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Violet Wong (affectionately known as “Vi”) was born in Nanaimo, BC on December 27, 1923. She passed away peacefully July 8, 2019. She was predeceased by her brothers Wing, George and Richard (Dickie) Lew, and her half-sister, Nin Ho Jang. She is survived by her only child, Edmond Wong and many nieces and nephews who will miss her smiling face.

From her early 20’s Violet realized that she would need to be self-sufficient to survive and succeed in this world. She was a strong-willed, hard-working, feisty, caring and fun-loving woman. In 1954 Violet started up and successfully operated Nicola Cleaners, a dry-cleaning business in Vancouver’s West End. In the early 1960’s she made a life-changing decision that would find her leaving Vancouver to start a life in Northern B.C. with her son and a new partner. They lived and moved many times to various small towns in the developing North. She returned in 1969 to live in Vancouver when she housed many a student boarder, mostly children of her friends in the North and became their surrogate Mom in the city. She moved north again to Prince George in the mid 1980’s to be with her son and his family returning for a final time to settle in Lynn Valley in North Vancouver in 2001. Along the way she made many friends and connected with extended family. Whether she was ice-fishing for rainbow trout in that frozen lake near Puntzi Mountain, working at Northern Dry Cleaners in Fort St. John, playing in a cribbage tournament at the Senior Centre in Prince George, making meals for her many student-boarders, playing mah jong with family and friends in Vancouver or doing alterations/mending for friends at the Silver Harbour Senior Centre in North Vancouver, Violet’s endearing qualities and diverse talents shone through. Her innate ability to make one feel valued, accepted and listened to along with her desire to help and support others was omnipresent.

There was always room for one more at Vi’s dining table. She enjoyed cooking and the company of friends and family. Making connections and sustaining them was very important to her. Vi lived life on her own terms with an indomitable spirit and constant desire to learn. Her vast network of friends and family is testament to who she was and how she lived her life.

Another of Vi’s passions was chasing the horses at Exhibition Park in Vancouver. Many friends and relatives recall the fun and excitement thoroughbred racing brought to Vi. The call of “There They Go” would echo over the loudspeaker and one could see the energy and excitement in those big, wide eyes of hers as she watched the horses burst out of the starting gate. If Vi had a winning day at the track, everyone would benefit by attending the restaurant that she would treat at using her winnings.

Violet never owned a computer or mobile phone. If she wanted to communicate with friends or family she would either call them from her landline phone or write them cards or letters. This deep desire to stay connected with others permeated her existence. She had a knack for remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions and would be sure to send her well wishes to friends and family alike. Her artistic and creative sides are reflected in the many projects she took on throughout her life. From paintings, to re-upholstering furniture, to sewing outfits for various friends and family, to knitting slipper-socks for children, to making the Afghans for gifts; the list goes on. She had tremendous patience and perseverance evidenced by the countless puzzles, word-search challenges and Sudoku’s she enjoyed in her retirement years.

 

If a picture tells a thousand words, Vi would say a photo does the same. When she purchased her first Kodak box camera back when all photos were black and white, her passion for photography began. Her large collection of photo albums show a story of a life filled with love, joy, connection, inclusion and laughter. Her positive attitude was infectious and was spread by Violet wherever she went.

 

In the early 2000’s Violet’s journey came full circle when she returned once more to the lower mainland and found a home in North Vancouver, where she remained until her final days. Her pilgrimage through British Columbia was over. She would now focus on reconnecting with family and friends she had left so many years before while working on attracting new friends into her ever-expanding network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God saw you getting tired

and a cure was not to be

So He put his arms around you

and whispered “come to me”

With tearful eyes I watched you

And saw you pass away

although I loved you dearly

I could not make you stay

A golden heart stopped beating

Hard working hands at rest

God broke our hearts to prove to me

He only takes the best!

