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Nelson Verne Yuen

August 22, 1949

July 21, 2023

Nelson Yuen, a multifaceted individual known for his artistry, resilience, thoughtfulness, and unconventional approach to life, passed away at the age of [insert accurate age]. Throughout his existence, he never shied away from engaging in friendly conversations, passionately participating in intense debates on taboo subjects, or captivating his audience with stories that would leave a lasting impression. Nelson’s legacy is twofold, encompassing both his artistic endeavors and his ability to cultivate in others a deep appreciation for the unique and extraordinary aspects of life. His relentless pursuit of knowledge and understanding has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on all those who have had the privilege of crossing paths with him.

Born into a humble laundry family in Vancouver’s Chinatown, Nelson attended Strathcona Elementary and Britannia High School. It was during these formative years that he wholeheartedly embraced his artistic nature and embarked on a journey that would establish him as a trailblazer in the Fine Arts community. Nelson’s profound commitment to his craft led him to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, followed by a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina. In choosing this path, he became one of the pioneering Chinese Canadians in the field of Fine Arts. Following several years dedicated to honing his artistic skills in Vancouver, Nelson’s passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge guided him to become a professor at Okanagan College in Kelowna, ultimately achieving a full-time ongoing faculty position at Medicine Hat College.

His tenure at Medicine Hat College was marked not only by his dedication to his students and colleagues but also by his sabbatical year spent in Thailand, where he embarked on exciting adventures and encountered serendipitous encounters, all the while continuing to sculpt intricate masterpieces out of wood and marble. Nelson’s departure has left a void in the lives of countless individuals, including his beloved family, friends, students, and acquaintances. However, we are confident that wherever his next destination may be, he is forging new friendships, creating fresh memories, and producing captivating artworks. For those who wish to express their condolences, please send them to condolences@saamis.com.

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