Mrs. Lucille Whyte

16 janvier 194720 octobre 2020

Lucille Whyte (née Lee) was born January 16, 1947 in Shanghai, China to parents Leung and Lucy Lee.

She grew up in Vancouver, her family having moved there shortly after her second birthday.

She excelled academically, finishing valedictorian at Templeton Secondary in the class of 1965.

After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce, she was selected for a tour across Canada as preparation for civil service. Upon completing the tour, she was on track to accept a posting in Milan as a foreign trade commissioner but was instead reassigned to Ottawa where she worked for a year before returning to the west coast.

Concurrently, she married Chad Whyte at 23. Shortly thereafter, they relocated from Vancouver to acreage in Pitt Meadows in the early 1970’s.

She worked at the Hospital Employees Union for close to 20 years, returning to UBC to study and earn her law degree in the early 1990’s.

As for family life, she gave birth to and helped raise three children amidst professional demands: Zak in 1981, Tai in 1983, and her favorite daughter Azia in 1986.

After some years working at a firm in labor law, she returned to arbitration and finished out her career at the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, retiring in 2007. She was held in high esteem and much lauded by her colleagues.

With her scotch drinking days behind her (J&B on the rocks), she enjoyed numerous family vacations and birthday dinners, shopping, travelling, collecting wine, Estonian chocolate, romance novels, celebrity gossip, cute dogs and was always in search of a good deal.

While she was typically reserved, introverted and extolled the virtues of defensive driving, she would become quite vocal and animated at the mention of politicians she disliked and uninvited guests including but not limited to fruit flies, rodents, and ladybugs.

Not one to speak much about herself, she was in many ways an epitome of steadiness. Even during her golden years, the consistency of her daily routine was remarkable. Notable features of her routine included her morning orange, decaf coffee and gym classes up to five days a week.

While she excelled academically and was dedicated during her career, she was practical, a loyal mother and generous provider for her family.

After a brief, shocking, and aggressive bout with cancer, Lucille passed away peacefully late October 20, 2020. She was predeceased by Chad in 2015 and is survived by her three loving children.

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Terry Lee

12 novembre , 2020

I'm Lucille's cousin and son of her Uncle Gordon Lee. Lucille's always
been kind and warm to our family inviting us to her blueberry farm on
Harris Road in Pitt Meadows for dinner, where I would be greeted by one
of her many large dogs over the years including an Afghan Hound & Irish
Wolfhound. She was quick to be helpful with free legal advice. One of
my earlier memories was visiting her in the 1960s at her home, "Lee's
Grocery", at 211 North Renfrew, across the street from the home of the
Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team, PNE's Pacific Coliseum. Everyone in
the family was excited to watch her on TV ( a big deal in the 1960s) because as an Honors student she was a team member representing Templeton High School on the CBC quiz show, "Reach For The Top", hosted by Terry Garner (the Toronto version of the show was hosted by Alex Trebek [RIP] who went on to host a similar American version called, JEOPARDY!) One of my most recent memories was from the Summer of 2018 when she took an interest in the Lee Family ancestry and attended a "pilgrimage" to her grandfather,
Deen Lee's ancestral home in Port Coquitlam with me and her brother,
Conty. We went for lunch as she proudly showed us her "backyard" of Pitt Meadows at one of her favorite Pitt Meadows restaurants, the Akasaka Japanese Restaurant. That was a fun day! :) Lucille will be greatly missed and I would like to extend my condolences to her children, Zak, Tai, and Azia.