OBITUARY

Ki Sui "Captain" Yu

May 25, 1928March 29, 2020

Ki Sui "Captain" Yu was born on May 25, 1928 in Xiamen, Fujian and passed away on March 29, 2020 in Burnaby, British Columbia and is under the care of Forest Lawn Funeral Home.

Evening Visitation will be held on April 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, BC. Funeral Service will be held on April 14, 2020 at 9:30 am at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, BC. Interment will be held on April 14, 2020 at 10:45 am at 0836 - Forest Lawn Memorial Park: Section Legacy Gardens Phase III, Lot 177, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, BC.

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Services

  • Evening Visitation

    Monday, April 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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Ki Sui "Captain" Yu

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Caroline Yu

April 28, 2020

Yeye is a man who loves his family very much and I'm fortunate to always feel that from him. I'm glad I could spend time with him while growing up in Canada and visiting him after I finished college. He was a hardworking and generous man and I'm proud of him.

This is my last picture with him 1.5 months before he passed away. We shared a lot of laughs and he always called me his 寶貝 ("baby").

He lived a full life and I'm sad to say goodbye. I know he's on the other side with those that he loves. I love him and I'll miss him until we meet again.

Lily Koon Yu

April 23, 2020

From Zhi Zhuang Xiamen

亲爱的叔叔:您静静地躺在那里,好似睡着了,还是那么地英俊慈详。可网络不给力,只有这画面,让我急得团团转,脑海里不断浮现您的身影:是您带我们第一次去“厦门绿岛”品尝美食,喝上可口可乐。您那潇洒的打麻将动作,至今我还记忆犹新。是您告之我,您在包玉刚船上的工作,以及与洋船长发生矛盾,您如何化解,产满了智慧,令我敬佩!儿时的我,最最期盼您的回来,吃好,喝好,还有许许多多有趣的见闻可听,可笑。
那天,我梦见一条🐍 朝向我游来,惊醒了。过不了多久,就接到大哥告之您已主怀安息的消息,刹那间,泪流满面。
不舍您的重情重义,难忘您的朗朗笑声,敬重您的为人处事。
爱您,永远地爱您!

侄儿志壮敬挽

Lily Koon Yu

April 23, 2020

From Xiamen

悼念祺瑞兄
尊敬的祺瑞兄一生历经惊涛骇浪始终驾舟远航,他遵从 主的引导 热爱家庭与亲人,热爱亲朋好友,为我们树立了榜样。
记得九十年代末,我远涉重洋登门拜访,兄热情款待 弟迄今依然历历在目 铭记心中。而今 ,祺瑞兄飘然而逝,祝他一路走好!并祈望阖家亲人节哀顺变 友情永存。
安息吧,敬爱的祺瑞兄
弟 林壬子敬挽
2020年4月14日

Yvonne Yu

April 20, 2020

My father-in-law was a caring and giving man. I’ve received many things over the years from him. His kindness, loyalty, generosity and many more, to friends and family.

He raised his children and family so well, set living examples to them. I’m so thankful and grateful for his wonderful influence to my husband that brought us a loving family today.

He is a proud husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loves each one in the family and united them together. We’re going to miss him.

Goodbyes are not forever
Goodbyes are not the end
They simply mean we’ll miss you
Until we meet again

Jerry Yu

April 16, 2020

敬愛的父親大人,

生前歷歷家庭樂
耳畔時時教誨詞
常懷老父劬勞事
永記難忘養育恩

愚兒
志宏 泣念

Lily Yu

April 16, 2020


Message from Xiamen:

忆叔父
少小离家去香港,
炮弹飞来落船舷。
福大命大保平安,
聪明勤快立足港。
航海漂泊世界环,
见闻多来思维广。
重情重义美名扬,
恩情永记于脑边。

侄儿志壮

Lily Yu

April 15, 2020

Message from Xiamen:

悼念祺瑞兄
尊敬的祺瑞兄一生历经惊涛骇浪始终驾舟远航,他遵从 主的引导 热爱家庭与亲人,热爱亲朋好友,为我们树立了榜样。
记得九十年代末,我远涉重洋登门拜访,兄热情款待 弟迄今依然历历在目 铭记心中。而今 ,祺瑞兄飘然而逝,祝他一路走好!并祈望阖家亲人节哀顺变 友情永存。
安息吧,敬爱的祺瑞兄
弟 林壬子敬挽
2020年4月14日

