First Memorial Funeral Services & Boal Chapel and Memorial Gardens
1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC
Thoo Sang Lam
November 7, 1942 – June 16, 2020
Thoo Sang Lam passed away in North Vancouver on June 16th, 2020 at the age of 77. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Bee Choo, their two children, Tsui Ming (Kevin), Eu Meng (Bill), and grandchildren, Alex, and Annabel. He will also be missed by his extended family and dear friends.
Thoo Sang was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 7th, 1942. He was a proud alumni of Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur where he excelled at track & field and rugby. He went on to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Thoo Sang moved to Singapore to work for his uncle, which is where he met Bee Choo. In 1981, the family moved to Vancouver, Canada and settled in the North Shore where they raised their two children and three dogs (Jasper, Zack, and Julia). Thoo Sang worked for the engineering firm of SNC Lavalin for most of his career.
Thoo Sang was well loved and was very diligent about staying in touch with family and friends near and far. He had a gregarious nature and could talk to a stranger for hours. He was also kind and generous, willing to help a family member or friend whenever needed. Thoo Sang loved golf and could often be found at the driving range or playing a round golf, and he always had a golf tip or trick to share. He was a shrewd poker player who enjoyed trying to read and outwit family and friends in games that would last well into the night. Thoo Sang also had a passion for food and cooking, whether it was experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen or sampling restaurants locally and in his travels.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. https://www.heartandstroke.ca
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 8th at 11:00am at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC. Because of COVID-19 considerations, the funeral service will be limited to family members.
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Thoo Sang Lam
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July 3, 2020
I was fortunate to have been able to get to know Uncle Thoo Sang while I was attending University with his daughter Tsui. We had a close knit group of friends back then who would often visit the Lam residence.
It was on one fated occasion that I was introduced to golf, one of my favourite sports. Uncle Thoo Sang not only lent us a set of clubs but he also graciously accompanied us to the local driving range and gave us pointers while we unabashedly hacked away at the ball.
Despite being hopeless beginners, Uncle Thoo Sang was patient with us, and encouraged us to keep at it. His love and enthusiasm for the game was infectious. We had the privilege of Uncle Thoo Sang joining us on multiple occasions to the driving range through the years, as well as for a several rounds of golf.
Having already been so generous with his time in teaching us technique and etiquette, he gifted my friend and I our first set of golf clubs when our skills were finally decent enough to play a full course. We've been hooked on the game ever since.
Thank you Uncle Thoo Sang for sharing the gift of the game. We will miss you.
Soo Tee Tay
June 30, 2020
Thoo Sang married by younger sister and over the years, he became much more than a BIL----he became my very dear and beloved friend, always gregarious and always generous. I am deeply saddened over his passing and I shall miss him dearly at the golf course, at restaurants and at family gatherings. "Lam" as I called him, I mourn, I cry and I grieve over your passing.
Soo Kong Chang
June 30, 2020
Thoo Sang and I go back all the way to 1956 as VI classmates. With just a break here and there, we have pretty much stayed in touch through all these years.
TS’s people-skills coupled with his extraordinary street smartness and outstanding athleticism made him a well-liked and -rounded individual.
As well, resourcefulness and entrepreneurship began to course through his veins during his early undergraduate student days. During his one-term stint at the University of Malaya in 1963, before going to NZ, he pioneered what we now know as Uber Rides and Uber Eats services to a large clientele of students in the all-female Third Residential College.
There was yet another talent in TS’s repertoire: He was quite the raconteur; I never tire of listening to TS’s recounting of his “wayward-youth” days whenever we got together.
I shall miss him big time.
Tong Chui Koh
June 29, 2020
As a fellow Victorian, I will miss Thoo Sang. He was my sports idol in school.
I will miss golfing with him.
Rest in Peace my friend.