Wing-Kee Chan, 71, died on February 19, 2024, surrounded by his family.
He was born on August 17, 1952 in Kampar, Malaysia. He expressed fondness for his childhood in a close-knit family with many siblings and cousins to wreak havoc with. After coming to Canada and graduating from the University of Alberta, he made the most of his bachelor life living all around the world, working as an expat and in true Wing-Kee fashion, made friends with everyone he met. When he moved back to Calgary, he met the love of his life, Kathy. She became his constant companion and was by his side through many adventures, raising their kids, traveling, eating good food and always laughing.
They went on to have two children, Sam and Victoria. Above anything else, he loved being a dad and he was great at it. He was involved in every activity with his kids from basketball to camping, leading the local scout troop, and often he played just as hard or harder than all the kids. He was a compassionate Rotarian for many years and was involved in the student exchange program where his family hosted nine exchange students over the years.
The family expanded with the arrival of two amazing daughters-in-law, Courtney and Lauren. He really loved them, and they loved him back. Those two were like his partners in crime, always keeping him on his toes and ready for some good banter.
Moving to Victoria, BC after retirement allowed him year-round access to his favorite activities; cycling and fly fishing. He went on countless fishing trips with friends and put thousands of kilometers on his road bike.
You could always count on Wing-Kee to walk into a room and create a spectacle, spark a curious conversation, make a child laugh (or cry) and have little regard for how loud he was speaking. His irresistible charm, caring nature and borderline inappropriate humor were boundless, filling every occasion with life and love.
He will never be forgotten by those who knew him and dearly missed by those that he loved.
There will be a celebration of life held in March. If you would like to make a donation, in lieu of flowers, please consider the Pacific Salmon Foundation.