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Wednesday January 30, 2013

Dr. Ka-iu Fung
1935 - 2013
It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Dr. Ka-iu Fung on January 22, 2013 at the age of 77. He faced his advanced prostate cancer with tremendous courage and remained positive throughout his illness. Ka-iu was born on June 26, 1935 in Hong Kong. After enduring a difficult childhood and surviving the hardships of WWII he went on to excel in high school, eventually winning a much coveted place in university where he studied Geography. He eventually won a scholarship to do his MSc at the University of Alberta in Edmonton which started his life in Canada. He moved to Saskatoon in 1965 after being recommended to work as a cartographer on the Atlas of Saskatchewan. He earned his PhD from the University of London, England in 1979. During his career at the University of Saskatchewan he served as editor on the Atlas of Saskatchewan for the 'Millennium Edition'. He was extremely proud of his involvement in the atlas projects often marvelling that he had done most of the maps in the first edition by hand while the update was done fully on the computer. The latest Atlas of Saskatchewan won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and has taken its place on many bookshelves in the province. After 37 years of dedicated service to the Department of Geography at the University of Saskatchewan, Ka-iu retired in 2002 and was bestowed the title of Professor Emeritus. One of his greatest joys and sources of pride was to meet former students and find out where they have ended up. During his working years, he also helped in the family businesses; Mom's Bulk Foods and Genesis Restaurant, among others. He filled his retirement years enjoying his swimming (80 laps a day!), gardening, cooking, travelling and playing with his grandchildren. He was always trying to improve and learn new things - a great inspiration to us all. Ka-iu is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Yen, his children, Michelle (Steven Pritchard), Angela (Patrick) Jamieson and Mark (Kirsty). He also leaves four energetic grandchildren who brought him great joy: Millie, Ted, Dean and Emerson. He will also be lovingly remembered by a brother and three sisters and numerous nephews and nieces around the world. He was predeceased by his father, Fung Ho Kin, and mother, Hsu Suk Yin, and three brothers. The family would like to thank all who touched Ka-iu's life, whether family, friends, colleagues or former students. We would especially like to thank all those who provided excellent care to our father; staff at the Cancer Clinic at RUH, the Oncology Department at SPH and Home Care (Palliative Care). We are proud of his life and his accomplishments and the footprints he left. He will be greatly missed. Please feel free to share memories of Ka-iu's life by signing the guest book linked to his obituary, which can be found at thestarphoenix.com.

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