On June 19th, Dick passed away at home of a sudden vascular event at age 53.
Dick is survived by over thirty pairs of five finger toe-shoes and his dog Padfoot. He is remembered with love by his friend and wife of 30 years Heather-Jane; his children, Cara, Raeann, and Eric; his parents, Chi Cheong, and Cheich Min Jenny; his brother, Samson (Natasha); his sister, Peggy (Jody); his extended family and many friends.
In his practice, Dick cared for the whole patient. He created an exercise clinic for patients and their families to work out together and organized Lion and Chinese Dance performances for LTC patients.
He loved to share his experiences with anyone who was game. He was passionate about exercise for himself and others, waking everybody up at 5:00 am to work out at November Project. He loved to paddle, ski, hike, and golf with his family.
Community involvement brought him more joy to share. He mentored youth volunteers with Arts on the Ave, where his “Au Crew” has been integral to Kaleido and Deep Freeze. Volunteering and enjoying performances on the hill at Folk Fest was a family affair.
More than anything else, Dick centered his life on family. He was humble and willing to listen and work to keep being an even better husband, father, and son. We will miss his delicious cooking, taking care of spiders for us, and cringeworthy jokes. We are so grateful that we celebrated Father’s Day with dinner and golf on the day before his unexpected passing.
We wish to thank the emergency responders for doing everything they could for our family in our time of need.
A private funeral service will be held at St. Thomas More Parish. A livestream of the service will be available, please click here to join. Please consider donating in his memory to Arts on the Ave’s Dr. Au Celebration Fund or cheques can be mailed to:
Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society
c/o Treasurer of the Board
#17, 2419 – 133 Ave NW