Cheng, Ian I

Cheng, Ian I

November 11th, 2019

Passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by his family, at Victoria Hospital, on Monday, November 11, 2019, in his 64th year. He is survived by his wife, Joan Hyde, and their children, Kristen Cheng, of Peterborough, and Tyler Cheng, of Morgantown, West Virginia. Also survived by sisters Susan Cheng (David Hoy) and Terry Cheng (George King), and their families, as well as many Chien and Cheng aunts, uncles and cousins. He will also be missed by his billet sons Aaron Berisha and Kole Sherwood. Ian was predeceased by his parents, Olive Chien and HsinHsia Cheng. Ian came to Canada with his family from Taiwan in his early teens and settled in Toronto. He was a proud alumnus of Lakehead University, but even prouder of being a professional engineer. For the past 18 years Ian worked for J-AAR Excavating and absolutely loved his job and his co-workers. Ian believed in giving back to his community and did this through his affiliation with Southwest Optimist, Southwest Optimist Competitive Soccer, Professional Engineers of Ontario London Chapter, Gold Medal Basketball and the Canadian Chinese National Council, London Chapter. Ian was an avid supporter of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Blue Jays and, of course, The London Knights. Special thanks to the excellent and compassionate staff at Victoria Hospital - Critical Care Unit. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, Ontario, where a Celebration of Life will be conducted on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Cremation has taken place. A private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KidSport (London Chapter) or The Max Domi Fund for Type 1 Diabetes at jdrf.ca/maxdomifund. Cheques must be made out to: JDRF Canada, and in the memo: The Max Domi Fund.