Lily Yu

April 14, 2020

Here is another message from Xiamen:

亲爱的叔叔:您静静地躺在那里,好似睡着了,还是那么地英俊慈详。可网络不给力,只有这画面,让我急得团团转,脑海里不断浮现您的身影:是您带我们第一次去“厦门绿岛”品尝美食,喝上可口可乐。您那潇洒的打麻将动作,至今我还记忆犹新。是您告之我,您在包玉刚船上的工作,以及与洋船长发生矛盾,您如何化解,充满了智慧,令我敬佩!儿时的我,最最期盼您的回来,吃好,喝好,还有许许多多有趣的见闻可听,可笑。
那天,我梦见一条🐍 朝向我游来,惊醒了。过不了多久,就接到大哥告之您已主怀安息的消息,刹那间,泪流满面。
不舍您的重情重义,难忘您的朗朗笑声,敬重您的为人处事。
爱您,永远地爱您!侄儿志壮

Carol Wong Mortensen

April 14, 2020

Dear Garson, Roland and Jerry,

It was with great sadness that i heard of the passing of your sweet father. He was a gentle man, with such a pure soul and generous spirit. You can see his love and warmth shine through in his family, and how you all remain so close. I always felt safe when he came to visit the yU+co studio, and that everything would be ok knowing that he was watching out for us.

May your father rest in peace and your family find comfort in all of the loving memories that you share with him.

Our deepest condolences,
Carol and Chris

Benjamin Yu

April 14, 2020

My Grandpa was a determined man, he has taught me a lot about perseverance and hard work. He grew up in hard conditions but he was able to make a good life for himself. I will always remember the good example he was to me. I am glad that he is in a better place now, but also hope he knows that he is missed. Love you YeYe.

Biography

余祺瑞弟兄生平

Eulogy of Mr. Ki Sui Yu at his memorial service spoken by Jerry Yu.

今天我代表我們的家人,在我們最敬愛的父親的安息崇拜儀式中,向各位簡述我父親的一些生平逸事:

家父余祺瑞弟兄於1928年5月25日出生於中國福建省廈門市,由於家父已屆高齡身體日漸虛弱,於2020年3月29日晚上在加拿大溫哥華本拿比市Fellburn安老院與世長辭,享年91歲。

家父一生為人忠厚,心地善良,平易近人,勤奮好學,愛護妻兒,疼愛子孫,樂善好施,並且常存感恩。

家父原是出於名門望族。曾祖父余鑑堂為清朝秀才,但由於國家政權改變,自此家道中落。祖父余啟昌與祖母黃愛蓮於戰亂中相相在我父親年幼時去世。父親因此寄養在二祖姑母余佩蘭家中。直至13歲那年,父親隨親友乘船南下香港,投靠遠房親友家中,開始幫忙打理家中和公司雜務,並學習做貿易生意,由於他不斷上進學習,年青時候的父親與朋友合夥開設中南貿易公司,經營台灣生豬進口業務,與當時香港肉食商會會長陳其先生,即我們的外公有生意往來。其後經他兒子陳順燊即我二舅父的介紹之下,認識了他的妹妹陳順環,即我們的母親。我母親當時在父親所開設的醫療所做護士,目睹我父親為人心地善良又常常贈醫施藥,心萌仰慕之意,加上二人情投意又朝夕相對,很快他們就共諧連理。時間過得很快,兩人結婚後,連生貴子,三年抱兩,我母親一共生下五名子女,長女冠珠,次子志宏,三子志遠、四子志雄及五女冠華。

及後我父親因為與合夥人在生意上意見分歧而拆夥,為負責家庭生計,父親經過一位朋友的介紹下受聘於一間船務公司為船東代表。從此,父親開始了他的航運事業。他由一名練習生經過不斷努力學習,並獲得船主讚賞他為人忠厚誠實,經多年努力由三副逐步晉升到大副職位。其後,他轉投包玉剛先生旗下的環球輪船公司,服務長達25年之久。在航運生涯中,他最引以為傲的是,在一次海上航行中偶然發現,當時在海圖中還沒有記錄的一個新誕生的小島。

