740 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2019
During his life Harry was a teacher, a military fitness trainer, a carpenter,
a lawyer, a land developer and a health care facility innovator. He had
respect and compassion for people. His humble nature and his empathy
drove him in all his pursuits. Aside from practising law, Harry’s business
interests included various restaurants, a hotel, land development, book
publishing, and trading and importing. He also volunteered on many association
and society boards.
Harry understood that legal clients are more comfortable when you share
a language, a culture and a background. As one of the founding board members
of the Villa Cathay Care Home Society (and board chair from 1974 to
2015), he brought his philosophy to the care home, as a strategy to provide
Chinese seniors, especially those who had no other options, with something
that was unique, respectful and culturally sensitive. The current Villa
Cathay Care Home became the first and largest licensed facility in the
Lower Mainland to provide culturally focused comprehensive long-term
care for Chinese seniors. To date, it has served over 1,600 seniors, including
many Chinese pioneers who laid the foundations of Vancouver. The first
phase of his current goal of a $73-million Rejuvenation Project to expand
the capacity and to enhance high-quality services to future residents is
being realized this year. We are saddened because we know he would have
been ecstatic to walk into the new Villa Cathay Tower.
Harry loved to learn, to work hard, to unravel challenges and to enjoy
Chinese cuisine (even during his rare travels in Europe or the Caribbean).
He always enjoyed living in a busy city, playing mahjong with his friends
and engaging with his grandchildren; and he appreciated concrete buildings
with a view.
Harry and Jennie had two beautiful children, Elizabeth (Lisa) and
Anthony. Harry was a proud grandfather to f ive grandsons: Brendan,
Matthew, Jonathan, Michael and Harrison. The boys have all followed in
his footsteps of obtaining multiple university degrees. And to his further
joy, Harry became a great-grandfather in 2017 and then again in 2018.
Harry is also survived by siblings Shiao Mei, Erh Fong, Johnson and Erh
Ding, and their families. The following siblings predeceased him: Gian
Ping, Erh Gung and Erh Ming.
Harry went to his next chapter on August 15, 2018. He was a father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, friend, mentor, colleague and leader who had a
profound impact on countless people. We will miss this gentleman—a
source of many of our family and friends’ convictions and inspirations.