A Celebration of Life for Mary Wong
March 11, 1959 - October 10, 2019
Mary Wong passed away peacefully on October 10th, 2019 with close friends and family. She will be dearly missed.
When she was ill, she expressed a desire to have all of her closest friends and colleagues together to celebrate her incredible life and accomplishments, to share memories and to think of her joyously. In her honour, I would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, February 8th 2019 to do just that.
Mary Mui Li Wong
Mom, Partner, Sister, and "Last Woman Sounding"
(Photo by Aizick Grimman)
Mary Mui Li Wong passed away peacefully in her sleep at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at 09:43AM on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. She was first diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer in September 2017. After a courageous 2 year battle, she was admitted to PMCC on September 24th and moved to Palliative Care on October 8th. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family and close friends.
Mary was born in Hong Kong to Ben and Susan Wong on March 11, 1959, immigrated to Canada when she was 2 and settled in Vancouver with her parents, her brother, and her two sisters. Her life thereafter was filled with worldly adventures and beautifully crafted relationships with those around her.
She always had a creative flair about her - when she was younger, she aspired to become a fashion designer or photographer. So when she started working at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) at 19, she didn’t anticipate the direction her life would take .
After a few years at CBC Vancouver, she jumped at the opportunity to learn French and move to Toronto to work as a bilingual editor. Unafraid of a challenge and armed with the strong work ethic that she became known for, she had no trouble picking up her third language and moved her life across the country to Toronto.
Her work at the CBC took her all over the world, to places like Haiti, India, and Kenya. After working with the Toronto French bureau in the late 70s and CBC National News in the early/mid 80s, she became a Sound Technician and Editor for The Journal, and was assigned to Beijing. During that assignment in China, she found herself working on and in the midst of the Tiananmen Square protests.
The people she met at the CBC became some of her closest friends and confidants, including her long-time partner Brian Denike. In 1990, they were both posted to the London, England bureau of the CBC. There, they welcomed their daughter Jasmine.
After returning to Toronto, Mary continued to work and travel while raising her daughter. She was fully committed to being a mother in the same way that she was completely devoted to her work.
While working with The National she often lent her talents to CBC’s The Fifth Estate, The Nature of Things, Marketplace, and the Doc Unit. This eventually led to freelance work after her retirement.
Despite her diagnosis, she continued to work on many projects, caught up with friends, and travelled with her daughter.
She is missed dearly by her daughter Jasmine, sisters Margaret and Marion, brother Stanley, mother Susan, and her loving extended family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, ON.
If you have any questions, concerns or accessibility needs please feel free to reach out. Details on how to get to the event, parking info, and accommodations for those coming in from out of town will be shared here.
Green P on the North/East corner of Queen and Broadview
Paid Green P Parking on Broadview and Queen (check street specific restrictions)
Public Transit (TTC):
Queen Streetcar (501) from Queen Station (east to Neville Park) or from the Beaches (west to High Park or Humber) and stop at Broadview Ave.
Subway to Broadview Station, take the King Streetcar via Dundas West (504) south and stop at Broadview Ave./Queen St.
90 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4M 0A7