May Shew Schlappner

24 mayo , 19587 octubre , 2020

May (LAM) SCHLAPPNER May 24, 1958 – October 7, 2020

A native Vancouverite, May grew up in a crowded house with her parents and six siblings in East Vancouver. She attended Britannia Secondary School where she met the love of her life and BFF, Peter. They married in 1985. She worked for the federal government for 27 years (most recent was the Department of Ocean and Fisheries) before retiring in 2008. May was an avid fan of figure skating, tennis and the Vancouver Canucks. May enjoyed travelling and spending time with friends & family. She was an adoring Aunt to her many nieces and nephews. May fought hard but ultimately lost her battle with breast cancer.

May is predeceased by her parents, Sing and Jing Fong Lam. She is survived and will be profoundly missed by Peter, half-sisters Fun Ha and Judy, and brothers and sisters Jack (Agnes), William (Annie), Johnny, Helen (Pierre), Alice (Mike), Jean and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Sophie Sun, the care team at BCCA and the staff at Evergreen Community Health Centre.

No public service will be held due to COVID restrictions. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice in May’s name are welcome.



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May Shew Schlappner



25 octubre , 2020

Dear Peter and Lam' families,

We are so sad and shocked to hear about May' passing. May will be so missed and will always remain in our hearts with fond memories.

Connie & Our families from Hong Kong

Susan Cheung

25 octubre , 2020

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. She will be missed.

Walter Makaroff

23 octubre , 2020

Dear Peter and Family,

Sending our deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of a beautiful soul. We will treasure our many camping trips and adventures that we shared together. May was truly a special friend and we will all miss her dearly.

Sending you all our love,

Diane and Walter Makaroff

Elaine Lee

21 octubre , 2020

Dear Peter, the Lam and Schlappner families,
I am very sad to hear of May's passing.
My fondest childhood memories of May, her siblings & parents were the annual Christmas dinners they held. The house would be so packed, that May & her siblings would take their cousins and the 6 Jung kids out to the nearby park to play.
The memory of May & Peter that always makes me smile was their visit to our Chinatown house, where May was smiling, as Peter kept ducking his head to avoid hitting the door head jambs. May & Peter both seemed like giants to us little kids! I shall miss her lovely smile.

Carl Jung

20 octubre , 2020


My condolences to you and your family. It was always a happy time when the trio of Alice, Jean and May would visit us when we were little. She will be missed but not forgotten.


Karen Jenkins (nee Nishi)

16 octubre , 2020

Dear Peter, and to the Lam and Schlappner families,
My sincere condolences to you all. You are in my thoughts.
I too grew up with May in elementary and high school. (I was at your beautiful wedding!)
May was always there for me and all her friends, quietly and calming. Anyone who got to know her was so very lucky. She was always so kind and thoughtful to everyone, never judging.
I am so very sad and shocked to hear about her passing. May was a very dear friend whom I will never forget. (How I wish I had never lost touch.)
May will be so missed and she will always remain in my heart with fond memories.
Karen 💗

Peter Sameshima

16 octubre , 2020


My deepest condolences to you and your family as well as to the Lam family. I grew up in East End Vancouver and May was in my Kindergarten class. So many memories all through elementary school as we hung around with the same crowd for many of those years. Spent quite a lot of time with William, her older brother as we played a lot of sports among friends and also at Brit. Also with Johnny playing football.

May was always kind and easy going. She seemed to be the quiet voice of reason and looked at both sides of any issues. I remember the last time we spoke and we reminisced about the old Seymour days looking at our class pictures through the years.

Peter, it's been a long time since our basketball days at Brit but I remember them with fond memories. So sorry for your loss.

Peter Sameshima

Cynthia Lee

16 octubre , 2020

Peter and to the Lam and Schlappner families

We are so sorry to hear of May’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. I (Cindy) grew up in the same neighbourhood as May. Went to the same elementary and high school. Had fond memories of our childhood.
May was a friendly, kind and thoughtful person. She will be missed.

Cynthia (Cindy Hoy) and Daniel Lee


16 octubre , 2020

Thinking of you at this time. Sorry for your loss.

Tino Osellame

16 octubre , 2020

Peter, my thoughts are with you at this most devastating time. May was a beautiful and kind soul. She will be deeply missed. I am sad for you and your families. One of your Britannia brethren, Tino.

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