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"LIM" 2007 Obituary


LIM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-01 published
Father hailed as hero for sacrifice on Lake Superior
By Ian BAILEY and Matthew TREVISAN, Page A6
Vancouver, Toronto -- Kenny LIM wasn't a strong swimmer, but he was a strong father.
That devotion to his children prompted him to try to save his son, Dexter, when they found themselves in trouble while swimming in Lake Superior. The 10-year-old survived, but the effort cost his 47-year-old father his life.
Cynthia LIM, Mr. LIM's wife of 15 years, conceded yesterday that her husband wasn't much of a swimmer.
"He swam a little bit in pools, but only if he could see the bottom," Mrs. LIM said after a memorial service yesterday that drew an overflow crowd to the family's Baptist church in their central Vancouver neighbourhood.
She wasn't surprised by his final act. "He never would have hesitated. That wouldn't have been in him."
Her brother, David WRIGHT, agreed, standing outside in the sunshine after the emotional memorial service where tears over Mr. LIM's passing mingled easily with laughter over Mr. LIM's endearing quirks.
"It's a horrible situation to be in," Mr. WRIGHT said, pondering the dilemma his brother-in-law faced in his final moments. "But it does show what Kenny was like. The core of Kenny's character was that love he has for other people. That's something that won't be forgotten."
Mr. LIM, a graphic artist at CTV in Vancouver for the past 10 years, was coming home from Ontario after a four-week vacation that took his wife and three children across Canada to visit family in Toronto. In addition to Dexter, there are two daughters, Malika, 14, and six-year-old Akita.
At about 2 p.m. on July 21, he was swimming in Lake Superior with Dexter near where MacLean's Creek flows into the lake, Ontario Provincial Police said.
The family was staying at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park - about 25 kilometres west of Terrace Bay in northwestern Ontario - and were swimming after a week of heavy rainfall, said Nipigon Ontario Provincial Police Staff Sergeant Brent ANDERSON.
"There was some heavy runoff coming out of the creek and the current being what it was, I think Mr. LIM got out there and got into that current," he said.
Staff Sgt. ANDERSON said conflicting witness statements made it unclear what happened next: Either Dexter started having difficulty swimming and Mr. LIM swam to his son's side, or they both had trouble swimming.
"They were out there together and, at some point, it became evident the father was struggling to swim and, at that point, the son was certainly trying to help the father," Staff Sgt. ANDERSON said.
A nearby camper came to their aid, and the camper and Dexter made it safely to shore. Mr. LIM, however, slipped beneath the surface.
About 90 minutes later, a boater who had volunteered to search the lake with an Ontario Provincial Police officer found Mr. LIM in water 3½ metres deep, about nine metres away from where he was last spotted. An autopsy report later confirmed he drowned.
Aspects of the situation may have been unclear to police, but Mr. LIM's Friends and family yesterday saw things with clarity. He was a hero.
"No one wants to see anyone leave this earth," Jim Leung, a CTV camera operator in Vancouver, said after the service. "But what a way to do it, as a hero."
The pair had worked together for a decade. Mr. Leung last saw Mr. LIM the day before he left on his vacation.
Mr. LIM was always cheerful - "I got a really good vibe from him" - but seemed in especially good spirits before that break.
"He was so looking forward to getting away. It was one of his first vacations for a very, very long time and I knew he needed it. You know: pressures at work as anyone's life has. I was so happy for him to take a breath and to be happy with his family."
There was little, if any, reference during the service yesterday to exactly how Mr. LIM died.
Mourners instead laughed and wept through vivid recollections of how Mr. LIM lived, touching on his devotion to his family, his Friends, his colleagues and his Christian faith. There was talk of his technical wizardry, his intense ability to focus, and his dedicated service as a Cub Scout leader.
Mr. WRIGHT chuckled at how his brother-in-law taught himself to play guitar over the past five years. They struggled together.
"We would get together and try and strum some songs, but we couldn't keep the rhythm. That was a funny time. But he kept up with it. He would look [things] up on the Internet, look things up all the time."
Mr. LIM had always loved music. "He was too busy with life to [learn guitar], and he thought he would never do it, then he saw his younger brother-in-law picking it up, and he thought, 'What am I waiting for?' "
Speaking an hour earlier to the gathered mourners, Mr. WRIGHT said Mr. LIM's death was a shock and a tragedy. "He had so much living left to do."
Asked how the family was doing, Mrs. LIM said, "It's tough," but added that their faith is strong and their church has offered "awesome" support.
Mrs. LIM doubted her husband was afraid at the end.
"He loved his son so much he would have done anything. It didn't matter. He wouldn't have thought. He would just immediately have gone."

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LIM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-01 published
LIM, Jade Jee Pung
(Jade Teerath RAM) With great sadness we announce the death of our beloved mother and 'Nai Nai', Jade Lim Jee PUNG. Born on August 13, 1937, Jade passed away at Toronto General Hospital on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at the age of 70. Her sons Terry and Jason, their wives Amanda and Nicole, and her granddaughters Kate and Ellie were by her bedside the last days of her life. We know that Mama has now joined our Papa, Teerath RAM, who passed away 25 years ago. Friends and family may visit at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 lights west of Yonge St.) on Monday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Service Tuesday at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, at 2: 00 p.m. Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

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LIMPERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-11 published
RAHN, Frederick " Fred" Donald Andrew
Peacefully in his 95th year at Post Inn Village in Oakville. Loving husband of the late Audrey (née LIMPERT) and Dad to John (Nancy) of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Joel (Margaret) of Ottawa, Jay (Sharon HARRIS) of Toronto and Julie-Anne of Oakville. Fred was predeceased by his brothers Eric and Cecil and is survived by his brother Ken of Vancouver. He leaves grandchildren Elizabeth (Alan CHOW), Brian (Victoria) and Caroline (André TREMBLAY) and great-granddaughter Emma TREMBLAY as well as many nieces and nephews. Fred was raised in Kitchener and Tavistock, Ontario. Fred's career encompassed management positions in sales, marketing and human resources mainly in the wholesale fuel oil business from which he retired in 1976. An early member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakville, he was active in its development for almost fifty years including serving on its lay Board at the time the church's building on Spruce Avenue in Oakville was constructed. Fred was an avid curler with the Oakville Curling Club and, in later years, a keen lawn bowler with the Oakville Lawn Bowling Club. Fred was also an active amateur film maker. In his early retirement years, Fred took the Tourism and Travel course at Sheridan College and then organized overseas tours. Fred was also active in print and television modeling, including a number of assignments as Santa's representative as well as an 'extra' in film productions in the Toronto area. Fred particularly enjoyed working on the Milton Berle film 'Off Your Rocker'. A Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 12, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, corner of Reynolds and Spruce Street, Oakville, with reception to follow at Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds Street, Oakville (905-844-3221). Private interment at Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Canadian Lutheran World Relief ( would be much appreciated.

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