Pak Hang LEE
24 October, 1917 – 6 October, 2020
October 24, 1917 ~ October 6, 2020
Mrs. Pak (aka Pat) Hang Lee peacefully passed away on October 6, 2020 at Parkview Place Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is survived by her two sons, Albert Garland Lee and Edward Henry Lee, Henry’s wife, Martha, a grandson, James, and his wife Alex, a granddaughter, Patricia, her husband Romain and a great grandson, Gabriel. Pak Lee was born on October 24, 1917 in Foochow City, Fujian Province, China. She married Mr. Sam Ming Lee in Hong Kong in 1952 and moved to Winnipeg.
Over more than ten decades, Pak Lee experienced a varied career, first as a primary school teacher in China, starting in 1938, then going to work at a bank with her eldest brother, Mr. Chan Pak Ha and #7 sister, Ms. Chan Pak Woo in Canton, China in 1948, working as a high school librarian in Hong Kong, returning to being a primary school teacher and education administrator in Hong Kong in 1951, owning and operating a grocery store in Winnipeg, then owning and operating Oscars Restaurant in Selkirk with her husband Sam Ming Lee, and finally working as a waitress at several different restaurants in Winnipeg from 1972 until she retired in September, 1984.
Pak Lee had a fervent desire to help others and was always generous to those in need. Her kindness, caring nature and generosity enriched the lives of all who met her and gained her many friends. She made life-long friends, starting with some students from her time as a schoolteacher in Fujian province in the 1940s, who continued to send her Christmas cards and gifts every year. Pak Lee devoted many hours, especially after her retirement, to helping seniors in the Chinese community in Winnipeg such as by acting as a translator and liaison for Chinese seniors who do not speak English to access social services. Through her activities in helping other Chinese seniors, she met people who came to know and love her a part of their extended families.
In her retirement, Pak Lee also participated in the Winnipeg Chinese Senior Club where her honesty, kindness, sincerity, and loving others as her own, made many friends. While she eventually stopped participating in the Winnipeg Chinese Senior Club events, she continued to talk to her many friends on the phone. Pak Lee enjoyed spending her days reading the bible and newspapers, watching Chinese shows on TV and reminiscing on her experiences to her friends and relatives. Her stories were a source of joy and entertainment for her friends and relatives.
Pak Lee’s honesty, kindness, and sincerity was reciprocated by many friends who willingly helped her with her grocery shopping, visits to the doctor, chores around the house, etc. For some of these friends, Pak Lee became a part of their extended families and they mutually enjoyed each other’s company. She expressed her happiness with members of these extended families (Shelby McLeod and husband Bruce Kent and Lori Abbott and husband Michael Whelan and Lori’s sons Reed and Nolan) by celebrating their birthdays and anniversaries and providing gifts at Christmas.
Now, Pak Lee rests in peace, knowing she had a warm and vibrant life. She has gone to join her late husband. She left no regrets on earth and wished her children, grandchildren, and great grandson to be happy for her.
The family asks that anyone who wants to remember Pak Lee do so by making a donation to a charity in her name, rather than sending flowers, wreaths or “li she”.
Thursday, 22 October , 2020
Pak Hang LEE
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Donna and Dennis McLeod
21 October 2020
We were very sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Lee. Such a sweetheart. Throughout the many years that Shelby and Bruce were involved in her life, it really was like she was part of the family. Fond memories of her presence at our house prior to Shelby and Bruce’s wedding - 16 years ago. Shelby cared for and loved “Mrs. Lee” and always wanted only the best for her, always worrying about her well-being too. Shelby lost her grandmother in April (at the same age of 102), Bruce lost his father shortly after; so the year 2020 has been a tough year. Our sincere condolences to all of her family.
Donna and Dennis McLeod (Shelby’s parents)
Lori and Michael Whalen
19 October 2020
Pak, you will forever be remembered and loved. You have blessed our family with your friendship for the past 14 years. You are the most genuine, kind, loving, selfless human being I have ever met. I/we will miss you immensely- we already do. I will never forget your incredible laugh, nor your beautiful smile. Rest easy sweet Pak, I know you are happy to be with your beloved Sam. Love you very much. Lori and Michael.
Brrenda Clarke nee Billington
18 October 2020
to Albert, Henry and family, our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother Pat. we have very fond memories of your mother and father when they had Oscars Restaurant in Selkirk. Our mother Alice Billington was an English lady and worked for your Mom& Dad in the 1960's. at Oscars. she always had lovely things to say about how a she loved working for Sam & Pat Lee. We loved going there as teenagers. Albert & Henry I can still see you two behind the counter at the front door you were around 12 and 10 I think. We are glad Pat lived a long and full filling life. when our mother left Oscars your Mom gifted her with a beautiful pearl ring just like the beautifull person she was. I still have the ring and will cherish it and think about both our mothers. Sam & Pat Lee thanks for the memories!!