OBITUARY

William S. Lee

June 25, 1950March 6, 2018
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William Sy Lee, age 67, of Houston, Texas passed away on Tuesday March 6, 2018.

William was born June 25, 1950 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. He was married on June, 22nd 1975 in Houston, TX.

William is predeceased by his parents, Marciana and Zenon Lee. He attended Leyte Chinese Progressive High School and graduated from Divine Word University with a degree in Business Management.

From there William arrived in the United States with a few dollars in his hand and a couple of suit cases. He was chasing after the love of his life Susan, his good luck charm, whom he had known since she was in 4th grade. They were married for 43 happy years.

He went on to have many successful business ventures which included real estate, a number of franchises, and a metal finishing company where he became a guru in the industry.

His passions were traveling the world with his wife, his grandkids, riding his motorcycle, boating, and racing around in a sports car.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Evelyn Lee; daughter, Natasha and her husband Andrew Hallam, their two children, Warren and Sofia; son, Travis and his wife Yanh, their three children, Lara, Evelyn and William; son, Richard; aunt Theresa Chiu; uncle Akio Lee; and best friends, Mary and Daniel Go and Virginia and Fred Tan.

A visitation for William will be held Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077.

A funeral service will occur Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestparkwestheimer.com for the Lee family.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Biography

William Sy Lee was born on Sunday, June 25, 1950 in Tacloban City in Leyte, Philippines. He attended high school at (name) and graduated from (university) with a degree in (subject). He was an avid swimmer, with butterfly as his preferred stroke, and also enjoyed playing badminton. On March 28, 1975 he came to the United States with two suitcases and $700 in his wallet. He came with the purpose of following Susan, whom he had known since she was in 4th grade, to ask her to to marry him. She and her family had moved from the Philippines to Houston, Texas, in (year). She accepted his proposal and they were married for 43 wonderful years.

In a new country and with no help from his family, William made ends meet by working as a tire salesman for Goodyear, driving forklifts, investing in real estate, owning a franchise of hair salons with over 75 employees, and even a string of frozen yogurt shops. He loved his sweets! But William's legacy began when he and Susan went out on a limb and purchased a metal finishing company by the name of Del's Plating Works in (year). They had three young children and not an ounce of chemistry knowledge between them. The owner, Del, promised to teach them all they needed to know about chemistry, the metal finishing industry, and everything else they needed to know about running the company. Unfortunately, Del passed away before he could fulfill his promise and William was left with the challenge of teaching himself the rest of the daunting material. The challenge sparked an even greater fire within William and the business not only flourished, it expanded and grew into something beyond Del's dreams. William's legacy is proudly continued by his sons, Travis and Richard.

Aside from his work, William loved cars, motorcycles, boating, flying, swimming, playing badminton, golfing, fishing, collecting Giuseppe Armani sculptures and figurines, and spending time with his 5 grandchildren. He also had a deep love for traveling with Susan and enjoying food. He took her to Europe over 30 times and his favorite cities were Florence and Paris. He loved seafood towers, and the bigger they were, the better. William was also a good dancer. Despite his silly sense of humor, when he was on the dance floor he exuded grace and panache. In addition to dancing, William enjoyed singing - mostly love songs to his wife - often to his children's embarrassment. William was a great story teller and the life of the party. He lived every day with a love for life, his family and everything he chose to surround himself with, always aware of the silver lining around every cloud.