Peter Ng Yuen

Peter Ng Yuen

Thursday, June 11th, 1942 - Friday, January 8th, 2021
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Peter Ng Yuen

June 11, 1942 - January 8, 2021

Peter, age 78, a proud Torontonian, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021, with his two daughters holding his hands and by his side.

Peter attended St. Benedict’s College in Trinidad. He then went on to study at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts, Commerce degree in 1969. He stayed in Canada and continued to build his life and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, concentrating in Public Administration, from York University in 1981, and a Masters in Public Administration from Queen's University in 1991. Peter dedicated his working life to Citizen and Immigration Canada, where he worked for over 35 years, from 1975 to 2011, and where he held the title of Senior Program Adviser, managing settlement programs for immigrants and newcomers to Canada, and writing speeches for senior members of the department.

He had an unparalleled passion for education and learning throughout his entire life, and especially in the latter part of his life when he embarked on a new career as a Gentleman Dance Host; this allowed him to travel the world on some of the finest cruise ships, where he acted as a consortium dance host to those looking to learn to dance, as well as those needing a dance partner to dance the night away!

Inspirationally, at the age of 68, Peter decided to merge his love for learning and dancing and embarked on the American Style Ballroom Instructor Program at the Joy of Dance Centre, where he trained in 17 dances, and graduated from the program the following year, becoming a Ballroom Dance Instructor at the age of 69! Throughout his 70s, he continued to attend dance classes, workshops and events at every moment, and travelled most of the world, completing several 'world cruises' as a Gentleman Dance Host. During his 70s, he also committed to learning and honing his Spanish skills by completing many Spanish classes and participating in Spanish meetup programs throughout Toronto.

Peter will always be remembered for this zest for life, his love for people, his infectious optimism and his dedication to spiritual development and enlightenment. As a man who whole-heartedly committed to learning new crafts throughout his life, he served as an example that one can do anything at any age.

Peter is survived by his spouse Elizabeth Ng Yuen and loving daughters Tanya Heimlich-Ng Yuen and Nicole Ng Yuen-Earnshaw, and their spouses Christian Heimlich and Marcus Earnshaw. He was the brother of Rosemarie Foley, Shirley Hong Tong, Patricia Lam, Pat Reid and John Ng Yuen, and 'Uncle Peter' to eight nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, when it is possible for his large circle of friends and family to gather together to celebrate his life.
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Patrick, Margaret, Erin, Gailyn & Brendon Chan

Posted at 09:43pm
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Posted at 03:02pm
"I will miss Uncle Peter. During these last couple years, I'd come to know the man behind "Uncle Peter". During our regular calls, he would update me on his health - always very meticulous and detailed. He had one of the sharpest minds I'd ever known.
Invariably, we would talk about what's for lunch or dinner, and what good deals he had gotten at the grocery store. Uncle Peter had an eye and a passion for getting good deals! :) I'd tell him about the box of ataulfo mangoes that I got, and he would tell me the excellent deal he got, like $ 8.99 for a box, when I paid about $12.99!

I remember fondly, a time when I visited him in the summer of 2019. He took me to visit his beloved Burger King, where he got his daily free coffee. He greeted the Manager and staff like friends. It seems wherever Uncle Peter went, he made fast friends. I recall those times visiting him in the hospital, and invariably a nurse would come by for something. Uncle Peter always had a witty remark for them! THAT, I will always remember him for. He was blessed with a good nature, with wit and charm in spades. Don't even get me started on his duties as a dance host on his many cruise trips! But I digress. Back to Burger King. Uncle Peter would have his daily free coffee and read the free newspaper. Yes, you get the idea, Uncle Peter loved free stuff! LOL. So, on this occasion when I accompanied him, he did just that. We sat there at the window, having our coffees, the sunshine streaming through the windows. He pointed out the gym that he frequented. And then Nicole called her Dad at that time. And so there we were, all three of us, chatting away on WhatsApp video, in Burger King!! Yes, Uncle Peter was an avid fan of Whats app video call. It seemed that that was his only or possibly preferred method of calls. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, but once we were in the hospital ER waiting room, and the STARES we got!! LOL I don't think Uncle Peter was aware, or perhaps he didn't care :)

Uncle Peter was one of the most positive people I know. I mean, even when I asked him how he was doing (and he wasn't doing very well), he would pause, and say something positive. I don't think I've ever heard him say something negative these last years. He certainly cultivated an attitude of thankfulness, gratitude, and grace. He inspired me greatly in this regard.

After our conversations on the phone, I always felt good, at peace, sometimes inspired, and always grateful for any life lesson that he imparted, consciously or unconsciously. Being connected to Uncle Peter, being a part of his life, sharing in his gratitude for all that God gave him, was a richness and precious memory that I will always hold onto. It was a pleasure and indeed a privilege to have known him.

My dear Uncle Peter, you are with God, in His presence, the best place to be. I was just reading the Bible, John 11:25-26, where Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even though he dies. And he who lives and believes in me, will never die". So death is not final, we who believe, live forever. I will see you on the other side, Unc.

Sending much love, support, and prayers for comfort, strength and peace to my cousins, Tan and Nicole, and their hubbies, Chris and Marcus, and to Aunt Betty. And also, to Aunt Rosemarie, my mom, Aunt Pats (yes, don't ask, there are two :)), and the baby, Unc John. As well, to all my cousins, and to all of Unc Peter's many friends. May God comfort you and bless you, and keep you all."

Michael Soo-Chan Posted at 04:10pm

Hi Maxine, thank you for sharing these precious memories with your Uncle Peter; I had forgotten about his daily visits to Burger King for coffee; Peter had also mentioned to me that he brought his own healthy bread to Burger King...again thanks for sharing your vivid memories, as they offer joy and comfort.

Allan Lam Posted at 03:06pm

Well said Maxine. Although I had very limited contact with Peter I do remember how sharp his mind was. Was thrilled to hear about his dance adventures on many cruises and getting updates on his daughters. Over the past year , I was able to help out The family by visiting Peter at the hospital and taking him to an appointment. Those visits were special and was real nice to have one on one time with him. We will all miss him very much! Sometimes with hardship there is a positive and I believe in some way Peter’s passing during a pandemic has allowed our family to get much closer (virtually)! Rest In Peace Uncle Peter.

Jennifer Palmer

Posted at 10:49am
Sincere Condolences to the family. Rest in Peace Peter. You ran an excellent race. We will cherish the memories.

Michael Soo-Chan

Posted at 10:15am
My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to Betty, Tanya, Nicole, and family members for the your loss. I, myself take comfort in many wonderful memories over the years starting at McConnell Hall, one of the student residences at McGill University where Peter and I first met back in 1965. Over the years, our friendship has remained strong, and, even during his hospital stay at Toronto General Hospital, Peter would call me to ask how I was doing. During one call, my daughter, Lindsay answered the phone and she later mentioned to me, that Peter was concerned that I, myself, was hospitalised at St. Michael's Hospital. Peter was a dear friend, and his memories will live on in my heart. May God's Blessings be with you all during this moment of grief and forever. Rest in peace, dear Peter.

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