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HERBY CHAN (published on October 24, 2009)



HERBY CHAN July 19, 1919 - October 19, 2009 Peacefully, at home, with family and friends surrounding him, Dad passed into the Hands of our Lord. He was predeceased by Mom on December 1, 2008. Left to cherish his memory are his son Elliot (Denise); daughter Kim (Doug); grandsons, Julian (Amber), Dave, and Mike, and great-grandsons, Randy Joseph, and Julez; brothers, Allan (Jessie), and Paul, and sisters, Mabel and Gladys (Ray) and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was born in Victoria, B.C. to Chan Dun and Koo She, the eighth born of twelve children. After high school, Dad worked in the family restaurant, The Panama Cafe, where he learned the art of breadmaking. In 1942 Dad enlisted with the RCAF as a wireless operator and air gunner. When Dad moved to Winnipeg, he met and married the love of his life, Joyce. They shared sixty-four wonderful years. Dad retired from Manitoba Hydro in 1984 and then he and Mom were able to spend more time camping and travelling. Dad was a very musical man. He was involved with many groups starting with The Celestial Gents, which was made up of the eight Chan boys and their sister Dorcas. Dad was a sergeant bandsman with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles for twenty years, and he played with the Kildonan Pops Band, the Khartum Shriner's Orchestra and he had his own band, Herby Chan and the Harmonies. Dad loved to sing too. He sang mainly with St. Stephen's Anglican but he also sang with John Black and The Chinese United choirs. Dad took particular pleasure in singing birthday wishes with his beautiful tenor voice to many friends and family. Although music was a large part of Dad's life, it came second to his devotion to God and his family. Dad's quiet strength and confidence in his life's purpose served as an example to all who knew him. All his life Dad collected things. One of his prized possessions was his collection of friends. His Helmsdale and Dorothy Lake neighbours, fellow Hydro employees, Masonic brethren, band and choir mates, and St. Stephen's and Kildonan House families. He treasured his friendships with you all. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the kindness and caring given to Dad by Tara, Dr. Albak, and the team at PRIME, Ed, Dad's driver, Ann, Ursula and especially Suhki, Ann and the Palliative Home Care team, and of course Diane, our minister, who helped us walk this valley with Dad. A celebration of Dad's life will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Anglican Church at 220 Helmsdale Ave. Flowers gratefully declined but if you like, a donation to St. Stephens or a charity of your choice could be made. Rest in Peace Dad, we know you are reunited with Mom now. We love you. Arrangements entrusted to: KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME 1897 Henderson Hwy. 338-0331 Send expressions of sympathy at www.dignitymemorial.com/3752


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