OBITUARY

David Wing-Chuen Pi

6 June , 195530 April , 2019

Dr. David Wing-Chuen Pi peacefully passed away on April 30, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. He was born on June 06, 1955 in Hong Kong and was one of five children. He will be remembered with love by his wife, Amanda; daughter, Susan; son, Steven; sisters, Rosaline and Mabel; and brother, Paul.

David graduated from medical school at University of Hong Kong in 1980. He was certified as a hematopathologist in 1988 and went on to become the medical director at the Canadian Red Cross. In 2003, he joined St. Paul’s Hospital, forming the Provincial Blood Coordinating Office where he identified gaps in transfusion medicine which became the core of his medical practice and life’s work.

He went on to work at Vancouver General Hospital with a focus on blood inventory management where he led many successful projects in driving through health system changes in the clinical laboratory and blood supply service sectors.

David's research has been published by various scientific journals throughout his career. In 2018, while still fighting cancer, David was proud to have his final paper published by the International Society of Blood Transfusion Science Series.

UBC’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine awarded him the 2017 David Hardwick Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine awarded him the 2019 Ortho Award for his significant contributions to transfusion medicine.

Please join us in celebrating David's life on Saturday May 04, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Lord’s Love Church, Lower Hall, 645 East 47th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Reception to follow the service at the same location.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to support the Haematopathology Program Development fund at VGH Hospital Foundation. Donate at vghfoundation.ca/donate-memory, by calling 604-875-4676, or by mail to VGH Hospital Foundation.

David’s ashes are laid to rest at Ocean View Burial Park, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby BC in the Grand Mausoleum 3rd Floor, Niche Room 318 Wall-B Space-5.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, 4 May , 2019

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Karen Ng

14 May 2019

No much memory occurred or was shared between David and me during our medical school years in Hong Kong, or the years post graduation (when he emigrated to Canada and I to another country).
It was during a serendipitous, perhaps actually a god-sent, opportunity of medical classmates mini-reunion in Vancouver in September 2015 that I discovered amazing David and Amanda again.
David profoundly impressed me with his gentleness, humour, down-to-earth pragmatism, wisdom, wit, fun, captivating stories & jokes over dinner. I then realised how much I had missed in all those past years.

I learned of his illness since 2016 but was more astounded to learn of his courage & will to fight off the illness. I feel blessed being able to meet David during my Vancouver visits in 2017 and again recently in March 2019 just weeks before his passing. That was the last time I saw David, in VGH medical ward receiving treatment for his pneumothorax. My lasting image of David formed there and then - still joyous, humorous, determined, full of hope and better life ahead; an image of David I believe most of his friends shall carry in their memory for years and years to come. And there was amazing Amanda: utterly supportive, attentive, caring and loving - I understand why David wished to keep on.

Shortly before I left VGH, a young colleague of David’s came to discuss how his Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine 2019 Ortho Award speech should be delivered. Bravo my classmate! What a lifetime of achievements.

RIP and suffer no more. I shall always remember and miss you, David.

Karen Ng
(Medic 80 classmate, Hong Kong)

Ching Kai Ming Rebecca

13 May 2019


Dear Amanda, Susan, Steven & family,

It is sad to know that David, my brother-in-law, has passed away. We have lost a family member who is intelegent, cheerful, humorous, generous, helpful, kind and sincere.

Amanda, you and David love traveling. With you both, Gordon and I had the most memorable trips in North America. We went for an exciting RV-travel along the West coast and a few years ago, we had a wonderful road trip visiting a number of spectacular National Parks.
What we specially treasured were the humorous yet inspiring dialogues we had along the road with you and David.

David, our family will remember you always!

Rebecca & Gordon, with Joseph & Winnie, Beracah & Jeffrey.

Shadhiya Al Khan

10 May 2019

Very saddened to hear of Dr Pi's passing.
I am lucky to have the opportunity to knew Dr Pi during my residency in Hematopathology and fellowship in British Columbia over five years period. Dr Pi was always ready to teach. I use to look forward for the multi-head microscope morphology sessions he use to give us residents. He had a very unique, interesting way of teaching us with great sense of humour. He use to give us real life examples with all the morphology tips which will stay with me for ever. He was an excellent teacher, mentor and Hematopathologist. Always pushed us to do our best. I will miss you. May your soul rest in peace Dr Pi.

Shadhiya Al Khan, Hematopathologist and Transfusion Medicine, Oman

cindy Ng

10 May 2019

I first met Mr. Pi at Susan's house party. He always had a smile on his face when I saw him. He not only has a beautiful smile but is a heart warming man. It was the year of Susan's wedding. I just finished writing all my exams and I hopped on the plane the next day to attend her wedding. The number of sleepless nights, and not eating properly finally caught up to me. On the day of the wedding I fell ill and Mr. Pi came to help me and checked on me from time to time through the night. He made sure there was always someone by my side and that I did not get worse through the night. On a special and busy day like this he still took the time to care for others. This shows he is truly a thoughtful and a caring man. I thank Mr. Pi for that night.

Annie Lucas

9 May 2019

Thank you, Dr. Pi for the opportunity you gave me at the PBCO. I learned so much from you. You were a true visionary thinker. Miss you.

David Anderson

9 May 2019

Very saddened to hear of David's untimely passing. I have fond memories of working with him earlier in my career. Please pass along my sincere condolences.

Amanda Pi

9 May 2019

Thank you David for spending your life with me. I will forever remember you this way: High-spirited, boisterous, like a beam of sunlight coming through.

Amanda Pi

9 May 2019

Thank you David for giving me Susan and Steven. They have been, and will be, the two brightest stars in my life.

Amanda Pi

9 May 2019

Sit back and wait for me David. Won’t take too long.

Whitehorse General Hospital Laboratory

8 May 2019

Dr David Pi was instrumental in shaping transfusion medicine in Yukon and connecting us with the greater transfusion community. His efforts have saved and improved the lives of many Yukoners. We are very appreciative and will remember him fondly for years to come. - Whitehorse General Hospital Laboratory

FROM THE FAMILY