We will miss you Violet (Mum)! And as Tina Turner (as did George on numerous occasions) said, she was “simply the best”. RIP

Special gratitude is extended to Dr. Dana Haaf and his staff, the doctors, nurses and other medical staff at Lions Gate Hospital and Evergreen House that tended to mum’s various needs over the past number of years. To the relatives, friends and family that rallied to mum’s side, particularly George, during the latter stages of her struggles, THANK YOU!

 

A Celebration of Life for Violet will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lynn Valley Community Recreation Centre in Cardinal Hall, 3590 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, B.C. You can write your messages of condolence at the bottom of this notice. In lieu of flowers a donation to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice in Violet Wong’s name would be appreciated.

Condolence Messages

  1. torrun baldinger

    06 October 2019 1 month ago

    Your mum , was a beautiful lady ,who I will always remember fondly . Thank you for sharing a bit of her history such a great tribute.

  2. Laurie Hill

    21 August 2019 3 months ago

    Vi was an inspiration to all that she touched ❤️

  3. Barrett Eng

    19 August 2019 3 months ago

    Auntie Vi was truly an amazing woman, im fortunate to have met her and her son Ed. They’ve always been family to myself and the “Eng Family”. She taught me how to play crib, having the opportunity to play at the hospital, I could see the Electricity in her eyes when I ask for a game. Thanks for all the lessons in life.

    Your infectious Smile will be cherished.

  4. Naseem

    29 July 2019 4 months ago

    My family had the pleasure of knowing Violet for at least 2 decades. Violet was a very gentle, loving, soul. She was beauty personified, inside and outside. I will always remember that catchy laugh Vi and your very big heart. I bet no one in Heaven will go hungry because you will be making sure everyone there is fed. Our family will always be greatful for your friendship..We may not have been blood relatives but our connection will always remain from the heart. RIP and grace Heaven with your beauty….with love…The Rahmans

  5. Trudine Svisdahl

    29 July 2019 4 months ago

    Ed, we will dearly miss loving Vi.
    Your online Memorial tribute with photos to your Mom is absolutely beautiful.💐 Never will forget our wonderful encounters ,dinners ,conversations , memories with Vi . A wonderful son you are !!! See you on Saturday , August 24,
    2019

  6. Jan Brister

    29 July 2019 4 months ago

    Ed, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I know how close you were to her and how much you will miss her. Vi was an amazing woman and although I haven’t seen her in years I will always treasure the times I spent with her especially the time when I stayed with her in Vancouver and she took me to the race track. I just bet on the same horses that she did and we came away with a few winnings. I remember all the wonderful and elaborate meals that she prepared and shared. I never did know how she managed to prepare so many dishes for one meal. I enjoyed reading the remembrance and the photos in the obituary. You were the most important person in her life and I know how proud she was of you. You are in my thoughts.

  7. Glen Kary

    26 July 2019 4 months ago

    Great job Ed,,,as with everything you’ve done over the years Violet would be very proud.

    Over my years with Sandie I have met a lot of very nice folks. Violet and her family to mention a few. Right from our introduction she captured my heart. She was smart, energetic, and very grateful for everything she had. She also had a bit of mischievousness that made her lots of fun. Our annual trips to the PNE horse races will never be forgot.

    She was surrounded by loving family and friends. More than I could count and I know she took a great deal of pride in that. And her two sons Ed and George were the best two sons she could of ever hoped for.

    Hope to stay in touch.
    Glen

  8. Sandie Jackson

    26 July 2019 4 months ago

    Violet will be missed by so many people. She was an amazing woman and Ed’s descriptions of her are heartfelt and true. I first met her through Jamie Bell when he was her boarder back in the 70’s and a few years later my brother, Darryl, also became one of Vi’s boarders. We have kept in touch and spent many good times at Exhibition Park buying oats for the horses, though Vi had a knack for picking winners and generously treated Glen and me to dinner after the races. Vi faced her health challenges the last few years with her typical strength and courage. Our condolences to Ed and her ‘other boy’ George and the all the rest of the family.