父親非常顧念親情,雖然身在香港,他一直難忘家鄉親人在他年幼時的照顧恩情,在他出海行船期間,經常叮囑我母親定期往廈門家鄉親友寄上生活費和衣服物資,以表感恩之心。

家父為人行善仗義,敬重長輩,一直以身作則教育我們,在家父的潛移默化教導之下,我們各兄弟姊妹都緊記有關社會倫理禮儀和責任。

父親勤奮好學,我們經常見到父親遠行出海回家後,總是利用空閒時間不斷進修,研習各種海員牌照資格考試,大家對他的毅力非常敬佩。

每逢父親出海回家,都帶回各地的紀念品和土產,我們各弟兄姊妹一見他進門就一擁而上,只顧打開行李箱,尋找父親帶回家的各樣禮物,對我父親及母親的親熱擁抱視而不見。

我父親在環球輪船公司服務了25年後光榮退休,並在1992年與母親跟隨三子志遠移居加拿大溫哥華,開始其退休生活。不久,他們通過住在美國的十舅母陳慕貞介紹之下認識福音,及後于1994年在列治文宣道會接受洗禮。其後父親與母親經常參與教會崇拜活動,讀經和唱詩。

在社區活動方面,父親曾積極為省議員和國會議員助選,並出任為溫哥華福建同鄉會會長,致力推動中華文化中心和頤興社的社區文化活動,他在溫哥華市唐人街為人熟悉的僑領,是當地有影響力的社區領袖之一。

父親在溫哥華退休生活安逸愉快,但由於年事漸漸老邁,他經過一次大腸外科手術後就進入老人院休養,自此在老人院住了9年多,期間母親幾乎每天都親自去陪他食飯和聊天。每逢農曆新年,各弟兄姊妹帶着子孫兒女到溫哥華與父母親一起共渡佳節,每當一班子孫兒女圍繞他的時候,他都發出內心喜悅的微笑,並且口中常常念着「感謝神!感謝神!」。

為了完成父親樂善好施,助學扶貧的心願,我們以他的名義在中國捐助了一所學校作為他90歲的生日禮物。在2019年3月29日,我母親代表家父在二子志宏,媳婦慧貞和三子志遠的陪同下,出席在湖南省洪江市龍船塘瑤族鄉一所以「余祺瑞伉儷中心學校」命名的建校儀式。及後家父獲悉心願達成,深表老懷安慰。

我父親已蒙主寵召,主懷安息。他一生勤勞,勤奮向上,為人正直,善待親友,深受家族親人和朋友的尊敬。現在各子女已事業有成,安居樂業,四代同堂。願我們永遠懷念他一生對家庭的貢獻和秉承他做人處世的教導,願他在天之靈得以安息,並因他一生的善舉而帶給子孫後代來自天上的平安與祝福而感謝神。


Yu Ki Sui was born on May 25, 1928 in Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China. For his whole life, Ki Sui was loyal, kind, approachable, diligent, studious and always showed gratitude. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always supported and helped in charities.
 
Ki Sui was originally born in a privileged family. His grandfather, Yu Kam Tong, was an established scholar during the late Qing Dynasty but due to the change in state power the financial condition of the family became strained. His mother, Wong Oi Lin, died when he was a newborn and his father, Yu Kai Cheong, died during World War II. Ki Sui was then fostered by his second Aunt, Yu Pui Lan. When he was thirteen years old, Ki Sui took a boat heading south for Hong Kong with only 50 cents in his pocket. He settled down in Hong Kong and was taken care of by his relatives and friends. He was there to help with chores in the homes of his relatives and their extended family and to learn how to do trading business.

Attributed to his diligent work and together with his business partners, Ki Sui started a trading company called Zhongnan Trading Company running an import business of live hogs from Taiwan in association with Chan Qi, the chairman of the Hong Kong Meat and Food Chamber of the Chamber of Commerce. Chan Qi would later become his father-in-law. Ki Sui became friends with Chan Qi’s son, Chan Shun Sun, and through Shun Sun’s introduction became acquainted to his friend’s younger sister, Chan Shun Wan. Ki Sui had opened up a medical clinic for doctors to come in during their off hours to provide medical advice and assistance for a low price and Shun Wan was working as a medical assistance in that medical clinic. Having seen Ki Sui's kindness in providing medical assistance to the poor, Shun Wan’s admiration for Ki Sui grew in her heart. Their love was nourished by always being together to the extent that they finally got married. Time passed quickly. In a few years, Shun Wan gave birth to five children who are, from oldest to youngest, daughter Kwun Chu, son Chi Wang, son Chi Yuan, son Chi Hong, and Kwun Wah.
 
