Waterman-Langone at Boston Harborside

580 Commercial Street, Boston, MA


You En Li

October 2, 1951September 21, 2019
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You En Li of Brookline passed away on September 21, 2019. Born in Guangxi, China, Mr. Li moved to Boston in 1986 to pursue a Master in Fine Arts at Boston University. A published author and award-winning stage and costume designer, Mr. Li dedicated his life to the arts. In the Brookline, Newton, and Westwood communities, he is also a beloved arts teacher.

Mr. Li leaves behind his wife, LiLi, and daughter, Ailen. He is also survived by relatives in Shanghai. The family will receive visitors on Saturday from 10am to 12:30pm in the Waterman-Langone Boston Harborside Funeral Home located at 580 Commercial Street, Boston. Valet parking provided.

A Celebration of Life service will be held from 12:30-2pm in the funeral home. Burial will be private.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, September 28, 2019


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John Dempsey

September 27, 2019

I'm saddened to learn of the death of You En Li. He was a terrific artist and a wonderful gentleman.

I was the principal of the Edward Devotion School, a 750-student, K-8, urban-suburban, public school in Brookline. The director of the Devotion After School Enrichment Program invited Mr. Li to paint scenery for her theatrical productions. Because of the heavy use of the performing space and the nature of the painting, he could only work at odd times - usually late at night. That's when we developed a friendship. I appreciated his skills. And he was always kind and gentle and humble. His work was so respectful of our young actors, dancers, singers, instrumentalists, and audiences.

I retired in June 2006. Once in awhile Mr. Li and my paths would cross in Brookline. I cherished those times. Our conversations were short but they meant the world to me. I was lucky to have known him.

Please accept my sympathy.

John Dempsey

Newton Chinese Language School 牛顿中文学校董事会

September 27, 2019

Mr. Li will always be missed at Newton Chinese Language School.

Jie Chen

September 26, 2019

Mr. Li taught my son drawing for over two years. He was a wonderful teacher and incredibly patient and kind to my son. I feel so sad for his sudden passing. We all miss him terribly.