Dr. Kuen On "Kenneth" Lee

October 1, 1933October 12, 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:

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.

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Dr. Kuen On "Kenneth" Lee

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Ah lee Lee Fook Choy

October 20, 2020

Elder brother Kuen On Ko has been a good and examplary brother. We are blessed to have such a brother. His way of life, code of conduct, sense of discipline and hard work have been a source of inspiration to me. He was an example to follow. He will be missed. May his soul rest in peace. God Bless.
Ah lee

Nee Hon Jean LEE

October 19, 2020

Kuen On Kenneth was a good Big Brother who loved and cared about us younger siblings. I remember seeing his Graduation photos and our late Dad often mentioning that we must follow his footsteps. He was an inspiration for me to work hard and pursue higher studies. Thanks to his support that I graduated in Singapore. He opened our eyes to the world. I am forever grateful .
Kuen On Ko you are truly missed,.Forever in our hearts.
Nee Hon Jean.

Ginny Ng & family

October 19, 2020

Rest In Peace uncle Kuen On. From birthdays to baptisms to regular family dinners, you were always there to support us. You were indeed a family man; one whom I admired and respected. My thoughts and love to auntie Micheline, Jeanine, Patricia, Michel and families. You will be sorely missed.

Henry & Therese Loo

October 18, 2020

Sarah & Alicia Loo

October 18, 2020

"Confucius once said, "a young man is to be filial within his family and respectful outside it. He is to be earnest and faithful, overflowing in his love for living beings and intimate with those who are humane" (The Analects 1:6). Although I (Alicia) haven't known him throughout his whole journey, Uncle Kuen On showed great devotion towards his family and loved ones. He was a man of a few words but through his actions, one could feel how much he cared and how had no ill-intentions towards anyone.

Uncle Kuen On worked hard to achieve his goals and support his family, whether it was in China, in the UK, Malaysia, or Canada, he strived to do what was best for his loved ones. "One who is humane, first does what is difficult and only thereafter concerns himself with success" (Confucius, The Analects 6:20), I think this applies to him because throughout his life he probably had to give up a lot that could have made him even more successful but chose to move for the collective wellbeing of his family.

I don't have much to say that can be comforting but I believe that death is not the ending. The only thing we can do is be happy every day that we've known him. Let us be comforted by the idea that he just went to another beautiful place to live. Let there be no fixed parting and travel to an island made by all of us, in between, where we can meet in beautiful memories.

"I (Sarah) remember uncle as a great chef. He was an amazing host where you would feel home even if you were miles away from home. May his dear soul rest in peace. We are surely in the world, but not of this world. May the Lord comfort his family in this time of grieving."

Rest in peace, Uncle Kuen On. You did so much good and everyone is so grateful to have had the privilege of knowing you.

Sincere sympathy to auntie Micheline and all the family.

Henry & Therese Loo

October 18, 2020

Henry & Therese Loo

October 18, 2020

My journey (Therese) with uncle Kuen On started in 1993 when I moved to Montreal and get introduced to the family by Henry. During almost 2 years when I was in Canada some 25 years back, even though I was not an official member of the family, uncle and his wife treated me as one. Uncle Kuen On and Aunty Micheline became my god family in Canada. I can remember all our chats together. He has always been supportive and encouraging me at all times, giving me wise advices. He showed me how to cook delicious chinese foods and even italian bread some 10 years back. He helped me moving from 1 apartment to another. Their home became mine during week ends, holiday breaks when I wanted to escape the city or when they did not want me to celebrate alone.

Uncle Kuen On's favorite restaurant was Buffet Vichy. He liked to eat. We went there a few times with him. So next time we go there we shall keep a VIP seat for him.

We are sure that each time we will eat a "Moy Chiouniouk", tonton will always be in our thoughts.

Uncle Kuen On and Auntie Micheline did not hesitate to host us every time we visited and made us feel at home. Uncle was patient, kind, wonderful and has a generous heart. He will be greatly missed by everybody. Uncle has leaved us for a better life with God and he is no more in pain. He will always be remembered as someone special in our memory. May he rest in peace and may God gives his family and all his relatives courage to undergo this difficult times and to be able to continue the journey without him. Sincere sympathy to auntie Micheline and all the family. May God bless you and be with you.

Choo Moy & Doreen Wong

October 17, 2020

Though it is with great sadness that we've learned the passing of Tonton Kuen On, we celebrate that he is now with his heavenly father. Praise God for this great intelligent man he was, with great qualities and values, for his warmth, respect, friendliness, humbleness and consideration of others.......

Kuen On shall be remembered as a person with strong family values and kind-hearted to his friends & others. My mum who's the same age is very sad for losing another school friend today. We shall miss him dearly and cherish the good memories of time spent together.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Micheline & the family. May you find peace and comfort from above in this time of loss.

Brigitte Lam

October 17, 2020

Brigitte Lam

October 17, 2020

We are all grieving at the passing away of Kuen On Lee.
It is especially very sad for all of us for not having been able to be at his side during his last days at home and at the hospital, mainly due to the ongoing sanitary crisis.
Nevertheless, we will always remember and cherish the times when we’ve been together, especially during our frequent family gatherings. We are all blessed for having been part of his life.
As Christians, we all know that life on earth is only a temporary assignment.
We believe that Kuen-On had not left Home, he is going to his final destination, to his eternal Home in the company of the Lord and his forever families and friends.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to Micheline, Michel and Lisa , Patricia and Graeme, Jeanine and Alex, and to all the grandchildren.
May God bless you all.
Brigitte, Luc Lam and family.

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