  9. Brian and Shelley Hatcher

    25 July 2019 4 months ago

    What a lovely summation of a life well lived and a persn well loved. Vi will forever be a force of nature to the Hatcher family. We were fortunate to have such a great role model for our two girls, and a shining example for Shelley and I, of how to live life large, living just two doors away. We know she was instrumental in nurturing Kelsey into becoming the dynamic woman she is today and we thank her for willingness to take her under her wing. We think of her often. She will be missed.

  10. Jamie Bell

    25 July 2019 4 months ago

    Condolences to you Ed. Lovely tributes to your mom. As one of her many student boarders, ( circa 1978) I can attest to her wonderful giving, playful spirit. I recall fondly the many games of cribbage played over the years, and the happy times when she had a good day at the track. She would come home with a case of beer and steaks for the boarders when she won.( then usually a marathon crib session- best of nine typically🙂) over the years, every time my family would visit, it involved cribbage and food.
    We will all miss a very special lady.

  11. Jo-Ann and Barry Textor

    25 July 2019 4 months ago

    Well done Ed, a beautiful tribute to a “ one of a kind little lady”. You were her “ pride and joy” Ed
    Always remember all the love she had for you and George— her boys.
    Love the older pictures, we remember her showing them to us many times.
    We have many memories of her in the last 48 years, and being fortunate enough to have had her in our lives.
    Heaven received a Triple Crown winner!
    She was one the best!
    Rest In Peace Vi

  12. Ellie & Herb Lee

    25 July 2019 4 months ago

    Auntie Vi certainly had a full life! It was so wonderful to read about her life and what an interesting life she led. Our deepest condolences to you & your family.

  13. Scila

    25 July 2019 4 months ago

    Beautifully written Ed, Violet is smiling down on you from heaven.. I am going to miss Violet very much. Her laughter, her positive energy, her generosity will never be forgotten. She always had a smile on her face. I have never in 40 years ever seen her sad or mad, she was always happy…She is one of a kind and she will be missed. My deepest, heartfelt condolences. Heaven has a new angel.

  14. Sabrina

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    Thank You God for the beautiful creation you added to this world. A true joy in our life to have met this kind, loving, woman.
    Rest in Peace with our mom, she loved you!

    Love you,

    Sabrina & Scila

  15. Dwain textor

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    Lovely tribute. We have many fond memories of Auntie Vi. She welcomed us to Prince George in 2001 when we moved north. Many hours playing crib at the seniors center. Amazing how many friends she had and how many people knew her.
    She will be missed.
    Dwain and Cathy Textor

  16. Andrea and Rudi Bruns

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    A wonderful tribute to your mom! Always remember the joyous memories you have. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on your loss.

  17. Lillian Lang

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    Ed, I know I should call you this but Eddie always comes to mind. I just read your Moms obit in the PRince George Citizen. Thinking of your Mom brings back so many memories of past years with the Palleys. As a young woman with all the insecurities one has I admired your Mom in her ability to Be totally independent, live life as she wanted and to be a great Mom.
    She will always be remembered as she was so loved by so many.

  18. Leigh Stewart

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    A lovely tribute to an amazing woman. RIP Violet.

  19. Maureen Rinfret

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    Ed, aren’t we lucky to have had a loving and inspirational mother in our lives. I share the same admiration for my Mom as you have so eloquently expressed for your Mum. Your love and pride in her was so evident the other day when a few of us listened to your account of her at the front of the Dogwood. Your Mum seemed like a renaissance woman who lived life to the fullest. You took good care of her and I’m sure she was very proud of the man her only son turned out to be. I’m sure you will have many a conversation with her from time to time. We are so fortunate to have been raised by the best. The Lions Gate Hospital is a worthy recipient to carry on the good work it does.

  20. Darlene Ewings

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    A life well lived! Our condolences on your loss. She dedicated her life to her son. Treasure the memories , as she was so special to so many.

  21. Ida and Rob Taylor

    24 July 2019 4 months ago

    You’ve done your mom proud, Ed, with this write up of her life! What a full life she lived and she was indeed welcoming to anyone she met! She will be missed, may God rest her soul. We’ll see you on August 24th to celebrate her life.

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