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Byng Sing Woo

December 10, 1933

July 14, 2023

Byng peacefully passed away at his home, surrounded by loved ones, on the precise day he had chosen. Throughout his final moments, he maintained a cheerful disposition, engaging in lively conversations and sharing jokes with his family. Born in Vancouver, Byng was the youngest of eight siblings. He attended Strathcona Elementary School, King Edward High School, and eventually pursued a BCom degree in Finance at UBC. It was during his time at UBC that he met Elizabeth, the woman who would become his beloved wife and companion for an impressive 67 years. Byng’s professional journey unfolded in the realm of investments, beginning with research and later transitioning into money management. This career path led him and his family to Montreal for a period of 15 years, followed by another 5 years in Toronto. In 1982, as a director at Jones Heward and Company, Byng returned to his hometown of Vancouver, where he established an office to serve clients in Western Canada. With the sale of Jones Heward, he joined Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel. Byng decided to retire at the age of 58 in order to maximize the quality time he could spend with Elizabeth. During their retirement, they embarked on numerous travels, reveled in leisurely walks in the park, attended concerts, operas, plays, and movies, and relished socializing with their vast network of friends. Additionally, they cultivated their shared passions for bridge, tennis, and dining out. Byng possessed an insatiable appetite for knowledge and took great pleasure in reading about a wide array of subjects. He also held a deep enthusiasm for running and actively participated in numerous Sun Runs. In recent months, he developed a newfound interest in watching cooking shows on television, amusing his family as he himself did not cook. Byng is preceded in death by his brothers Dick, John, and Leonard, as well as his sisters Anne, Mary, and Susan. He leaves behind his cherished wife Elizabeth, their children, Alan (Johanna), Lisa (Howard), and Elaine (Paul), and his grandchildren Christopher (Laura), Dana (Martin), Yannick, and C├ędric. Byng will also be fondly remembered by his great-grandchildren Elisa, Leyla, Caden, and Miah. Surviving him is his sister Kate Wong, in addition to many nephews, nieces, and cousins. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Qazalbash, the staff at Legacy Senior Living, particularly Rose, Suzanne, their teams, and most notably Fritzie, whom Byng affectionately dubbed “The Angel,” for their unwavering support. A commemoration of Byng’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to the Union Gospel Mission or the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) in Byng’s honor would be sincerely appreciated.

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