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It is with deep sadness and heartbreak that we announce the passing of Ting Fang Mah on January 3, 2021. Ting was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. After a very brief battle against Covid-19, Ting passed away from this life, at his home at the age of 94. Ting was a strong and present character, respected in our community, an avid learner, and taught us all with his wise and calm demeanor. Above all, Ting was a positive man who accepted everyone even across cultural barriers.
Ting Fang was born in the Hamlet of An Yang Li, in Baisha, Toishan, Guangdong Province, China on Jan. 16, 1926. He became a senior electrical engineer and worked for over 20 years in Beijing, immigrating to Edmonton with his wife and 7 year old daughter in 1975. Thereafter, Ting Fang transitioned to life in English-speaking Canada with the assistance of the Chinese Mah Society. He subsequently worked many more years as an electrical designer and electrical repairman in Fort McMurray and Edmonton until his retirement in 1992. Ting Fang’s life was one of challenge, transition, and survival spanning the history of China’s transition from imperial monarchy to capital and communist revolutions, Japanese occupation, World War II, Cultural Revolution, starting anew immigration at age 50, and then the economic upheavals of the Alberta oilpatch of the 1980’s.
Ting will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Ching-Lan; daughter, Sue (Cameron); son, Alfred (Ivy); grandchildren, Sya, Kai, Evelyn, nephew George Chan; and many other family and friends. Ting was predeceased by his dad, Chee-Dick Mah; his mom, Ugenie Huang; sister, Yick Ching Chan; brother, Ging Fong Mah, and nephew, Jimmie Chan.
Special thanks to the staff at Touchmark Senior Living Centre for making Ting Fang’s last 6 years more comforting and secure.
A combined private service will be held and live streamed, alongside beloved deceased wife, Ching Lan Mah at 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home.