Not long after, KI Sui disbanded his trading company because of disharmony with his partners. For the need of carrying responsibility for his family’s livelihood, he later took a job introduced by one of his friends as a shipowner’s representative for a shipping company. This is the beginning of Ki Sui’s shipping career. Some years later, he changed jobs to work for another shipping company called the World-wide Shipping Company, owned by Mr. Bao Yuk Kong. This is the company he will work in for the next twenty-five years. Through his enduring effort, continuous study and being praised by the shipowner for his loyalty and honesty, Ki Sui was promoted from third officer to first officer position. Ki Sui took pride in unexpectedly discovering a newly-formed island on one of his maritime voyages, of which the island had not yet been recorded on the sea chart.
 
Ki Sui was diligent and hard-working. His wife and children witnessed him always using his leisure time to study for the marine officer license examinations when he was back home. In doing so, people admired his perseverance.

Ki Sui had deep concern for his home town fellowmen. Although he had moved to Hong Kong, he never forgot the love given by his home town fellowmen who had taken care of him in his childhood. Even when he was sailing on the sea, he often reminded his wife to mail living expenses and clothes to his relatives and friends in Xiamen to show his gratitude to them.
 
Ki Sui did good deeds to others, respected his elders, and taught his children by example. By his subtle teaching, all the sons and daughters in the family always bear in mind social ethics and responsibilities.
 
Ki Sui would sail for months at a time and when he came home, he brought back souvenirs and local products from overseas. His sons and daughters would swarm toward him when he stepped into the door to open his suitcase and look for the various gifts brought by him. They even turned a blind eye to the intimate embrace of their parents.

After having served in World-wide Shipping Company for 25 years and retired with honor, Ki Sui and his wife followed their third son, Chi Yuan, and immigrated to Canada to begin their retirement life in the City of Vancouver. Soon after, Ki Sui and his wife converted to Christianity through the introduction of their tenth-sister-in-law, Chan Mo Ching, who lived in the United States. In 1994, Ki Sui and his wife were baptized at Chinese Alliance Church in the City of Richmond. They often participated in church worship activities, reading scriptures and singing hymn songs.

Ki Sui participated in community activities by actively helping provincial and parliamentary councilmen in their elections. He acted as the President of the Vancouver Fujian Fellowmen Association. He also proactively promoted the community cultural activities organized by the Chinese Cultural Center and Yixing Society in town. He was one of the popular and influential overseas Chinese leaders in Vancouver Chinatown.
 
Ki Sui had a comfortable and happy retirement in Vancouver. However, due to his age he entered the nursing home after a colon-rectal surgery. Since then, he had been living in the nursing home for more than 9 years. During his stay, his wife went there to join his meals and chat with him almost every day. During the holiday Lunar Chinese New Year, Ki Sui would be surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who greeted him, making him laugh with joy. From his mouth, he often said "Thank God! Thank God!" when he spoke to them.

Ki Sui was a philanthropic person who had deep compassion and concern for the poor and their education. His children fulfilled his wish to donate a school in China on his behalf for his 90th birthday gift. On March 29, 2019, Shun Wan represented Ki Sui for the building establishment ceremony for the school. The school was named “Mr & Mrs Yu Ki Sui Central School” and is located at Yiu Juk Township, Lung Syun Tong, Hung Gong City in Wu Naan Province. Also in attendance was their first son Chi Wang and his wife, Wai Ching, and their third son, Chi Yuan. Ki Sui expressed his appreciation when he realized that his wish had been fulfilled.
 
Ki Sui passed away at the Fellburn Care Center in Burnaby, Vancouver, Canada on the evening of March 29, 2020, due to his physical weakness in his old age. He died at 91 years old. He is now received by the Lord and rests in peace. He was hardworking, diligent and righteous all his life. He treated his relatives and friends well, and was always respected by his family members and friends. Now, all his children have successful careers living with good foundation and happiness, and are unified in a big family of four generations. May we be always in memory of his good contributions to the family and his teaching about how to do good in our lives. May his spirit rest in heaven, and because of his good deeds in his life, blessings will be descending from heaven upon our generations to come, with great gratitude to God.

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