The family announces with profound sorrow the passing of their beloved Sui Chee (Jimmy) Eng at the Timmins and District Hospital on November 11 at the age of 89.
Jimmy leaves behind his devoted wife of 57 years, Kam Ying (Mabel) Eng. Dear father of Garbel (Marcel) Laforest of Timmins, Toby Eng of Timmins, Jodee Eng of Ottawa, and Patricia Eng (John) of Ottawa. Cherished grandfather of Courtney and Logan Laforest, both of Timmins, who lovingly called him their Gon-Gon.
Also left to mourn are his sister Chu Ip (late Joe) of Toronto, brother Harvey Eng (late Christine) of London and many nieces and nephews.
Jimmy is predeceased by his father Yui Hing Eng, mother Ng C Eng, his mother-in-law Yu-Wong Sui Hong, brothers-in-law Otto Yu and Yeung Yue, brother Sui Kong Eng (wife Anny), Uncle Yiu (Cam) Eng (wife Shu Sheung), and daughter Baby Mabel.
Jimmy immigrated to Canada from China in 1952 with his Uncle Cam. He spent his first years in Canada in school at Kirkland Lake before moving to Timmins where he worked at the McIntyre Mine, Empire Hotel and London Cafe. In 1966, he opened The Bamboo House restaurant on Third Avenue where he spent much of his life until he retired in 1994.
To help learn the English language and immerse himself in Canadian culture, Jimmy began watching hockey, particularly the Toronto Maple Leafs and he also became an avid reader of the news to stay up to date with current events. Jimmy loved watching the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
Throughout his retirement Jimmy kept up with current events by using the internet to read news articles from around the world. Jimmy discovered online poker which he enjoyed for fun.
Jimmy’s advice to his children and granddaughters was to make sure you aren’t working too hard or you will miss out on life’s adventures.
Jimmy’s appetite for food never diminished. At times of celebration, he would always encourage you to mark the occasion with some great food.
He was often seen walking around the neighbourhood on his daily walks. Jimmy was adamant that everyone should stay active and go for walks to keep the body limber.
We will remember him fondly when enjoying an ice cream sandwich, “nai-nai” (milk in Cantonese) or a glass of OJ (or a screwdriver).
The family would like to thank the first responders, Dr. Kyle Harper, ER nurses, particularly Shannon Shepherdson, and triage staff at the Timmins and District Hospital for their care.
As per Daddy’s wishes, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations can be made to the Arthritis Society Canada.