OBITUARY

Clement Leung Key Lee

March 18, 1936April 29, 2021

Clement Leung Key Lee, known to friends as “Clem”, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2021 at the age of 85 years.

Clem is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lydia (nee Cheung); daughters Pamela (Greg), Sabrina (Nick) and Fiona (Andrew); grandchildren Leigh, Lauren, Sean, Alex, Anthony and Wesley; brothers Carro (Fidelia) and Rocky (Amy) and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. Clem was preceded in death by his parents and brother Eric (Mimi). Clem was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to everyone.

Born in Nanning, Guangxi, China, Clem moved to Canada to attend McGill University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began his career at Ontario Hydro but his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to complete his MBA and he launched several successful business ventures in civil engineering and real estate.

Clem’s passion for helping people and improving the well-being of the wider community saw him take on a number of key leadership roles with the Toronto Hong Kong Lions Clubs and the Toronto Chinese Business Association. He was also one of the founding organizers of the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival and it is now a major sports event and tourism destination for the city. For his outstanding dedication and service to the community, Clem was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1993 followed by the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Clem was an avid golfer, a member of the Bayview Golf & Country Club and a founding member of the Mandarin Golf & Country Club in 1991. In his retirement, he combined his love for golf with travel, chasing sunnier weather and fairways. Together with Lydia, Clem globetrotted on cruise liners carrying with him his golf bag and a sense of adventure.

Due to the current pandemic state of emergency, attendance at all funeral services are being held in private for immediate family only. You are invited to participate in the funeral visitation and service by joining the live-stream. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Clem’s honour to go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or North York General Hospital Foundation. A celebration of his life will take place when we can all gather again and share our memories. Condolences can be left at the Kane-Jerrett Website.

Link to the Live-stream: http://ipickart.ca/stream/Lee

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Evelyn Tse

May 12, 2021

Dear Lydia,
I’m very sorry to learn of the passing of Clement. My husband and Clement’s other friends from the Aphasia Institute will greatly miss him!
We will remember Clement and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
May he Rest In Peace.
God bless,
Evelyn

John Grose

May 11, 2021

It is with great sadness that Thilde and I learn of the passing of Clement. Our sincere condolences to Lydia and family: wishing you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.
My friendship with Clement dates back sixty years. Still fresh in my mind are fond memories of our evening gatherings together with engineering and architectural students from Hong Kong, where he shared his Montreal experiences and provides advice to new comers. I still have a photo of the group taken in one of such gatherings, with everyone enjoying a bottle of Molsen beer! His outgoing personality, his kindness and generosity impressed everyone around him.
Thanks for the happy memories, Clement. Rest in peace.
John Grose

Jack SC Fong

May 11, 2021

Clement was a celebrity at McGill because his name was known to all, including myself who was five years behind him.
It was at the Leacock Lunch of the Homecoming week at McGill in 2013 when our friendship was rekindled. Since then we saw each other during every summer when my family and I vacationed in Toronto. In recent years, his ambulation was confided to the use of wheelchair, while his spirit remained high and optimistic.
This morning, I attended the virtual
service in its entirety. WOW, what a beautiful and artistic chronicle of his life well lived. He was truly a scholar, a gentleman and a role model for all.
Clement and Lydia have come together as one to build a beautiful family - a family of off-springs with happiness, love, respect, pride, peace and harmony. May God bless you all and with my condolence.
Jack S. C. Fong, MD, CM, MSc., FAAP, FRCP(C)

Martin Ossip

May 10, 2021

I met Clem at Bayview a few years after joining the club about 20 years ago. We had great and memorable times together. Clem was a much better golfer keeping score for me but making sure that he did not win too much. A passionate and keen bridge player, Clem arranged a table on Wednesday afternoon after the R&R golf and lunch, often spicing it up with a rare single malt Scotch whiskey making it somewhat more challenging for most of us.

In particular, I remember Clem's tales about his past, his wonderful daughters and their families and his long cruises and trips during the Winter with Lydia. He was always happy and lively, interesting and such good company.

All of us at Bayview miss Clem very much. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing to us all.

My deepest sympathy to Lydia and family.

Martin Ossip

john lee

May 10, 2021

My sincere condolences to Lydia, Pam, Sabrina and Fiona for the loss of your loved one. Many fond memories with Clement. Just a few. Was fortunate to be invited to attend the full-moon dinner for Pam and Greg's first child in Sydney. It was a sumptuous all seafood dinner. Years later had the pleasure of cruising the Sydney Harbour with Lydia and Clem. A few years later had the pleasure again having lunch with them at Cockle Bay and also sharing a bottle of Clem's favourite red wine by Pam and Greg's swimming pool. Will always treasure those moments. Most of us may not know that Clement was the drummer when the McGill Chinese Student's Society put on a lion dance performance at the annual Red and White Show.
Clement, thanks for the memories.

Louis Law

May 8, 2021

Eunice and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Clement. Lydia, please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
I have known Clement since high school. We were classmates and roommates in McGill Engineering . We shared our notes and studies together. He was very concerned when I had the car accident and was not able to attend classes. He would often comfort and assist me in assignments. We shared good times like going to Plumbers Ball together and having good times at football games. We also shared hard time when we both were broke during a summer job hunting period. We had to share job hunting expenses and dinner portions. After graduation, we met in Toronto a few years later. We would meet quite often as we became business partners and joined the same investment club. Clement and Lydia were world travelers. During our investment club meetings, Clement would inform us of what actually happened around the world and the political and economic situations that would impact on investments. He would also entertain us with interesting things that happened during his trip with Lydia. We had not seen Clement since the pandemic We will miss Clement more than words can say. Rest in peace.

Hon Yip Lok

May 8, 2021

Lydia, we're sorry for your loss . Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Rest in peace, Clement.

Margaret and Hon

John Peng

May 7, 2021

Clement and I graduated in the same year at McGill University. A notable coincidence is that my daughter Frances and his daughter Pamela also graduated in the same year at the University of Waterloo and they are good friends too.

My wife Mandy and I admire Clement's achievements in receiving the Confederation of Canada Medal and the Queen's Jubilee Medal.

John Peng

Albert Leung

May 7, 2021

Really saddened to hear of Clem's passing; my sincere condolences to you Lydia, and the whole family. Thinking back, I have known Clement for over 70 years, since our young teenage years, and we were classmates in Lingnam and Wah Yan. I have always been impressed by his laughters, his kindness, and his voice. I think he introduced us to the Mandarine Golf club. He was a great guy! Happy guy!
May he rest in peace in the arms of our Blessed Mother.

Albert Leung, MD, FRCP(C)

Catherine Wang

May 7, 2021

I want to send my deepest condolences to Lee's family.
Living in the same Condo, I wish we could have more time
to see each other. RIP, Clement.
Catherine Wang, M.D. FRCP (C)

FROM THE FAMILY