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Dr. Kuen On "Kenneth" Lee

1 octobre 193312 octobre 2020

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Dr. Kuen On (Kenneth) Lee.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Micheline Lee (née Leung), his children Michel Lee Chin Fee (Lisa Lee née Cheung), Patricia Lee Lee-Ming (Graeme Hays) and Jeanine Lee Siew Ming (Alessandro Bertolucci), his grand children Jason Soon Ping Lee, Ashley Hui Ping Lee, Samantha Hui Lin Lee, Matteo Soon-Liang Bertolucci and Elena Hui-Ai Bertolucci, his brothers and sisters Lee Kien On (Lai Newk Yee), Lee Hon Lee Fook Choy (Bernadette), Dr. Jean Lee Fook Choy (Jenny), Marie-Anne Lam (feu Jimmy), Terese Wong Too Yen (Noël), his nephews and nieces and many other relatives and friends.

Dr. Kuen On (Kenneth) Lee, BSc (Wales) MSc (Belfast) PhD (Wales) began his education as a student in China, where he excelled in his studies. In the early 1960s, he furthered his academic life in the U.K., by first obtaining a Bachelor of Science and then, a doctorate in Physics from the University of Wales. His thesis on light waves (Thesis title: Infrared Spectroscopic Study of Matrix Isolated Molecules) gained him a PhD degree in 1964.

Through the 1970s, Kuen On collaborated with research teams at the Laboratoire d’Optique des Solides and the Groupe de Physique des Solides (University of Paris VI, France), and Department of Applied Physics (University of Durham, England). In 1984, he went on to obtain a Master of Science in Computer Science and Application (thesis title: Implementation of a Purely Applicative Database using Lispkit) from Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Between 1964 and 1987, Kuen On spent 23 years teaching at the Physics Department of the University of Malaya. With his wife, Micheline, he raised three children in Malaysia - Michel, Patricia and Jeanine. The family immigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the fall of 1987.

Kuen On Lee and Micheline Lee were married in a Catholic Church in Port Louis, Mauritius on November 5, 1964. He was a long-time observer and supporter of his wife’s catholic faith for many years. On March 3, 2019, Kuen On was baptized as a catholic at the Good Shepherd Parish in Brossard, and adopted the Christian name of "Kenneth".

Kuen On was a self-taught cook of extraordinary talent. He was most famous at dinner parties for traditional Hakka dishes – in particular, pork belly dishes (Moy Choy Niuk and Fun Mun Chu Niuk) - and for his roasted stuffed turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday October 20th from 8 am to 11 am at La Maison Darche, 7679 Taschereau Blvd, Brossard, Qc, J4Y 1A2.

A celebration will be held on the same day, in the chapel of the funeral home from 11 am to noon.

You can follow the ceremony by webcast on: www.funeraweb.tv

In lieu of flower, a donation can be made to the Cardiology department of Charles-Lemoyne Hospital or to the Good Shepherd Church in Brossard.

https://www.fhclm.ca/faites-un-don/

https://www.goodshepherdbrossard.ca/

To comply with current Covid-19 restrictions please wear a mask and maintain a safe distance during your visit.

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Jason Lee

20 novembre , 2020

Kung Kung has been the light that shined through the darkness. Every time our family would visit to see Kung Kung and PoPo it meant the world to me. We always felt at home when we visited. The amazing food Kung Kung cooked was so good I would always get a second round. Kung Kung had that spark that nobody could offer, I will never forget your smile and overall personality. Every year would be such a blessing seeing Kung Kung and PoPo host parties for the whole family. I loved coming to stay with you both and I can certainly speak for the whole family as well. We certainly will not forget about the amazing times we would have with Kung Kung. We will never forget you.
Jason

Samantha Lee

20 novembre , 2020

We will forever remember Kung Kung and he is always in our hearts. As we pray every day, he is safe with God. There are many cherished memories that will never be forgotten, such as his food. His Hakka food was beyond delicious. He was a talented cook. His dishes would be distinctive, as nobody else can do the same. My family and I visited whenever we could to Popo and Kung Kung’s house. From the holiday memories to the ordinary visits, we would keep each other in the company during the enjoyable days together. Christmas was exciting, but our Christmas traditions were even more special with Kung Kung. His kind-hearted self had brought our entire family to light. We appreciated his helpful, amiable and gracious soul that filled us up with joy. During this difficult time, it is important to remember the wonderful things he has done and to never forget.

Samantha

Ashley Lee

20 novembre , 2020

Dear Kung Kung,
I really miss you and so does your entire family. There are many moments where I wish I cherished your presence more. Although we didn’t share many deep conversations, through your actions, I could see how much you cared for me. One moment was when I asked you about some math homework from tutoring that I was struggling with when I visited and Daddy wasn’t available to help me. Luckily, you knew exactly how to approach the problem and explained it to me (even better than Daddy 😊). Even when I didn’t completely understand, you were patient and went back to the first step. I am especially thankful for the moments from my birthday parties every year that you worked hard cooking for is all I could have ever wished for.

There are several things that I wish I could’ve done for you like cooking, knitting a pair of mittens (I had figured it out recently!) and most of all, I really wanted you to be able to see your granddaughter’s high school graduation that is going to happen this year. You have always been someone I have wanted to impress with my academics as you had always been so encouraging. I couldn’t wait for the day where I could show off my hard work to you. Although you won’t be by my side physically, I know you will be watching all of my accomplishments and cheering me on just like you did before. Last year for Christmas, you had gifted me your camera and I promise to capture all the milestones I want to share with you. The camera will have pictures only for you to see!

