Mrs. Yee Sin Kwan

June 18, 1930December 31, 2019

In Loving Memory, the matriarch of our family, Yee Sin Kwan passed away peacefully at age 89 on December 31, 2019 at Mount St Joseph hospital, Vancouver, BC after suffering a stroke.

She was born in Hoi Ping, China on June 18 1930. At the age of 19, she married our father Fred Kwan and immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. on Jan 25th 1951. She received her Canadian Citizenship in 1956.

She excelled in hosting large Ma Jong dinner parties and was the envy of the neighbourhood with the growing of winter melons in her garden. Her cooking was amazing as was her sewing of clothes for the grandchildren. She traveled with friends throughout the world.

Yee is survived by Don (Donna), May (Gay), Sam (Val), Gordon (Jean), Tom (Katherine), Rosa (James) and Les (Sheila), 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and extended family and friends in Vancouver and San Francisco.

She was predeceased by her husband Fred, brother Soon Wu, daughter Betty, step son David. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at 4th east Geriatrics and 4th west of Mount Saint Joseph for the care and support she received.

An Evening Visitation will occur on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral home (3789 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby, BC 604-299-7720). A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the same location as above.

Feel free to leave a message of condolence for the family by "Adding a Memory" below.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in mom’s name to the

St Paul’s Foundation, Mount St Joseph Hospital (See link below)


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Reception Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Mrs. Yee Sin Kwan

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Gerry and Verna Kim M A R

January 19, 2020

I have known Gord & Jean for many many years. Gord was my good caring friend & co worker at the office. We stayed special friends up to now, so Verna and I know how much he loved his mother.
Gord always updated us about how she was doing as she got older. Jean was very compassionate about thoughtful care for Gord's mom. They will miss her.
To Gord & Jean, we give you our deepest sympathy.
With Love from your Friends,
Gerry and Verna K. Mar

Nancy Yee

January 19, 2020

I remember how your mom was such a loving person who showed so much love to her husband and children. She was a great hostess to all who visited her home.
She loved her flowers and had a green thumb. She could grow anything. When I think of my mother, I often also think about your mother and their generation and what they had to go through to raise her family. How much grace and dignity she possessed so that we can all hope to be like her. At age 89, I agree with her family that she had a wonderful life surrounded by a loving family. We will miss her.

Nancy and Michael YEE

Kerwin Mar

January 19, 2020

My wife and I lived near Mrs. Kwan while she lived at Harmony House on Shanghai Alley in Vancouver. I often saw her on her daily walks around the block. She would always give me a big smile or wave. I would also run into Gordon once or twice a month when he'd come visit her.

My sincere condolences to the Kwan family.

Shelly Jong

January 12, 2020

When I think of your Mom I remember her kindness, her generosity and her beautiful smile. She always opened her home to me and always made me my special chow mein and “tay”(dumplings)... She would laugh every time she saw me looking for the ketchup in the fridge! She had a nickname for me “kie noi” (naughty girl) but she would say it with love...

I think I spent more time in the Kwan’s home than my own during my teenage years. I talked to her about a lot of things and always felt better afterwards because she would give me that smile and I would know everything would be alright... Thank you for sharing your Mom with me, I will miss her very much.