On January 8, 2023, Bun Loong (Ben) Leung, a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, passed away at the age of 101 years old. He passed away peacefully in his home in Port Alberni, a month after his birthday, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Ben was born and raised in Hong Kong. He married his wife, Shiu King, in 1947 and they had seven children. After World War II, Ben entered into a career in public health services until his retirement in 1976. In that year, he received the British Empire Medal (BEM) from the Governor of Hong Kong for his longstanding service. The following year, he emigrated from Hong Kong to Port Alberni with his wife and children. He later found a new role by helping Susanna, daughter, and Joe to establish Port Alberni’s famous Jade Restaurant.
Travelling was a passion that remained throughout life. Most of his travel involved visiting Canadian cities and Asian countries. Reno and Las Vegas were also his favourite destinations. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with friends and family in Port Alberni and Hong Kong.
In recognition of reaching his centennial birthday, Ben received a congratulatory message from the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrating his 100th year old birthday milestone.
Predeceased by his parents (Leung Lai Sang and Ko Mui Shin), four brothers and four sisters, he was the last surviving sibling of his family until now. He was the fifth son and second youngest of the nine siblings.
Predeceased by his loving wife Shiu King, Ben is survived by his sons: Raymond (Lili), David-predeceased (Mary), Andy (Esther), Joe (Sophia), and Michael (Margaret); daughters: Mabel (Kwok Keung Cheung-predeceased), Susanna (Joe Eng), grandchildren: Diana, Carl, Harvey (Joyce), Michele, Rebecca, Keith, Jeffrey (Cindy), Nicholas, Steven, Jessica, Jennifer, Melissa, Emily and Yolanda; great granddaughter Natalie, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Hong Kong, Canada and United States.
Thank you to all the staff (nurses, rehab, liaison, CHWs, home supports) at Community Health Services, Comfort Zone, HME Home Health, Ty Watson House, No Frills pharmacy (Jyoti Modhgill), WCGH, as well as Dr. dePape, Dr. Mohamedali, nurse Daniel Knapp, Dr. Johnsen, Dr. Woodley, and many friends and neighbours for making Ben’s final moments comfortable and supporting his family.
We recognize Mary Heatherington, for her comfort and reassurances during both Ben and Shiu King Leung’s care.
A public viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from 09:30am to 11:15am at Yates Memorial Services (in their Chapel), 4470 Gertrude Street, Port Alberni BC. A private witness cremation will follow at Yates Memorial Services, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, BC at 1:00pm.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Alberni Valley United Church, 3747 Church Street, Port Alberni BC. Everyone is welcome to join us in sharing food and memories.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honouring Bun Loong Leung’s memory by making a donation in his name to Ty Watson House. https://albernihospice.ca/how-you-can-help/make-a-donation