We will take care of Popo for you so please take care of yourself and rest peacefully. I’ll make you proud, don’t worry.

I will remember you as someone who was loving, attentive, and encouraging so thank you for being the best grandfather I could have ever asked for,
Your granddaughter,
Ashley

Priscilla Lam

24 octobre , 2020

So many good memories of the times we shared with uncle Kuen On Kenneth. We can recall those wonderful meals eaten at family gatherings at his house. We also enjoyed inviting him and auntie Say Moy to our house, he always said yes and he would always have a good laugh at my husband’s silly jokes. In the past few years, uncle Kuen On Kenneth and I grew closer. I am grateful for the times that were able to spend together. I admire his resilience when faced with adversity and his commitment to always do as best as he could. Tonton, je me souviendrai toujours de ton sourire et de ta force tranquille. J’ai eu l’honneur d’avoir été un témoin privilégié de ta déclaration de foi en Dieu lors de ton baptême. Maintenant, repose en paix, un jour nous nous reverrons.

Your godmother
Priscilla

Jeanine Lee

21 octobre , 2020

My Eulogy at my Father's Funeral (and my sister, Patricia’s tribute):

My father was my first teacher, and for most of my life so far, has been here guiding me. Since he left us Thanksgiving Monday, we’ve all felt this great loss. Sometimes, every now and again, I almost say his name, and it feels like he’s in the next room. Memorials and funerals remind us to cherish our loved ones – to appreciate every moment we have with each other. So, today especially, I cherish my husband, Alessandro, and my children, Matteo and Elena. I cherish my mother, my brother Michel and my sister, Patricia. Today, my father is teaching me again, and guiding me once more.

Here is a tribute by my older sister Patricia, from Australia:

"He was my father. And as my father he let me pursue my interests, and for this I will be always grateful. He indulged my strange fascination with animals, which lead me to an academic career in Biological Sciences. Throughout my journey into adulthood, he never said "no" to this crazy dream of mine. Instead, he made sure I had all the possible resources and opportunities I needed to fulfill my dream. I am now living my dream. I will always be grateful. He was my father."

(Photo: 2016 - Sugaring off with daughters, Jeanine and Patricia, and grandchildren Matteo and Elena)

Jeanine Lee

21 octobre , 2020

My Eulogy at my Father's funeral (including my sister, Patricia's tribute):

My father was my first teacher, and for most of my life so far, has been here guiding me. Since he left us Thanksgiving Monday, we’ve all felt this great loss. Sometimes, every now and again, I almost say his name, and it feels like he’s in the next room. Memorials and funerals remind us to cherish our loved ones – to appreciate every moment we have with each other. So, today especially, I cherish my husband, Alessandro, and my children, Matteo and Elena. I cherish my mother, my brother Michel and my sister, Patricia. Today, my father is teaching me again, and guiding me once more.

Here is a tribute by my older sister Patricia, from Australia:

"He was my father. And as my father he let me pursue my interests, and for this I will be always grateful. He indulged my strange fascination with animals, which lead me to an academic career in Biological Sciences. Throughout my journey into adulthood, he never said "no" to this crazy dream of mine. Instead, he made sure I had all the possible resources and opportunities I needed to fulfill my dream. I am now living my dream. I will always be grateful. He was my father."

(Photo: 2016 - Sugaring off with his daughters, Jeanine and Patricia, grandchildren Matteo and Elena)

Jeanine Lee

21 octobre , 2020

Addendum to my Eulogy at my Father's funeral:

I was speaking with my uncle Joseph shortly before my father's funeral, and he told me the story of how he first met my father. My uncle Joseph was about 16, when my father married my mother in 1964. My dad had just arrived in Mauritius, straight from his graduation convocation as a PhD graduate from the university of Wales. It was like Prince Charming coming to marry his Princess, said uncle Joseph.

The following are some wise words he sent my family, from Annan, Ontario. It is from an unknown author:

"There are two days in every week about which we should not worry - two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow with its possible adversity, its blunders, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow also is beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds - but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.
That leaves only one day - today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities- yesterday and tomorrow - that we break down.
It is not the experience of today that drives a person mad - it is remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.
Let us, therefore, journey but one day at a time."

- Author unknown

(Photo: Celebrating Uncle Joseph and Auntie Mora's 70th birthday party at Auntie Brigitte and Uncle Luc's place in Candiac)

Kah-Hieng Wong

20 octobre , 2020

Indeed Dr K.O. Lee, as we students addressed him, is very soft-spoken, but helpful.

I was late in reporting to UM in my first year, and the seats at the Physics Department had filled up. But, my only interest is to do physics. Right at the Department lobby, the HoD then said no. But Dr K.O. Lee, who was chatting with that HoD, stepped in and got me enrolled, for which I am always grateful.

It is always sad to see the passing of a person. But I am also glad to read from the obituary that Dr. K.O. Lee has accepted the gift of salvation.

To the family of late Dr. K.O. Lee, "May our Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26.

KH Wong
Class of '86 @UM

Sing Lee

20 octobre , 2020

My wife Sau San and I send our heartfelt condolences to Micheline and family on the passing away of Dr Lee Kuen On. Dr Lee took part in the development of the Physics Department, University of Malaya and will always be fondly remembered by his former colleagues.

Oi-Hoong Chin

20 octobre , 2020

I remember Dr KO Lee as a soft spoken, pleasant and inspiring teacher. May he rest in peace.
Graduating class of 1985, Phys Dept, University of Malaya
Attached is a scanned copy of group photo taken in 1977 from a proceedings book (seated 4th from the right)