Dr. Elaine Ling

December 19, 1946August 1, 2016
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December 19, 1946 – August 1, 2016

Elaine Ling was born on December 19, 1946 in Hong Kong. She was the eldest child of Shelton and Margaret Pong. Elaine came to Canada at the age of nine with her family. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc. in Biological and Medical Sciences and subsequently entered second year of Medical School at U of T. She graduated in 1974 and pursued Family Medicine.

In her fourth year of Medical School, Elaine did a three month elective in northern Ontario working with First Nations people. This experience proved to change her life, as she found herself drawn to their unique art and culture. Elaine went on to practice medicine among various First Nations people in Canada, as well as across the world in Abu Dhabi and Nepal, whilst maintaining her primary practice in Ajax, Ontario. Elaine loved medicine and photography, and often said they tied together in many ways.

This was the start of Elaine’s journey as a photographer. She travelled the globe, photographing stones, nature, and people of the world. Her works are displayed internationally in France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Italy, Cuba, and the United States. In Canada, her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ryerson University, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Elaine’s tireless and singular focus resulted in acclaimed publications: Mongolia – Land of the Deer Stone, Talking Stones, Cuba Chronicles, and Cuba Rooms. One of her final projects was an exquisite portfolio of platinum prints of Baobab trees photographed from around the world. Her works can be viewed on her website at

Apart from photography, Elaine was a talented musician. She grew up playing the piano, baritone, oboe and guitar, but her true love was for the cello. She played in Orchestra Toronto and had regular quartet sessions with friends. She supported the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and sponsored cellists for the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Elaine was also an avid tennis player, hiker, kayaker, cross-country skier, and lover of the outdoors.

Two years ago, Elaine was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Though she faced a difficult battle, she lived her remaining days with the same spirit and fervor that Elaine is best known for. She fought tirelessly until the end and her love for life never diminished. She will be deeply missed by her mother, Margaret, her brother, Ed and his family, Amy, Jonathan (Vivian), Karyn (Joe, Zack, Lucas, & Abby) and Jessica, and finally, by her partner, John.



  • Evening Visitation

    Friday, August 5, 2016

  • Morning Visitation

    Saturday, August 6, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 6, 2016


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Anne Scott

April 4, 2019

Dear doctor Ling, after hearing about your passing several months after the fact I was absolutely devastated. I remember meeting you when I was 26 and it already my first child. And when I gave birth to my twins you were there. You then became and remained my family's doctor until the end of your days. I'm so grateful to have known you two have been able to chat with you about things other than medicine like travel, Etc. To this day I have not been able to find a doctor that holds a candle to you. I miss you dearly and to find a doctor as good as you will be next to Impossible.

Shirley Yanover

December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018
I am missing you Elaine Ling, I have so many amazing memories of your
vibrant alive galvanizing personality. And your smile, and your love of life and
Missing you always,

Shirley Yanover

August 1, 2018

Two years today. Elaine, you are gone but not forgotten.
Missing you, your beautiful smile, your sense of adventure
and most of all, your love of life.

Lorna Froste

February 6, 2018

I was just taking a Master Class video class with Annie Libowicz and of course decided to check out Elaine's photography. I recall spendi g a day ,mid 70s, taking photographys of loading dock activity at GM in Oshawa. I am a nurse who worked with Elaine. While looking back to her photography,I learned of her death. I am so sorry to recei e this news.

January 28, 2018

Dear Dr.Ling:

My 3 girls and I were so sad to hear about your passing over a year ago. You have been our Doctor since they were born and such an important person in our life. You always greeted us with a smile and were amazed to watch my daughters grow. You were so positive and the girls loved the way you dressed - so cool. You also helped me stay positive during a difficult time I was going through with my health. Thank you for being our Doctor. You are hard to replace.

Donna, Kristy. Kimberly and Lisa Thompson

Chris Winkle

October 21, 2017

Your photographic work has been one of the first things I see every day when I come home
Sadly I felt the need to connect with you but with work and the belief time was immorial I put it off
I love you elaine
Chris winkle

Karen Bigelow

September 3, 2017

Thank you E, for being my big sister and taking care of me when I needed you most. I miss you.

Linda Chan

August 4, 2017

It's been over a year since we learned of your passing. You are still in our hearts and thought of often.

William Fussner

August 3, 2017

Dearest Elaine
Oh how you are missed. Perfect canoeing weather, so happy to have been able to get you out one last time. We think of you often and of that wonderful smile. So many good times to remember having had with you. So happy to have those memories. Bill

Solen Fluzin

December 19, 2016

So sad to hear about your passing only today. Your pictures are opening my living-room onto new landscapes. I will forever be grateful for meeting you and holding on some of your art. Rest in Peace


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