elevated LWwRA January 20, 1935 – November 18, 2022
elevated LWwRA Visitation
Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
elevated LWwRA Funeral Service
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
Chapel of St. Joseph – Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated LWwRA Obituary
Loving and generous husband and father, Wayne Chow of Markham, Ontario, peacefully passed away on November 18th at the age of 87, with the family at his side.
elevated LWwRA He was born Gee-Jung Lam, the youngest of five children (three brothers and a sister) on January 20th, 1935, in the village of Go Kai (High Creek) in Guangdong, China. Orphaned during the war, and separated from his eldest brother, Wayne had to fend for himself. It was serendipity when a kind woman, Lyne Nooy Chow, found him and adopted him as her own son.
elevated LWwRA Wayne and his mother fled to Hong Kong in 1949, before the borders were closed by the Communists. After spending almost 2 years in Hong Kong, they crossed the Pacific Ocean to join Lyne’s husband Chee in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
elevated LWwRA His first few years in Canada were difficult. He had to learn a new language, adapt to a new school, and work long hours at King’s Café, the family diner his father owned. Wayne settled into his new life. With the little free time he had, he set up an amateur (ham) radio. He had an interest in music and attempted to learn how to play the violin and flute.
elevated LWwRA Eventually, Wayne moved to the city of Regina and in 1966, he met the woman that would be his wife for 56 years, Corazon (nee Legara). A year later, they moved to Toronto and started a family.
elevated LWwRA He had adopted a broad skill set through the diverse jobs he held throughout his life. Wayne was an avid bowler – he joined the Lychee Gardens competitive team (and won a few tourneys!). He enjoyed spending time with friends over good food and drink and catching up on news from overseas. He loved to go to dim sum and would order his favourite dishes, Cheong Fun (Rice Noodle Rolls) and Siu Mai (Pork Dumplings)
elevated LWwRA Wayne always had his eldest brother in mind and never forgot him. He managed to reconnect with his eldest brother in the 90s and they kept in touch until his brother passed away.
elevated LWwRA In 2003, Wayne was diagnosed with and survived lung cancer to live on for another 19 years. During that time, he took advantage of his second chance at life and traveled – to different cities in the US, Alaska, China, the Philippines, and the Mediterranean. He was easygoing and didn’t take himself too seriously – he loved to laugh!
elevated LWwRA Wayne is survived by his loving wife Corazon, son Rene, daughter Bella and son-in-law Michael.
elevated LWwRA Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Southlake Regional Healthcare Center who cared for Wayne in his final days.
elevated LWwRA Visitation will be at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home (211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, Ontario) on November 26th, 2022, beginning at 10:00 am, followed by a Service at noon.
elevated LWwRA In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at Donate – Donations (supportthepmcf.ca) (”Give In Memory” Tab/Device Drop Down Menu) or 416-946-6560/1-866-224-6560 (option 1).
elevated LWwRA Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery