Pine Villa, Scarborough Hospital (Grace Division), Sunnybrook Hospital and the CVICU (especially Dr. Samantha Liauw, Chaplain Christian O’Brien and Juliet the Nurse Coordinator of D3) for their excellent care. A funeral service will be held at Jerett Funeral Homes – North York Chapel (6191 Yonge Street) on January 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM, with internment to follow at York Cemetery (133 Beecroft Road). In lieu of flowers, donations made in Memory of Dr. Man Pang Lau to Sunnybrook Hospital are preferred.



  • Visitation Saturday, 12 January , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 12 January , 2019


  • Burial


Dr. Man Pang Lau

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Alison Man Chun Chan

10 January 2019

Man Pang Lau was my eldest brother.
We all grew up in Hong Kong in a big family with 3 boys and 3 girls. MP was the most favourite son with our parents. He was the first born boy in our family. He was a handsome boy. He was also smart and earned good marks in schools.
Since MP and I had a big gap between our age, I was always scared by his serious, mature and powerful look. When he studied in the university then worked in the hospital, sometimes he would come home to visit our parents. He mostly stayed for the weekend. On those weekends, our parents always told me to behave and be very quiet because “Big Brother” was home. When MP was home, we would have a big fancy dinner. All kinds of delicious Chinese Chiu Chow food prepared by our Mom. We all get together and around the table. MP would sit down quietly and ate with a smile. Those were wonderful times.
Later on, MP moved to Canada. He got married, had his lovely family and successful career. At that time, he wrote many letters to our father. Our father cherished all those letters and was very proud that his son, MP was a great doctor in Canada.
In 1974, I had my first trip to Toronto by myself. MP brought me to Ontario Place and Science Museum. He was always full of wise advice. He taught me to be a polite and useful person.
Now MP has done his duty on earth. He earned his respect in the medical field. He will always be remembered as a good husband and a loving father, a dedicated doctor and a knowledgeable scholar. Rest in peace. MP, you will be greatly missed by us, all the brothers and sisters from the Lau family.

Man Chiu Cheung

9 January 2019

I am always proud to have Dr. Man Pang Lau as my Eldest Brother. In Hong Kong, we studied at a renowned high school, St. Paul’s Co-educational College. He was always the top student and got scholarships. The Principal once congratulated my father for having such a talented son. He was among the best three students in the matriculation examination and was admitted into the University of Hong Kong with full scholarship. I highly respected my Eldest Brother. I remember that once he took me and the siblings to join a church summer activity and I enjoyed the activity very much. When I was married, he sent me a big gift and I was thankful for his love. He was a quiet person with a kind heart. He thought deeply and acted sincerely. He has led a fruitful life. He will be dearly remembered by his siblings in the Lau family.

From Man Chiu Lau