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Jamie MartelleI had the honour of working with Ian on a daily basis. His dedication to his professional career, love of sport and community was admirable. Ian was always joyful; he never showed anger or frustration. Condolences to Ian's loved ones.
Andy WongMr. Cheng and his family have always been wonderful to my family and I will forever be gracious of his generosity and dedication to his passion in sport. Condolences to Ian and his family.
Sophia Mao SmithIan was the oldest cousin in our generation from the Chien family. He was always like a big brother to me growing up in Taiwan. His unexpected passing brought back memories of my mom’s unexpected passing in 2004. My heart aches for Ian’s family. Nothing can prepare someone from an unexpected passing of a love one. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could be there to comfort you as you grieve. With all my love.
William MaoIan was my eldest cousin. After Cheng family moved to Canada and our family to Texas, our families have stay in close contact. Ian first visited Houston in 1982 and on other occasions. He rarely missed a family (Chien) get together. Ian’s mom (Aunt Olive) and my mom, Jean, were the two eldest Chien sisters and they were close until their last days. Ian’s sudden passing brings back sad memories. Ian will be dearly missed!
William ChienWe are heart broken to hear about the sudden passing of our nephew Ian. A good son, brother, husband and father. He left us too young, too soon. We cherish good memories of times together with him. R. I. P. Uncle William & Aunt Louise
Ginny PoonI have known Ian and Joan and their family since they moved to London ON in the 1980's. Ian was a kind-hearted, helpful, sincere, caring friend. He gave his best in everything he did for his profession and for his community. To deal with the sudden loss of your loved one is extreme and hard. I trust that memories of the times you spent together will heal your sorrow. May you find solace with the passage of time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences to Joan, Kristen and Tyler for your loss.
Wei, Bill, Rachel,RyanIan was our beloved eldest cousin. A good husband, father, and big brother. We are deeply saddened by his unexpected passing. We are looking at the pictures we took in 2011 and 2006, those are good memories. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest condolences to Joan, Kristen, Tyler and rest of the family.
Emma RankinWe moved to London just 5 years ago from Muskoka. New to the city with twin boy desperate to play basketball Ian was our saviour. He continued to be the same when my daughter wanted a play to play. Ian somehow made time to make everyone feel important and make individuals part of a community. I learnt of his passing through my high school children. He touched generations. We were all saddened by the news and send our love and prayers to you all at this incredibly sad news.
Joe AdamsI will always remember Ian for his friendship, loyalty to his profession and service to others.
Cory McGinnessJoan, Kristen, Tyler and the Cheng family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Ian. You are in my thoughts today, and in the days to come as you mourn the loss of a wonderful man.
Kelly Hong (Logan)So sad to hear especially unexpected. I can sympathize with all the mixed emotions of losing a dad. Hold on to your loved ones and enjoy life every moment. Remember those memories with your dad (loved one) will be there forever. Xo
Manish DalalWill always remember him as a born volunteer , very kind, inclusive , caring , dedicated . My condolences to the Ian's family. May his soul rest in peace.
Michael SelliahMy sincere condolences to the Cheng family. Ian was a passionate member of the basketball community and he will be missed by many.
Dave UnderwoodVery sad news. Our condolences to the families. I worked with Ian for a year and a half and he was a great colleague. His involvement in so many organizations is a true testament to his character. He will be missed by many.
Carole AltonOn behalf of the North London Optimist Club, I would like to extend our condolences to the Cheng family. Some of our members have known Ian for a number of years and will miss seeing him at Optimist events especially Our Breakfast with Santa.
Jason LandryVery sorry for your sudden loss. I had opportunity to meet and even curl with Ian during PEO events during the last couple of years. He will be missed.
Jenny ChangWe are saddened by the loss of our cousin Ian. We will always remember him as a strong and caring person and treasure the wonderful memories that we have of him over the years. We are praying for God's strength and comfort for the family during this time.
Catharina van EsVery sorry for your loss Joan......take comfort in remembering the times you spent together and love of your children that you both shared.
Colleen and Mike McIlmoyleSo sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. We appreciated his passion and dedication to sports in London. He was generous with his time to our daughter and was a positive influence in her development as an athlete. Our sincere condolences to Joan, Kristen and Tyler.
Mam Wang and FamilySo shocked to learn of this, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Cheng family. From Mam (Audrey) Wang, Joe and Jeremy Lee, Jim and Cindy Wang, Chia-Lin Wang and family.
Ted and Pauline GoughJoan and family, so sad to hear of Ian's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Gabriele BurnardJoan I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you must be going through right now but I hope your wonderful family, many good friends and loving memories will help you through your pain Take care my friend .Gabi
Mary HuyzenJoan I was sadden by the news of Ian's death. Be comforted knowing mine as well as many others thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Judi GraystoneJoan, my sincerest condolences to you! May you find comfort in your family and friends, and knowing that Ian will be missed. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”
Peter and Eleana HoIan’s passing deeply sadden us. We feel lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing Ian. We will miss him but will always remember him fondly
Halupnik FamilyIan had an amazing impact on so many people, something that became obvious anywhere you would see him. As a coach he showed great care for not only his players but players on any team. His love for sports, food, and spending time with his family always stood out. The entire Halupnik family extends their condolences & love to Joan, Tyler, Kristen and all of Ian’s family & friends.
Rae-Ann RossiniDear Joan, I am so very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Ian. It is a shocking reminder how precious life is and how quickly things can change. I cannot imagine how you are coping, but please know that there are many people sharing your sorrow and holding you in our hearts. My deepest condolences to you and your children.
SuoziIvan was my cousin. We had been in contact quite often in Canada before my family and I left for Europe 20 years ago. I always wanted to meet up again, but this wish became impossible after November 11, 2019. Ivan was a kind-hearted big brother to me. I have never even seen him angry before. He was patient and worked very meticulously. I remember that I felt safe sitting in his car whenever he was driving, he was never in a hurry. I am so sad to lose him and I am praying for him. I offer my most sincere condolences to Joan and their children.
Janice Miller& Rodney BrownTo Joan, Kristen, Tyler and all of your family. We are very sorry for the sudden loss of Ian. We send our deepest sympathy to everyone and be sure our thoughts are with you now and always. Sincerely Janice & Rodney.
Allan and Susanne QuanAbsolutely shocked and sadden to learn of Ian's passing. We hope that he knew of our appreciation to his "stepping up to the plate" when CCNC needed his calm and conciliatory leadership skills. To Joan, Kristen, and Tyler, please accept our sincere condolences.
David RagobarMy son Aaron and I send our deepest condolences and sympathy to the Cheng family. Our sons played basketball against each other during their teenage years.
Sonja Cornelius My family would like to send our heartfelt condolences to you a and your family Joan we can’t express our sorrow
Tom & Nora GroshokDear Joan and your family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband Ian. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers Sincerely, Tom, Nora Groshok and family.
The Wilkinson family So sorry to hear about Ian. How life changes so quickly. We are also sorry we are unable to be there for the Service but we just wanted to let you know that you are in our Hearts and our Thoughts.
Jenny SloanDear Joan and family I want to express my sadness to you and your family for the sudden passing of Ian. This will be a difficult time for you, but be comforted by the many family and friends who are thinking of you.
Dan PasicSo sad to hear of Ian’s passing and so sorry I was unable to attend the visitation or service. Just wanted you to know you are being thought of at this most difficult of times. Ian lived a life that although tragically shortened leaves a legacy of good deeds and character that will live on.
Susan YehWe are terribly saddened to hear of my cousin Ian's passing. Joan, Kristen, Tyler and family, you are in our prayers as you grieve the loss of such a wonderful man. May God comfort you during this time and be near to you.
The Tureski FamilyWords alone cannot express how deeply saddened we were to hear of Ian's passing. Such a huge loss to your family. Ian was an extraordinary man who had a very special place in our father's heart. Back when Ian was a student working at the MNR, during his years at Lakehead University, our father Bill took him under his wing. He was his mentor and the bridge that led him to his engineering success. Years passed, but the bond they shared was never forgotten. Whether it was through a letter, Christmas card or a phone call, they still kept in touch. In fact a couple of years ago, Ian and Joan were in Thunder Bay and they made a point of connecting with my parents. Mom and Dad were absolutely thrilled. Sadly for all of us, this connection now has a monumental void, as our father also passed away a few months ago. No one is meant to last forever, but what we feel in our hearts will never leave us. May you cherish your father's memory and know that our Dad will be watching over him, just as he did so many years ago. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. Sincerely, Elsie, Susan, Sandra, Stephanie and Families
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